Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Please Stop

The RSPCA reported this week that some 7,300 pets were abandoned in the UK last year. This made headline news in a number of media outlets.

The Daily Mail, reporting on a recent inquest, rightly expressed horror that a baby girl was mauled to death by two Rottweilers.

Stop!But where are the headlines about the ongoing killing of our nation’s children?

Why isn't there more outrage about the way we treat our unborn? They are dismembered and poisoned, subjected to all kinds of humiliation and torture, before being killed.

Last Sunday, 27th April 2008, saw the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act coming into force in the UK. It serves as a marker of a sad and appalling period in British History.

During that time, some 6,500,000 – six and a half MILLION – babies have been killed. In 2006 alone (2007 figures are not yet available) there were over 200,000 abortions. That's over 500 a day. Day in, day out.

Some 97% of these were because of potential "injury to the physical or mental health" of the mothers. This broad category, widely misused and misapplied, effectively means that abortions are more or less available on demand.

Today we hear the disturbing news that more and more 12 year olds are being given abortions.

And there are renewed calls to allow “abortion on request” by ending the need for doctors to give permission for a termination.

All this in the name of sexual freedom; all this because women (and men) are unwilling to control the way they behave or to face up to the consequences of their own actions.

When will the killing stop?

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Night Crossing - Teaser 7

There are 4 people who need to cross a footbridge at night. The bridge can only bear the weight of 2 of them at once. They only have one torch between them and it is too dark to cross without it. If two of them cross together they have to travel at the rate of the slowest person. One of them takes 1 minute to cross, another of them takes 2 minutes, the third takes 7 minutes and the last 10 minutes.

What's the quickest way for them all to cross?


The easiest way of tackling this is to list out all the possibilities systematically.


Sorry, I'm not going to tell you the asnwer to this one! Suffice it to say that if you've come up with 21 minutes, that's wrong. It's possible for them all to cross in less than 20 minutes.

Friday, 18 April 2008

Flash Explosion

I'm not really sure what this is all about, but I enjoyed it anyway. Go to for the whole story.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

40 Years On - Where Are We Now?

If you are in the vicinity of Childs Hill Baptist Church next Saturday (19th April), do come to what promises to be an informative and challenging talk by John Ling on recent trends in bioethics.

This year sees the 40th anniversary of the Abortion Act coming into force in the UK. Is 200,000 abortions each year in England and Wales too many?John Ling

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (2008) looks set to legalise human-animal hybrids, fatherless children, saviour siblings and “family balancing”. Is this a step too far?

And what about the “old” topics like euthanasia, IVF, cloning and surrogacy?

What should Christians think about these issues? What should we be doing?

Dr John R Ling will tackle these questions. He will construct a robust bioethical framework based on principles derived from the Bible — leading to the proper response: principled compassion.

More details.