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Speaking for God at the ‘high-temple of scientific naturalism’. February 6, 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 February 4, 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’? January 28, 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. January 23, 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 January 21, 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 January 14, 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

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Sharing the Gospel on Radio Orkney! January 11, 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 January 7, 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 December 31, 2018

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

I Saved Christmas! December 22, 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 December 17, 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 December 13, 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 December 10, 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 December 3, 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! November 26, 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 November 19, 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 November 12, 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 November 6, 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 October 29, 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 October 22, 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 October 15, 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. October 10, 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 October 1, 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? September 24, 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 September 10, 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 June 11, 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 May 21, 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 March 20, 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 February 12, 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 October 5, 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 September 11, 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


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 June 26, 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 June 24, 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 June 21, 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 May 15, 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 February 9, 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 January 12, 2017

Insight for January 2017 is now available. Read it online at (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 November 17, 2016

David Robertson explains why he believes the BBC should resist pressure to increase their coverage of other religions such as Islam 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 October 24, 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: Read more

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

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Insight Sept 2016 September 21, 2016

Insight for Sept 2016 is now available. Read it online at (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 September 19, 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. “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 September 1, 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 August 8, 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 July 31, 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. July 31, 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 July 29, 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

Tim LaHaye and the end times: What should we believe about the end of the world? July 29, 2016

I knocked on the door which was ajar. My friend was not at home and yet a pan was boiling on the hob, the radio was on, and the house gave every appearance of being occupied. The lines from Larry Norman’s I wish we’d all been ready‘the Son has come… Read more

The burning issue: Why the Church has got to start talking about hell July 25, 2016

Published in Christian Today   25th July 2016 ‘Burn In Hell!’ screamed the tabloid headline as it vented the frustration and wrath of ‘the people’ against a particularly evil individual. It’s strange that despite the lack of teaching about hell in the Church, the idea of hell continues in popular culture.… Read more

Pie in the Sky when you Die? How to understand heaven July 7, 2016

Published in Christian Today   7th July 2016 Have you noticed that every time a celebrity dies (which seems to be occurring at an alarming rate this year – or am I just getting old?) that inevitably the remarks follow about them being in heaven, looking down, playing their guitar etc.… Read more

Insight July 2016 June 30, 2016

Insight for July 2016 is now available. Read it online at (embedded below) or download the PDF file. This issue contains updates on upcoming training events, new articles and much more. [ddownload id=”6304″ style=”button” button=”black” text=”Download Insight July 2016 as a PDF file (%filesize%)”] Read more

Does Christianity stifle creativity? June 21, 2016

Published in Christian Today   21st June 2016  Isn’t it great to be free! Especially free to be creative. Doesn’t religion shackle creativity? Isn’t it just better to be ourselves and express ourselves? So runs the somewhat narrow and simplistic narrative of some of our culture. Does Christianity really stifle… Read more

BBC – Kaye Adams Programme – Orlando / Homophobia? June 14, 2016

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Was Hitler really a Christian? June 13, 2016

Published in Christian Today   10 June 2016 The Hitler challenge: Wasn’t he a Christian? Adolf Hitler: Was he really a Christian? I confess. In last week’s column I sinned, at least against the internet gods. I mentioned Adolf Hitler, thus triggering Godwin’s Law, which states that the minute anyone mentions Hitler… Read more

The Scotsman | It’s time for democracy to make itself felt June 9, 2016

  It’s time for democracy to make itself felt   David Robertson     |   Published in The Scotsman  08 June 2016 IT’S time to Establish a challenge to the power and influence of those who hold the reins of power, says David Robertson Last month I had the privilege of… Read more

Does religion restrict freedom? June 1, 2016

Published in Christian Today   01 June 2016 The word ‘freedom’ is one of the great buzzwords of our culture. In the words of the rock band Queen, we all want to “break free”. Whether it’s Mel Gibson shouting “Freedom” as he is hung, drawn and quartered, or Martin Luther King crying “Free… Read more

How to answer people who say Christians are all hypocrites May 20, 2016

Published in Christian Today   20 May 2016 While the Church is one of the greatest ‘apologias’ for the gospel, it is also often the weakest link. How many people say they cannot believe the gospel because they see those who say they believe acting in a way that is contrary to… Read more

Is Christianity homophobic? May 9, 2016

Published in Christian Today   09 May 2016 The bookstore in Glasgow was packed. The talk on science and the Christian faith went well. The time came for questions. The bookstore manager was desperate to be first – “What do you think about homosexuality?”. “Why are you asking me that?” I… Read more

Is Christianity Regressive? April 22, 2016

Published in Christian Today   22 April 2016 So we have been talking about Jesus, the beginnings of the Church and its history, but what about today? Church was fine in the 19th Century and, in a kind of English country village way, in the 20th. But apart from a few redneck areas… Read more

What have Christians ever done for us? April 15, 2016

Published in Christian Today 15 April 2016 If the Church is supposed to be the ultimate apologetic for Christ (“all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”), it seems as though the case for Christ is very weak! The general attitude is… Read more

Scotsman: Comment: LGBTI discussion more like a rally than a debate April 12, 2016

Comment: LGBTI discussion more like a rally than a debate WORRYINGLY major change to take place without talks, writes David Robertson When is a debate not a debate? That question crossed my mind when I watched the recent LGBTI Scottish Parliamentary leaders debate. The trouble was that there was no… Read more

Did Christianity spread by violence? April 8, 2016

Published in Christian Today   08 April 2016   “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also” Acts 17:6 The life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus would have been useless to us unless we heard about it. Jesus ascending to heaven would just mean that he had gone.… Read more

Gender politics and the gospel: A warning from Scotland April 6, 2016

Gender politics and the gospel: A warning from Scotland David Robertson   |  Published in Christian Today  06 April 2016 Question: When is a debate not a debate? Answer: When there is no debate. Last week all the Scottish parliamentary party leaders spoke at such a ‘debate’. It was organised… Read more

Where is Jesus now? And what is he doing? April 2, 2016

Published in Christian Today – 02 April 2016 It’s the week after Easter. We repeat the joyous affirmation of faith. “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.” In St Pete’s as we have some Greeks in our fellowship we always use the Greek version – “Christos Anesti…Alithos Anesti.” But then comes the… Read more

Nicola Sturgeon makes gender recognition pledge April 2, 2016

This issue has received widespread reporting in the media.  Here is a selection. BBC News: Nicola Sturgeon makes gender recognition pledge The Scotsman: Nicola Sturgeon unveils new gay rights package The Herald: Scotland to give legal recognition to people who are neither male nor female Daily Record: Nicola Sturgeon vows to reform law… Read more