British churches to celebrate Magna Carta’s 800th birthday by reasserting its Christian heritage

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The 1297 version of Magna Carta, one of four originals of the document.

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The 1297 version of Magna Carta, one of four originals of the document.

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CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Throughout 2015, churches, schools, colleges, universities and libraries will hold exhibitions, lectures and other events about the Magna Carta, emphasizing the way 13th-century Christians influenced its contents.

  • Larry

    What is ironic is the Magna Carta was one of the first broadsides fired at the power of the church, its methods, its laws, and its hold on the British government.

    It did away with the idea of divine right of kings, created parliamentary government, espoused legal due process.

    The relation of the Magna Carta to Christianity in both concept and dogma is tenuous at best. But I can see celebration of its 800th birthday as a source of national pride and the churches wanting to be part of that.

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  • Atheism Smells Bad

    Once the word “Christian” is brought up, the foaming at the mouth Church-hating “freethinkers” (uh yeah), I’m sorry, “The Brights,” will writhe and twist in opposition like any ancient possessed demoniac. And when teamed up with the Christian slaughtering Muslim populace that are slowing taking over England, this looks to be a very news filling event. CNN’s advertisers gotta love this.