Nick Spencer and Angus Ritchie set out "Why Christians should believe in humanism, and humanists in Christianity"
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Religion in the Media
A daily roundup of media stories about religion.
Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched a Sexy Jesus calendar - Independent
From shepherds and wise men to donkeys and stables: can you separate the Bible story from the school nativity? - Telegraph
Government due to respond to call for non-religious marriages to be enforceable in law, ending need for second, civil ceremony - Guardian
As the incarnation of progressive politics, Christ would be taking a stand against every evil, from the arms trade to Ukip. The Church of England needs to do the same - Guardian
Pretending that Islamist extremism has nothing to do with Islam simply plays into the radicals' hands: it is time to discuss religious reform - Telegraph
After decades of wrangling, the Church of England has finally appointed its first woman bishop. Caroline Crampton talks to the new Bishop of Stockport - New Statesman
He may have been unnerving but few expected the erratic Monis to be involved in anything like a marathon siege with a bloody end - Guardian
Leadership courses for senior clergy are being developed in an attempt to create a Church fit for the 21st century - Christian Today
A study finds four in ten won't watch the Queen's speech and 16 per cent will have a takeaway instead of a traditional Christmas roast - Telegraph
With the Pope bringing religious leaders together to combat worldwide slavery, the role of the Church is taking a greater prominence - BBC News
Footage of hostages in a Sydney siege shows them holding up a black and white flag bearing an Islamic creed
Campaigners urge people to spend time with elderly neighbours and family - Independent
Report claims that priests’ vow of celibacy may be linked to child abuse in what is being seen as the first admission of its kind by Catholic officials - Times
Word has it that the Financial Conduct Authority has finally found the time to grant approval to the Church of England’s big sally into financial services - FT
Baby Jesus giggling to the strains of ‘The Power of Love’ pitched against Monty the Penguin and Sainsbury’s Christmas truce as church attempt to win back Christmas from commerce - Telegraph