Philosophy and Religion News Digest, 15th May 2015

Here is this week’s news digest, many thanks to @Welly_Library

NSA mass phone surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden ruled illegal

Babies born at 22 weeks may have better survival chances than was thought


Pope offers forgiveness to women who had abortions


Court reserves judgment in dispute over dead daughter’s frozen eggs

Eve Online: how a virtual world went to the edge of apocalypse and back

Third atheist blogger killed in Bangladesh knife attack

Beware the online “Filter Bubbles”

Hand-stitched Magna Carta Wikipedia page explores the fabric of democracy


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Philosophy and Religion news digest 21st March 2015

Interesting stories again this week, thanks as ever to @Welly_Library

ISC report acknowledges failings but paves way for snooper’s charter


Muslim prayers in Church of England parish


Circular thinking: Stonehenge’s origin is subject of new theory

Social mobility and poverty:

Child rearing is too important to be left to the market

German churches open their doors to refugees under protection of ancient custom


Spanish convents use social media to recruit new nuns

Obituary of Philosopher Colin Strang


Twitter puts trillions of tweets up for sale to data miners

Do your genes determine your entire life?

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Philosophy and Religion news digest 16th March 2015

Here’s last week’s news digest – sorry it’s a few days late. Enjoy!

Indian government remains defiant over ban on BBC rape documentary


That Dragon, Cancer: is it right to make a game about cancer?


Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

The Kids Are All Right – Have we made our children into moral monsters?

Getting married before having children ‘boosts chances of staying together’ – study

Cardinal: Church’s ‘severe’ stance towards gay or divorced Catholics left people ‘branded’


For first time, school with ‘Christian ethos’ wins inclusivity award

Thugs wanted – bring your own boots: how Isis attracts foreign fighters to its twisted utopia


Super Sikh: a superhero in a turban fighting injustice and ignorance

The battle to be Israel’s conscience

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Philosophy and Religion News Digest 6th March 2015

Here’s this week’s news digest. We had the Quilliam Foundation here last night, giving a talk about de-radicalization; a good thematic link to the debate about extremism on UK university campuses. Thanks as ever, @Welly_Library:

Worried when science plays God? It’s only natural

Dean of Chichester who was a gifted pastor and, amid much hostility, encouraged women priests

The Very Reverend John Treadgold – obituary


On the blacklist: how did the UK’s top building firms get secret information on their workers?

Government row over ban on extremist speakers on university campuses

What does it feel like to die?


What scares the new atheists


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Philosophy and Religion News Digest 2nd March 2015

Here’s this week’s news digest. Some great stories – fascinated by the Buddhist meditation mummy (I had a chance to quiz a Buddhist monk about this earlier today, in fact!). Enjoy.

Hugh Grant: This victory for free speech exposes newspaper bosses and Tory ministers as its enemy

Drone warfare: life on the new frontline


Iranian woman wins rights award for hijab campaign


Church jobs paying less than living wage is embarrassing, says Justin Welby


The Syria-bound schoolgirls aren’t jihadi devil-women, they’re vulnerable children


Homeless man to be buried inside the Vatican for the first time in Holy See history

Thousands sacrifice their privacy to help DNA study


Mummified monk revealed inside 1,000-year-old Buddha statue

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Philosophy and Religion News Digest 13th February 2015

Brilliant stuff for Philosophy and Religion in the news this week. I am enjoying the debate about humanism in the school curriculum. Weird and wonderful stuff about Samsung TVs spying on us (I actually have one of those …). Thanks as ever to @Welly_Library.

Rowan Williams: teach about non-belief in school Religious Studies classes

Pope Francis: parents can smack their children for bad behaviour

Pope Francis told to hand priests over to police as new Vatican child abuse commission starts work


Why are we obsessed with the Nazis?

‘I held his hand as he drank the fatal dose’: the day my husband chose to die

Safe space or free speech? The crisis around debate at UK universities


Loneliness major middle class problem says Church

Samsung rejects concern over ‘Orwellian’ privacy policy

The great internet swindle: ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?

Muslim rule and compass: the magic of Islamic geometric design

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Philosophy and Religion news digest 6th Feb 2015

A great mix of stories this week. Particularly important is the UK legislation for (genetically) three parent babies. Thanks as ever to the Wellington College Library.

Scientists accuse Church of ignorance over three parent babies

Big increase in religious slaughter of animals – Muslim campaigners reject use of stunning. Activists call for an end to non-stun animal slaughter


Iranian film on prophet Muhammad set for premiere

Shuja Shafi, head of the Muslim Council of Britain: ‘We’ve never claimed to speak for everyone’


Yuval Noah Harari: the theatre of terror


Ice church built on Romanian mountain


Antisemitic attacks in UK at highest level ever recorded

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