Wise words that still hold true to this day

As one who has often responded critically to the comments of your religion correspondent, Alf McCreary, may I commend him for his article “Wise words of Isaac Watts … ” (Saturday Review, July 23). Alf makes a very perceptive analysis of the events of the last month and offers a truism which many people of faith would embrace. Samuel Rodigast

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The Bible and Homosexuality

What does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? (Publisher: IVP £7.99) by  Kevin DeYoung (Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan) ooOoo In this book the American pastor Kevin DeYoung offers us some clear Biblical insights into the current debate on this subject. Making the clear distinction, between same-sex attraction and same-sex activity, this book is conveniently divided into

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Orange Order discontented

I note with some interest that the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland are to seek yet another meeting with the Secretary of State to “register yet again our discontentment with this unacceptable situation”. (February 29) Are the Grand Lodge offices totally ignorant of the wise advice previously given from two sources? The Parades Commission, who commented in their July 2013 determination:

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The Contribution of the Orange Order to Irish Society

Published on the ‘Political MindFields’ Blog Site By Rev Brian Kennaway 15/10/2015   When my book was reviewed in History Ireland (May/June 2006) the reviewer, Kevin Haddick-Flynn commented: “He seeks to convince us that the Order’s true values, enshrined in its ordinances and constitution, are compatible with tolerance and equality, and that a reformed Order, true to its history, would

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Presbyterians and dissenting tradition

Sir, – While I have no wish to prolong this discussion I must respond to Prof Paul Carmichel (October 3rd). In 1988 the Presbyterian Church in Ireland revised its understanding of the confession by declaring, “the historical interpretation of the pope of Rome as the personal and literal fulfilment of the Biblical figure of ‘the antichrist’ and ‘the man of

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Presbyterian Church and marriage

Sir, – Since my letter of September 26th some contributors have missed the essential point of what was written, and even taken the “scenic route” around the subject. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland is a confessional church. That in effect means that the church’s ministers and elders who sign the Westminster Confession, as a confession of their faith, are tied

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Remarks show confusion about Church doctrine

Dear Sir, I note with some concern the remarks by your religion correspondent, Alf McCreary (BT 24 September). In the first place the public statement by Rev. Christina Bradley had to be responded to in public, just as a private statement would have required a response in private. Secondly, to use such language as ‘presbyterian thought police’ is grossly offensive

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