Andrew Brown

Will There Be a Catholic Church Schism Under Pope Francis?

Until this weekend, I had largely believed in the liberal narrative which holds that Pope Francis’s reforms of the Catholic church are unstoppable. But the conservative backlash has been so fierce and so far-reaching that for the first time a split looks a real, if distant, possibility.

Keep reading...Show less

There Are as Many Atheisms as There Are Gods

There are as many atheisms as there are gods. We spend most of our lives disbelieving in things without wasting time asking why, and quite right too. So what is it that makes some particular forms of disbelief intellectually fertile or socially significant? Nick Spencer’s short history of atheism goes a long way towards answering this question, and anyone seriously interested in religion and irreligion today should read it.

Keep reading...Show less

Church of England Likely to Allow Persons with Vaginas to Be Bishops

The Church of England's General Synod looks almost certain to vote through the legislation for female bishops on Monday with even a leading opponent now saying he would "put good money on it".

Keep reading...Show less

George W Bush's New Crusade: Converting Jews to Christianity

Some people think George W Bush did as much as he could to bring about Armageddon with his earlier interventions in the Middle East. But not the man himself, apparently. He has signed up for a fundraising event for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, an organisation which aims to promote the second coming by converting Jews to Christianity, and will speak today at their fundraiser in Irving, Texas.

Keep reading...Show less
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by