Sunday, 30 December 2007

The stories of the year.

Christianity Today have listed their top ten stories of the year.

For Aussie’s I’d guess some of these would make our ten:
1. Taliban takes Korean short-term mission team hostage, killing two

2. Atheism tops the bestseller charts

3. Anglican Communion fractures over Scripture, homosexuality

4. Three Christians tortured and killed in eastern Turkey
We had a local connection with this story since one of our students had met some of these men when visiting Turkey. He did an interesting piece of art work about the incident for my Christian worldview class.

5. Francis Beckwith returns to Catholicism

One of the CT stories which probably wouldn’t make an Aussie top ten, but is worth noting is “Campaign to oust NAE's Richard Cizik fails”. This was a move by conservative evangelicals including to James Dobson to remove Cizik a vice-president of NAE who was very active in campaigning about global warming. Remember that the climate debate is political, and theo-political in the US.

I’d suggest our top ten continue as

6. Howard and Rudd meet with Christian leaders watched 100,000 Christians across Australia in a web-cast in ACL’s ‘Make it Count 2007’ on August 9.

7. Election of Rudd government with implications for IR, climate change, foreign aid and same-sex relationships – all of which Christians will be watching in 2008.

8. The release of the 2006 census information indicating that more Australians than ever identify as ‘no religion’, mainline denominations continue to decline in numbers, Christians make a smaller proportion of the population and the number of Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus has grow

9. Preparations for the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day continue in Sydney, including controversy over organizers getting access to Randwick Race course.

10. Announcement of findings that skin cells can be reprogrammed to act as embryonic stem cells, a technique which will reshape the debate about theraputic cloning

Perhaps the resolution of the case between the Islamic Council of Victoria and Catch the Fire Ministries, Pastor Daniel Scot and Pastor Daniel Nalliah could sneak in – since the main judgement came in Dec ’06 but it was finally resolved in June

I’d also note the death of T.F.Torrance one of the most influential British theologians of the late twentieth century on December 2nd.

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