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Notre Dame

A few years ago, in a conversation with a self-professed ‘christian-atheist’, we discussed the topic of Christianity and culture, and especially the positive contribution that Christianity had made to Western civilisation. Christianity, he said, had been a good thing for the West, and perhaps the world, but not because it was true, rather, because it had contributed to our sense of ourselves. 

Here was a strong human narrative, and a way of thinking which had produced wonderful art, music and architecture.

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Should Christians Say Islam is Essentially Sexist and Violent?

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Civility is a Christian virtue. It is true that some of the sermons in the New Testament use abrupt, harsh language. But Paul did not begin his sermons in Lystra and Athens by demonising idolaters. And Jesus did not compare the religion of the Samaritans or the pagans who lived in the Decapolis as “satanic”.

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