Well, it's been an interesting 4 years. We've had gentle and not-so-gentle debate on a plethora of subjects ranging from gay marriage to the World Cup. Who could forget the Creationist Museum article that wracked up an impressive 253 comments, or the human rights for apes story that attracted a solitary 1.
But now, dear friends, it's time to say goodbye.
The Interface will remain online as an archive of what riled and excited faith communities from May 2006 to May 2010, but the comments and polls will now be closed for perpetuity.
We aren't leaving you bereft however. Ever at the forefront of technology and consumer demand the Methodist Church has a range of exciting new alternatives for those eager to keep up to date...
For those still eager to join in the odd debate or two, the Methodist bloggers' page is now waiting for your contribution at www.methodist.org.uk/blogs. And, only this week, the Methodist App was launched for the iPhone and iPod touch, featuring daily Bible studies (written and audio), tweets, news, prayer of the day, podcasts and much much more.
So it's goodbye from me and it's goodbye from Dave. And a big thanks to all those who have written articles for us over the years, to those who have voted in the polls, and to those who have kept the debate going.
Your humble editor,
Earlier this month astronomers announced that they are on the verge of discovering Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.
NASA's new Kepler telescope is discovering previously unknown planets on an almost daily basis. A high proportion of the trillions of stars now appear to be orbited by planets which we had been unable to detect previously. They are calling these 'exoplanets', to distinguish them from the planets within our own solar system. The sheer volume of these exoplanets suggests that sooner or later we will discover hundreds of planets that have the kind of surface and atmosphere and the right location in relation to its star to support life.
Some scientists claim that within the next few years they will discover a planet where all the conditions for life are present and where indeed life may already have developed...
This week saw the much talked about first UK airing of "Glee" on E4 (repeated on C4). It focuses on a passionate teacher who is trying to make a success of the high school's glee club. The glee club is seen as the hang out for the losers and the geeks, the real goal for the glee club is to help these teenagers discover their worth and realize their potential, despite what others think.
Rachel says in the first episode that Being part of something special (the glee club) makes you feel special.
What makes you feel special?
Whenever the government or other organisations make definitive statements about issues that affect my life, I always like to check them out don't you?
When I became a Christian at the age of 35 I was immediately hit by a conflict in Genesis, after being brought up that evolution was a fact. After some research I found that the scientific evidence gave Creation much more credibility. Likewise, we have been sold another story about the EU - that we are better off in, than out. Not that we have a choice now. I wonder why we fought so hard in two world wars to keep our freedom justice and liberty, only to give this all away to an unelected body in Brussels!
Almost all of the British papers carried the story about a new film claiming that Jesus visited Glastonbury as a young man. This story has turned up everywhere, from the red tops to the quality papers.
Apart from being an excellent example of how easy it is to win a lot of free publicity with a well-timed press release, the story also shows up two more depressing trends…
Confused.com recently published a list of what Britons believe to be the 50 most confusing things in life. The Britons who took part in the survey, anyway.
Among the top 20 were algebra (2), what women see in Russell Brand (3), why Cheryl Cole was still with Ashley (4), the offside rule (11), men (17) and Kerry Katona (20). And interestingly, religion came in at number 12.
No. Read that again. I didn’t say ‘Hands up if you’ve ever prayed for sex.’
I have to confess that I haven’t prayed before sex – well, not since the first time when it was more of a panicky ‘Oh God-dy God’. But the Catholic Truth Society is encouraging couples (married ones, of course) to pray before getting down to any bed dancing, among other things, in their Prayer Book for Spouses. Click here to find out more
An interesting report from the University of Ulster has found that believing in faith healing could inhibit your recovery from illness.
Dr Tony Cassidy and his research team at the Coleraine campus found that those who put their trust in faith healing might be less likely to stick to the medical advice their GP or consultant has given them. Of the 766 people who took part in the survey those who said they believed strongly in faith healing were also more likely to say they weren’t altogether happy with their GP.
Combine this with the fact, in general, only one-in-three of us properly follows the medical advice we’re given in the doctor’s surgery and about one-in-four ignores the advice altogether, and we’ve got a good number of people who won’t be experiencing the benefits of their prescription any time soon.
Or will they?
My dad is part of a team of people who go out from his church on a Saturday to do ‘Healing on the Streets’. No megaphones or soapboxes, just a small sign saying something like ‘Would you like prayer?’. Men pray for men and women pray for women. And amazing things happen.
Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill is making a statement to the specially recalled Scottish Parliament following his decision to release Abdel Baset al Megrahi. See the BBC News story
The decision has created anger, especially in America, as the Libyan was serving a life sentence after being convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.
So was the decision to release him right?
Did anyone see 'Revelations' on channel 4 last night? The programme – Talking to the Dead – looked at...
Hang on. This sounds familiar. And perhaps I do watch too much TV. But it has been a good series hasn't it? Last night they were looking at spiritualist churches and the people who attend them.
My thoughts about spiritualist churches before watching the program were not positive. A seriously ill and very trusting friend of mine was recently terrified by a spiritualist devotee who told her that she had seen an evil spirit on her, which was causing her disease. This led to weeks of worry by my friend, who was wracking her brain, trying to figure out how she had invited Satan into her life. I was not impressed. Downright furious in fact.