Key Quotes for 2010

Key Quotes for 2010

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Last update: Friday 18th October
 
A poll of over 1,000 adults, conducted by ComRes, reveals that 62% of people believe that spending less will make no difference to their Christmas because it 'is about more than presents'. Only 15% of people believe Christmas will be worse, while 18% think spending less will make it better as they can concentrate on 'the things that matter'.
Odd FactsTheos Think Tank - December 2010
 
A poll of over 1,000 adults, conducted by ComRes, reveals that people in the lowest socio-economic group (DE) are more likely to dread Christmas (22% compared with a national average of 18%), borrow money, if necessary, for Christmas (15% compared with 13%), believe Christmas to be over-rated (61% compared with 54%) and spend Christmas alone (11% compared with 6%).
Odd FactsTheos Think Tank - December 2010
 
An open letter signed by senior Church of England bishops including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, warning that gay rights laws put homosexual rights over those of others. Their warning came ahead of a High Court hearing of a case by a Christian couple who were barred from being foster parents of their views on homosexuality. At the High Court Eunice and Owen Johns argued that their rights are being trumped by those of homosexuals under equality legislation. The Bishops, including the Rt Rev Michael Scott-Joynt and Michael Nazir-Ali, backed their claims that Labour’s equality laws marginalized Christianity.
Religious PersecutionChurch of England November 5, 2010
 
The naming and shaming of failing schools works, research claims. Researchers at Bristol University said the publication of league tables raises average school performance. Bristol’s Centre for Market and Public organisation compared the educational outcomes in England, where tables of secondary schools are published and Wales where they have been abolished. It revealed abolishing tables saw a fall of two GCSE grades per pupil, per year.
EducationThe Sentinel November 3, 2010
 
The Diocese of Toronto’s same-sex blessings guidelines published last week will not violate the Anglican communion’s moratorium on same-sex blessings, a letter from the Diocese’s five bishops to their clergy clams. While the ceremony will acknowledge God’s blessings upon the couple, the Toronto rite will impart no legal or ecclesial recognition of the same-sex couple’s relationship.
ChurchChurch of England November 12, 2010
 
A study has revealed that British parents are becoming increasingly relaxed about their children drinking alcohol and taking drugs. One-third of the 3,000 parents surveyed stated that it wouldn’t concern them if their child smoked cannabis. Almost as many believed that experimenting with drugs was a normal part of growing-up. Most would allow their children an occasional drink at home from the age of 13 and 10% were happy for their children to drink regularly from the age of 16. On the issue of sexuality, most agreed with the law, stating that they wouldn’t be happy with their children having sex before the age of 16. However, there were wide regional differences with a fifth of Londoners being unconcerned about their child becoming sexually active at the age of 13.
Young PeopleYouthwork December 2010
 
The Archbishop of York has warned young people against worship – the worship of celebrity culture as a path to success. Dr John Sentamu advises the current generation to turn their backs on violence and towards creating their own opportunities.
Young PeopleChurch of England Newspaper October 22, 2010
 
A Pew Forum on religion and Public Life survey, published in September, shows that atheists and agnostics know Christian doctrine better than many Christians. The reason for this surprise finding may be that atheists and agnostics are people who have thought a lot about religion. ‘The survey confirms that we know almost nothing about our own religions and even less about the religions of other people’ said Stephen Prothero, a professor of religion at Boston University.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now November 2010
 
In September, a television and billboard pro-euthanasia group Exit Inter-national, headed by Dr. Philip Nitschke, was banned in Australia. The contentious TV advert was set to be aired on September 12 but advertising regulators denied permission for the ad to go ahead. In September, Exit’s billboard advertising campaign was also banned under state laws which do not allow the aiding or abetting of suicide or attempted suicide.
MediaEvangelicals Now November 2010
 
New data form the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in August revealed a substantial increase in the number of civil partnership dissolutions. In 2009, 351 civil partnerships were dissolved almost double those in 2008. The number of civil partnerships peaked at 4,869 in the first quarter of 2006, as longstanding same-sex couples took advantage of the change in the law, but there has been a slowdown since.
Now November 2010
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now November 2010
 
After repots warning that churchgoing is on a downward spiral, the latest statistics from various denominations clearly show stability and signs of growth.
ChurchEvangelicals Now November 2010
 
In November and December, more than 1,000 posters asking the question “is there more to Christmas?” will appear inside buses in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. The campaigns are being sponsored by Message on the Move (MEMO) as part of a ministry to communicate Christian truth to the traveling pubic in the UK.
MediaIdea November/December 2010
 
Britain is the 13th most prosperous country in the world, according to a comprehensive survey published today. The 2010 Prosperity Index placed the UK outside the top 10 due to “mediocre scores” in health and education. The survey, by London-based think tank the Legatum Institute, is based on analysis of economic and wellbeing data for 110 countries covering 90 per cant of the world’s population. Norway topped the league, with Denmark placed second and Finland third.
World IssuesThe Sentinel October 25, 2010
 
Violent images of gun crime on TV and in video games are leading people “to want to do it for real”, MPs have been told. The Countryside Alliance, the Gun Trade Association and British Association of Shooting and Conservation (Basc) – three groups which typically back shooting all said they believed images of shooting and violence on TV and in games influenced the way people used weapons. It came after scientists said last week watching violent films desensitized teenage boys.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel October 27, 2010
 
Heavy smoking in mid-life more than doubles the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a study has shown. U.S. researchers followed the progress of more than 21,000 middle-aged men and women for an average of 23 years. Those who consumed more than two packets of 20 cigarettes a day had a 157 per cent higher chance of suffering Alzheimer’s than non-smokers. They also had a 172 per cent increased risk of vascular dementia. Lead researcher Dr Rachel Whitmer said: “This study shows that the brain is not immune to the long-term consequences of heavy smoking.”
HealthThe Sentinel October 26, 2010
 
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