GK Chesterton wrote that when people stop believing in God,
they don’t believe in nothing – they believe in anything. Just a few
minutes’ surfing the net proves him right; but if you’re interested in
what main-stream Christians actually believe, why not ask some of them.
He also wrote: “It’s not true that for most
people Christianity has been tried and found wanting: it’s not been wanted, and
so has never been tried.”
These are a few Christian sites which I find useful.
They might just help you to avoid some of the dreadful religious junk in cyberspace.
- A good basic starting-place might be rejesus.co.uk,
about “Jesus, his life, spirituality and teaching”.
- You’ve either got to laugh or cry at a lot of what goes on in the churches. I
prefer the former, and find that the Ship of Fools helps
me do so. As, in its better moments, does The
- Keen Christians are in the habit of going off on religious holiday-weekends etc, sorts
of ecclesiastical Butlins like ‘Spring Harvest’ or ‘Soul Survivor’.
My favourite is a the self-styled Christian Arts Festival ‘Greenbelt’. And if you’re into
contemporary Christian music, you might try Cross
- An intelligent, broadly evangelical, magazine is Third
Way (the title pre-dates the Blairite use of the phrase – or did it inspire it?)
Good Christian reading generally can be hard to find, with the religious sections
of mainstream bookshops often stocking some strange stuff, and most specialist Christian
bookshops being run by American Baptists (nothing wrong with that, of course ... except
when they wrinkle their noses at the mention of the book I want). Probably best to buy online (from me, or Amazon, or me on Amazon)
- According to its mission statement, “Sojourners is a Christian ministry founded in 1971 whose
mission is to proclaim and practise the Biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and
social justice”. (Similar Christian, and non-Christian,
organizations can be found on my Justice & Peace page.)
- With so much bad, and badly expressed, religion on the web, it’s a relief to find Nimble Spirit, a site devoted to “Literary
Spirituality”. If (unlike me) you enjoy science-fiction and fantasy, Faith Odyssey gives a Christian slant on that.
- I’ve put a few details about varieties of Christian worship,
especially Anglican, on my Church of England pages.
I’ve never been tempted by exotic varieties of church
– I’m a very ordinary sort of Christian. I belong to the Church of England because that’s where I live.
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