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Communicating in a Secular Age

Sometimes it doesn’t seem that way, but Christian voices can find expression in the public square.

“Words matter,” says Dr. Margaret Somerville, and as “word warriors” Christian journalists “can give [others] the words they need to formulate and communicate the ideas and concepts that will protect human dignity and the essence of our humanness, and our physical and metaphysical worlds – all goals that are currently under unprecedented threat.”

The threat is real!  A current “human rights” issue, for instance, is challenging the freedom of Ontario’s doctors to act according to their faith. Doctors, who based on personal belief refuse to perform abortions or to help same-sex couples have children, could soon lose their license to practise medicine. Canadians have a moral sense of what is right and what is wrong, and Christian writers have the responsibility to give them words that can help them articulate their ethical convictions, says Dr. Somerville. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) is attempting to do that. “If a person cannot act according to their volition, they cannot be said to be free,” writes Faye Sonier, the EFC’s associate legal counsel, in a published letter to The National Post (she’s quoting a former Supreme Court judge).

Christians often seek to communicate their faith one-on-one rather than in published words. In Quebec City this summer Evangelicals celebrated the city’s 400th anniversary by distributing more than 400,000 copies of the Gospel of John. There were Evangelicals everywhere, according to a article.

Also during the city’s birthday bash, ChristianWeek reports that a unique historic exhibit delved into the “elusive underground movement in New France – the story of the Huguenots,” a persecuted group in their society.

We invite you to read and be inspired by these articles, and scroll down for additional selections. Also, last week’s Virtual House News was missing a hyperlink, but you can still read Questions of Merit, Dr. Somerville’s commentary on the controversy surrounding the awarding of the Order of Canada to Henry Morgentaler.


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