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Online journal - 'Thinking Faith' - to be launched on Friday

Thinking Faith (from 18 January)

The hopes and challenges of Christian-Muslim dialogue, the debate over the European Treaty, and Christians' reactions to the arguments of Professor Richard Dawkins are among the topics that will be addressed as the British Province launches Thinking Faith this week.

The online journal, which has been developed by Jesuit Media Initiatives in close collaboration with an editorial team of Jesuits and lay co-workers, will be officially launched next Friday, 18 January, at a reception attended by journalists, theologians, writers and others associated with the project. Bishop John Arnold, who has responsibility for communications for the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, will be pressing the button to make the site live on Friday evening.

Edited by Peter Scally SJ, the web site will be open to the widest set of subjects from science to theology, policy studies to poetry and spirituality to culture and development. It will build on the tradition of the former British Jesuit journal, The Month, contributing to debates and issues from a British (and European) perspective. But unlike a printed publication, Thinking Faith will not have a weekly or monthly edition, but a 'rolling' format. Articles may be added at any time, with subscribers informed by email alert, enabling a faster response to news, events and issues of concern.

Among the first contributors to the online journal - the launch of which will coincide with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - will be Michael Hurley SJ of the Irish Province on where our hopes for ecumenism stand now, and broadcaster and Anglican deacon, Cindy Kent, on the situation of the Church of England.

Dan Madigan SJ, of the Woodstock Theological Centre at Georgetown University in Washington DC, will be writing on Muslim-Christian dialogue, in response to the recent letter from 138 Muslim scholars to the Pope and Christian leaders, while Oxford philosopher Gerry J Hughes SJ looks at the reactions of Christians to the writings of his fellow Oxford acamedic, Professor Richard Dawkins.

Next week, parliament will be debating the European Treaty when the European Union (Amendment) Bill gets its Second Reading in the House of Commons. British Jesuit, Frank Turner, who is Director of the Jesuit European Office in Brussels (OCIPE), will be addressing the arguments for and against the Treaty. South America and South Africa also feature, as Raúl Gonzalez SJ of Venezuela writes about the Chávez government, and Anthony Egan SJ of the Jesuit Institute, South Africa, reports on the significance of the ANC's recent election of a new leader.

Jesuit brother, Guy Consolmagno of the Vatican Observatory will be another contributor as the journal goes online, alongside Jim Corkery from Ireland, a noted expert on the writings of Pope Benedict XVI, who will be offering an analysis of the recent encyclical, Spe Salvi.

Thinking Faith will be launched at approximately 7pm on Friday, 18 January 2008 on To be informed whenever new articles are uploaded, please contact:

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