Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas: Whose Birthday?

Some stats published by Christian Today:
  • 12% of adults know the nativity story
  • 36% of children do not know whose birthday is being celebrated
  • 51% of people now say the birth of Jesus is irrelevant to their Christmas
As a result The Bishop of Manchester has launched a campaign with these posters:

At the launch of the campaign, with various Christian groups and churches in Manchester, Bishop David Walker reminded people of the importance of remembering the true reason we celebrate Christmas in an increasingly secular society. The posters will be distributed to hundreds of other sites around the country. The hope is that they will inspire people to check out their local church and find out more about the Christian faith.

Are you surprised at the statistics? Do you think the posters will work? Are people interested or just concerned with themselves? Is Christmas just an excuse to over indulge? Does this campaign touch upon another serious issues of debt?

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Stabbing Baby Hitler

Renowned journalist and documentary maker Louis Theroux caused a bit of controversy on Twitter by asking whether, "Give the chance, should you stab baby Hitler?" with the hashtag: philosophicaldilemma.
This raises some interesting questions about nature over nurture - could we not just raise Hitler differently if we had the chance again? But also about the means of killing... some suggested it would be in some way easier to smother rather than stab!
If you can dig out the tweets from <here>, you can see some peoples' responses. The initial tweet is found <here>.
They included a full range from: "Not even a dilemma, I wouldn't stab an adult Hitler." or "Too easy... make him suffer!" while many said they would give him, "lots of cuddles, read him lots of inspiring books and encourage him to turn the other cheek."
Our Y12 students have been studying utilitarianism recently and some have blogged about it:

What do you think? For the 'greater good' what would you do with baby Hitler? What ethical theories could you apply to this? What do you think is more important nature or nurture? Why do you think Louis Theroux raised this?

Friday, 6 December 2013

Nelson Mandela - 1918 - 2013

Free after 27 years in prison

Nelson Mandela, one of the few true greats leaders, passed away on the 5th December 2013. Many words will be written about him but this collects a few resources to help understand something of the tributes being made.
CAFOD often use his speech to remind us to the 'Great Generation'... there is more information on his Make Poverty History speech here:
There is a further tribute from CAFOD here:

Mary & Joe: 2013's Nativity Videos

Social Media provides a perfect platform for evangelisation and the retelling of the nativity story in new forms through media.

Last year I blogged about a few videos:
This year we have 'Unto Us' a modern interpretation of the story...

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

What do you think of this 'gritty' retelling of the Nativity? Do you think it helps make the story relevant? Why do you think people put time and money into making films like this? What age range do you think they are geared towards?

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Child Taken From Womb... Literally!

This a quite an unbelievable story... Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section.

The visiting Italian had a mental breakdown while on a business trip, but now 15 months on, the baby is still with social services. The woman claims to be fully recovered and lawyers have said this case is unprecedented, especially due to its international nature.

John Hemming MP said: “I have seen a number of cases of abuses of people’s rights in the family courts, but this has to be one of the more extreme."

Despite her now being of sound mind, Essex County Council want to get the baby adopted in the UK in case she has a relapse.

Do you think it was right to sedate this woman and take the baby by caesarean? Do you think her Italian family should have been contacted? Are the baby's needs and care more important than anything else? What could have been a better solution?

Read more:

UPDATE: A few articles have said the origianl article may be misleading. Read here for more