17 May 2006

Christianity meets culture online

Does Christianity clash with culture or complement it? Can faith contribute to politics? Should biblical values influence how we respond to contemporary issues? www.theinterface.org.uk provides a new forum for people to consider how Christian faith affects their understanding of today's issues.

The site is an initiative of the Methodist Interface Group, which explores contemporary issues from a faith-based perspective. It aims to provide a friendly space for people to discuss hot news topics and the implications for Christian faith.

Everyone, whether Methodist or not, is invited to participate in the discussions that will be stimulated by the articles. Users can browse articles on a wide range of topics, commenting on what they have read and seeing what other people have to say. They can suggest topics that they would like to see covered and even submit their own articles to be posted on the site.

There will also be a regular opinion poll on a selected topic; this month's asks 'Should the Church be making more effort to engage with contemporary culture?' Links to websites such as the Human Genetics Commission and the Christian Ecology Link help visitors to explore the issues in greater depth.

Jonathan Kerry, Co-ordinating Secretary for Worship and Learning, says: 'We're hoping the website will provide a forum for lively debate about the issues that matter in an atmosphere of openness and respect. It's a great opportunity for users to hear other people's views and be heard themselves on a wide range of topics. The more we listen to what others have to say and engage with them in conversation, the better able we are to base our own views on a solid foundation of understanding.'

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