A study in the contrast between Political and Pneumatic Christianity in the light of the life and death of Billy Graham.

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The responses to the news of Billy Graham’s death have been varied, as one might have expected. They stretch from the kind:

 

“Thank you Billy.
For Everything.
See you on the other side,
Michael W.”

 

To the septic, as in that of the Teen vogue columnist Lauren Duca:

“The big news today is that Billy Graham was still alive this whole time. Anyway, have fun in hell, bitch.”

Archbishop Cranmer, (aka Adrian Hilton) penned a brief but admiring note in which he concentrated on what he perceived as the shift in Graham’s soteriology, and an implicit interrogation of his role as an evangelist.

“I used to believe that pagans in far countries were lost if they did not have the gospel of Christ preached to them,” (Dr Graham) said in a 1978 interview with McCall’s magazine. “I no longer believe that,” he added, calmly and assuredly. Continue reading “A study in the contrast between Political and Pneumatic Christianity in the light of the life and death of Billy Graham.”

What if Islamophobia were to become a hate crime? © Gavin Ashenden

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I had never heard of the Armenian genocide until I met Greg. He was an Armenian living in Toronto, and we were both part of a chamber group of musicians playing concerts to ‘lifers’ in Canadian jails. He told me how the determination of the Muslim Turks to eradicate all Armenian Christians had continued decades after the genocide. A Muslim threw a grenade into his family kitchen when he was 4. His mother screamed, overturned the kitchen table and dragged him behind it. It shielded them from the shrapnel. They survived. They left the Middle East for Canada. Continue reading “What if Islamophobia were to become a hate crime? © Gavin Ashenden”

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