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Easter Evidence: Academics who Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus. 15 April 2019

by Vince Vitale If you were to lock a group of atheist philosophers who do not specialize in religion in a room with theist philosophers who do (don’t actually do this, but if you did) and listen to the ensuing debates, you “would have to conclude that the theists definitely… Read more

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Short Answers for Easter 10 April 2019

Two of our most popular ever Short Answers have been about Easter. As we approach the Easter season, enjoy these—but why not share them on social media, or show them to friends, colleagues and family as discussion starters?  Read more

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“My resolute agnosticism crumbled under the weight of the evidence for Jesus” – Derek’s Story 8 April 2019

So I started to look (really look) for this atheistic evidence on Jesus. I trawled bookshops for books on atheism. I scoured atheist websites. I read detailed, hostile reviews of “The Case for Christ”. I listened to and read articles and interviews with well known atheists. I read the New Testament for myself. I read biographies and critiques of Jesus by non-Christians. I did this when I was an agnostic. I still do this today as a follower of Jesus. Read more

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New Speaker Opportunity 4 April 2019

Solas is excited to announce that we are actively searching for a gifted speaker to join our ministry. We need someone to work with the growing Solas team to help fulfill the speaking, writing and teaching obligations of Solas (both in terms of evangelism and evangelism training) throughout the country and, where required, further afield. Read more

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TV: Ricky Gervais’ After Life 1 April 2019

Ricky Gervais’ After Life is brilliantly observed and delivered, but it’s message is desperately naive, and utterly insufficient to face the true realities of living” writes Andrew Roycroft. Read more

An Evening with Edinburgh University Islamic Society 27 March 2019

In the last few weeks I have also had the incredibly exciting opportunity of going and speaking at Edinburgh University. This time though, it was not at any of the campus Christian groups, but at the Edinburgh University Islamic Society. The way that meeting came about is hilarious! Read more

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Totali-shame-ism and the End of Mercy 25 March 2019

And here’s the thing. There’s no forgiveness, no mercy, no forgetting. Just a relentless drive to judge and denounce. Read more

The Commission: Christian Men Together 20 March 2019

I think the same is true of evangelism. Fear doesn’t have to be paralysing Read more

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John Lennox Busts a Myth About Religion, Faith and Science 18 March 2019

Of course, I reject atheism because I believe Christianity to be true. But I also reject it because I am a scientist. How could I be impressed with a worldview that undermines the very rationality we need to do science? Science and God mix very well. It is science and atheism that do not mix. Read more

Aberdeen CU. Launching their mission, dialogue with a sceptic. 13 March 2019

a historian who had seen the damage the church has done when it has tried to manipulate society to enact the vision of some strange kind of theocracy. Understandably he recoiled from it Read more

Book Review: Can we Trust the Gospels?by Peter J. Williams 11 March 2019

In conclusion, then, this is a great little book and should form part of an armoury of resources that will give Christians greater confidence in the reasonableness of their faith. Read more

Calgary University Mission. Andy Bannister reports on a fruitful week 6 March 2019

It was great to see responses during the mission—some people giving their lives to Christ for the first time and about 40 people signed up for the Alpha Course Read more

Living Out: An interview with Ed Shaw 4 March 2019

What I am most encouraged by is that in most big evangelical churches (which we are always told are horrible places for LGBT people to be), there are Christians who are same-sex attracted who are living for Jesus. I’ve been really encouraged to find that to be a reality, in evangelical churches all over the UK. It’s really important to also understand that there are people becoming Christians from the LGBT community, today. Now, some people think that that is an impossibility, but it is happening across the UK, and that is actually what encourages me most Read more

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Students, Humanists and Muslims in Edmonton 27 February 2019

It was great to see the students really engaged, the lunch-bars full; and people coming to Christ – all the things we get really excited about. Read more

David Robertson: from Dundee to Down-Under 25 February 2019

The opportunities for evangelism are  tremendous, and that’s what I want to do. Read more

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The “Understanding and Answering Islam” summit: Andy Bannister reports 20 February 2019

I always get nervous when Christians just react to Islam, saying ‘Islam is to be feared’ or whatever, rather than seeing that Muslims are people who need Christ explained to them in a way that is compelling and compassionate. Read more

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Resolution or Revolution? The Power to Change. 18 February 2019

It is what we worship which really governs the trajectory of our lives, not our well intentioned resolutions.. Mere aspirations prove to be powerless in the face of the power of worship, because finally our behaviour will always default to being an expression of what we value most Read more

The Worst Place in the World to be a Christian… 11 February 2019

The worldwide persecution of Christians escalates again as we enter 2019. New Research from Open Doors. Read more

Speaking for God at the ‘high-temple of scientific naturalism’. 6 February 2019

Lots of people have figured out that atheism doesn’t really work but they are not convinced that religion really works either, and so are very, very open Read more

“Disillusioned with Dawkins: My Journey from Atheism to Christianity”: Peter Byrom 4 February 2019

Atheism was looking intellectually weak; and existentially and from a lifestyle point of view it was unfulfilling, silly, cheap and shallow.  Read more

Why Bother With ‘Apologetics’? 28 January 2019

Why bother with apologetics?…. The Bible commands it, the culture demands it, the Church needs it, and the results confirm it. By TIM BARNETT Read more

Solas on The Road, Andy Bannister’s work in Liverpool. 23 January 2019

The gospel at the golf club, evangelism training, talking to non-Christians about Jesus, preaching, a growing church. Andy Bannister reports on an action-packed weekend in Liverpool. Read more

Book Review: The Overstory by Richard Powers 21 January 2019

  500 pages of unremitting present tense action and powerful description.  I was taken with it and found it hard to put down, but ultimately it is frustrating.  Read more

“For The Love of God: How the Church is Better and Worse Than You Ever Imagined”: Film Review 14 January 2019

CPX are to be congratulated on the way in which they have stepped so nimbly across this historical minefield, and produced such a stimulating, thought-provoking film, which is both visually stunning and academically rigorous. Read more

Sharing the Gospel on Radio Orkney! 11 January 2019

Andy Bannister recently appeared on Cameron Stout’s radio show, to talk about music, life, faith and meaning. Enjoy the show! Read more

Glasgow Cathedral & Christmas Carols with Students 7 January 2019

It was a huge privilege to share the message of the gospel of Jesus with so many students! Read more

“I hated God, but God loved me!” Nathaniel’s Story 31 December 2018

An angry sceptic, discovers God’s love for him, at university. Nathaniel’s story! Read more

I Saved Christmas! 22 December 2018

Jeremy Suisted saved Christmas, Father Christmas to be exact. But why was Santa breaking into a car, and what has that got to do with real life? Read more

Andy Bannister Reports on Recent Work in Canada 17 December 2018

Toronto, Ottawa, University Missions, brand new Christians, nine hundred young Coptic Christians! Read about Andy Bannister’s extraordinary week back in Canada. Read more

“A War of Loves”: In Conversation with David Bennett 13 December 2018

I am addicted to the joy of God. I think Christian joy is ultimately about union with God, knowing this incredible joy that He has. … It’s hard to describe what it looks like; but I would say that it looks like a human being, fully alive, which doesn’t require sex! Read more

Christmas Adverts: Some Gifts Are More Than Just a Gift 10 December 2018

These adverts showcase the aspirations and values of our nation, writes SARAH ALLEN.  They are a picture of the yearnings that we all share. Read more

Debating Atheists at St Andrews University: a fascinating exchange of views 3 December 2018

By DAVID ROBERTSON Last month I had the privilege of speaking at this debate in St Andrews – I believe it was the first of this kind that the CU have organised. I loved it. The place was relatively full, the chairman was excellent and my opponent, Dr Manfredi La Manna, reader of Economics at University of St Andrews, was pleasant, affable and spoke well. However I found his arguments quite astonishing. Read more

Sorry, not sorry! 26 November 2018

By ANDREW ROYCROFT – This is the new way to apologise – be outrageous, speak malignantly and abusively, push the edges of gratuitousness, and then as the verbal bomb detonates deny that you really meant to plant it in the first place. Read more

Exploring The God Question – Review 19 November 2018

This high-quality video series manages to cover a very wide range of topics and perspectives within the broad area of science and religion, and it does so, in the main, very well indeed. Read more

Confident Christianity Conference Report 12 November 2018

Almost three hundred people came to Dundee for the Confident Christianity Conference on Nov 3rd. Read more

“Christians seemed to have better answers than nihilism, scientism or atheism”: Cole’s Story 6 November 2018

I couldn’t explain through science alone where morality came from, or why humans feel such a desperate desire to find meaning and purpose. I held that atheism and therefore nihilism was true, but saw the inconsistency of my own strong conscience and need for meaning. Christians seemed to have better answers as to where to find meaning and purpose than nihilism, scientism or atheism. Read more

“Exhilarating and Exhausting”: Andy Bannister on Six Days of Mission in Plymouth 29 October 2018

I’ve just got back from doing a mission in Plymouth, and it was an amazing week. I spoke 21 times in 6 days and although it was exhausting, it was incredibly exciting! We were mostly involved in outreach and had the privilege of speaking in schools, in universities, and evangelistic… Read more

Yuval Noah Harari’s ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Homo Deus’ – a depressing view of our Humanity 22 October 2018

BY SARAH ALLEN – Harari’s rejection of meaning offers no hope for this chaos, but unintentionally points us in the right direction.   We humans desperately need meaning because we are cooperating and communicating persons made in the image of the personal three-in-one God.   We need to know that our values of love and justice and our feelings of pain and compassion are not part of a lifeless algorithm, or a convenient myth, but have significance beyond our brain chemistry Read more

Believing, belonging, speaking: how true community commends Christianity 15 October 2018

Christians want to share their faith in Jesus with others. ANDREW ROYCROFT explains why a renewed vision of the church as a community is essential for that to happen, and how a depleted vision of church, makes it harder. Read more

God is a ‘Father to the Fatherless’: Phil’s Story. 10 October 2018

Phil’s faith was tried and tested when his Dad died suddenly when he was 21. The result is that today he has an infectious enthusiasm for Jesus. Read his story in his own words. New on the Solas blog. Read more

The Advocate: CSW’s Mervyn Thomas 1 October 2018

Mervyn Thomas has spent almost four decades in the fight for freedom of religion. He spoke to Solas about his work, his faith, and why as a Christian, he is motivated to serve people of all faiths and non Read more

Redeeming an Unmentionable Word? 24 September 2018

By GAVIN MATTHEWS – One of the key words Jesus used is now considered taboo in our culture, and an embarassment in our churches. Can we recover its life-giving meaning? Read more

The Questions of Pluralism 10 September 2018

My truth? Your truth? Our truth? Their Truth? Is there a truth to be found, or are all truth-claims equally valid? What do Christians mean when they claim that Jesus is ‘the truth’? In the incisive feature article, Vince Vitale examines ‘pluralism’. This has been adapted from ‘Jesus Among Secular Gods’ by Vince Vitale & Ravi Zacharias, and is reproduced with the permission of Hachette Media Read more

Joined Up Mission 11 June 2018

Apologetics, evangelism and mission – at their best when entwined GUEST BLOGGER | Krish Kandiah For those who believe in the power of preaching, or who love the life of the mind, it is common to believe that evangelism consists of first and foremost, a clear verbal or written presentation… Read more

Solas Evangelism Network 21 May 2018

Launch Day Here at Solas, we are all about sharing the gospel and empowering you to do the same. To those ends, we recently launched the Solas Evangelism Network with an event in Stirling. We were delighted to hear Steve Clifford, the General Director of Evangelical Alliance UK, speak on… Read more

Destruction of life on an unimaginable scale 20 March 2018

PHILIPPA TAYLOR looks at the staggering numbers behind 50 years of the Abortion Act in the UK The Abortion Act reached its 50th anniversary in late October. In these last 50 years almost nine million unborn babies have been aborted in England, Scotland and Wales. That figure has, of course, also impacted… Read more

Three Universities 12 February 2018

The beginning of the new year has been an exciting time of outreach activities at universities across the country.  It has been particularly joyful for me (David) to get involved with Christian Unions again and engage with questioning students. In the past month I have been to three very different mission… Read more

Our society needs to come to grips with and understand the love of God | The Scotsman 5 October 2017

|  By David Robertson  | The Prime Minister was mocked for saying that ‘Brexit means Brexit’. Such truisms are surely too simplistic for the sophisticated British electorate? The First Minister announced at the Glasgow Pride event at the weekend, “Love is Love” – and was applauded. But what does that… Read more

SPOTLIGHT ON…GERMANY 11 September 2017

Contemporary Germany may be the European leader, but the Berlin Wall still casts a long shadow over the country’s economic, political and spiritual landscape. BY GAVIN MATTHEWS “Germany’s neighbours have nothing to fear from its new-found strength. Berlin does not want to dominate Europe, but to exercise leadership … something… Read more

AN ENDURING TRUTH 25 July 2017

The only way the Reformation could possibly not still matter, says MICHAEL REEVES, would be if beauty, goodness, truth, joy and human flourishing no longer mattered. Some 120 years after the Reformation got going, some 120 scholars assembled in Westminster to write the necessary documents for a reformed church in… Read more

Gordon Wilson 26 June 2017

On behalf of the Board of Trustees: It is with sadness and respect that everyone here at Solas CPC remembers Gordon Wilson, who passed away yesterday in Dundee.  Gordon was the co-founder of Solas and served as the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The organisation owes a great… Read more

Director’s Report – questions of suffering 24 June 2017

As I write these words, the news has been filled with the growing death toll and horrific stories from the Grenfell Tower disaster. Grenfell raises many deeply disturbing questions. How could so many people burn to death right in the heart of one of the most modern cities in the… Read more

Solas Papers | Science and Scientism | Dr Alistair Noble 21 June 2017

Has science education become indoctrination? This is the question posed by Dr Alistair Noble in The Solas Papers #6. Dr Noble is a former HM Inspector of Schools for Scotland and now Director of Centre for Intelligent Design. In this Paper, Dr Noble explores the differences between science (as a… Read more

Four Key Principles for Apologetics 15 May 2017

At its heart, apologetics is beautifully simple and intricately connected to the heart of the gospel. As I’ve wrestled with people’s questions, I’ve learned there are a number of basic principles that apply time and again, no matter who I’m talking with. 1. Know what you believe This is a… Read more

Director’s Report – University Missions 9 February 2017

These last few weeks it’s been exciting to walk onto university campus after university campus and to talk to thousands of students about Jesus and the gospel. We’re in the middle of university mission season and so far this year, David and I have been at Edinburgh University, Aberdeen University,… Read more

Insight January 2017 12 January 2017

Insight for January 2017 is now available. Read it online at ISSUU.com (embedded below) or download the PDF file. This will be the last PDF version of Insight. We will be moving to a bi-weekly email newsletter soon. To continue receiving the newsletter, make sure you are signed up to… Read more

Why the BBC should not broadcast Muslim prayer 17 November 2016

David Robertson explains why he believes the BBC should resist pressure to increase their coverage of other religions such as Islam www.premierchristianity.com The BBC are suggesting that they’re going to increase their coverage of other religions, after complaints that it was too Christian. The aim is to have more coverage… Read more

BBC Radio Scotland – Gordon Brewer interviews Gordon Wilson 24 October 2016

BBC Radio Scotland – Gordon Brewer interviewed Gordon Wilson on yesterday morning’s Good Morning Scotland. This is the short segment at the end of the interview that’s related to SolasCPC.   If you’d like to listen to the full interview, it’s available on the BBC website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07z388r#play Read more

BBC Radio Ulster – Andy Bannister on Islam and Christianity 10 October 2016

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Insight Sept 2016 21 September 2016

Insight for Sept 2016 is now available. Read it online at ISSUU.com (embedded below) or download the PDF file. This issue contains updates on upcoming training events, new articles and much more. [ddownload id=”6711″ style=”button” button=”black” text=”Download Insight Sept 2016 as a PDF file (%filesize%)”] Read more

Speak Up – The Law and Your Gospel Freedoms 19 September 2016

Speak Up is a new resource from the Evangelical Alliance and the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship to equip and inspire Christians with confidence and knowledge of the current legal freedoms we have to share our faith. http://eauk.org/current-affairs/politics/speak-up.cfm “We have needed something like Speak Up for a long time. It is balanced, informative,… Read more

PRESS RELEASE: New Director for the Solas Centre for Public Christianity – Dr. Andy Bannister 1 September 2016

Dr. Andy Bannister, former Canadian Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) , has become the new full-time Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity from 1st September 2016. Building on the work of David Robertson whom he succeeds in this role, Andy will lead the Solas team in… Read more

How to read – and understand – the book of Revelation 8 August 2016

It’s a brilliant, if somewhat mad, Francis Ford Coppola film, with possibly the best credits and soundtrack ever. I am of course talking about the Oscar winning 1979 film Apocalypse Now, which is still one of the most powerful films you will ever see. I remember watching it as a… Read more

Europe’s Identity Crisis 31 July 2016

The Crescent, the Cross and the collapse of a civilisation. By DAVID ROBERTSON     It was a wonderful statement from the former Lutheran pastors daughter. She wanted her country to welcome in the refugees from the conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. Not for her the paltry 20,000 over five years… Read more

The Resistible Rise of the New Eugenics. 31 July 2016

DR CALUM MACKELLAR considers the ethics of the editing of human genes in the creation of embryos.  THE word “eugenics”, which is derived from two Greek roots “eu” (good) and “genesis” (birth), describes selection strategies or decisions aimed at affecting, in ways which are considered to be positive, the genetic heritage… Read more

Naming and Shaming – the Named Person Debacle 29 July 2016

Published in Christian Today   29th July 2016 In an astonishing and unusual decision the UK Supreme Court has struck down a Scottish government law, the Named Person Act, by a majority of five to zero. There are many aspects to this case but because it was brought by, among others,… Read more