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Five things we learned this week

Fri 25 Sep 2015
By Sam Hailes

Here's our 5 things we learned from the world of Christian news...

1. Two in five think Jesus is a mythical figure

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A survey of 3,000 people in the UK has found 39% believe Jesus is a mythical figure. Under 35s were especially likely to have this view. In other news, most people in the study knew at least one Christian, and were most likely to describe them as "friendly", "caring", "good-humoured", "generous" or "helpful".

2. Tim Farron is still facing media questions on his Christian faith

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The new leader of the Liberal Democrats dismissed suggestions from 5 News that secular voters could be wary of backing him. Tim Farron stressed that his religion was a "personal matter" but admitted it was "odd" to suggest his politics would not be influenced by God.

3. A dead atheist's letter is worth £125,000

Charles Darwin's 1880 letter of unbelief has just been sold at auction for over double the asking price. Darwin wrote to in response to a frank question on faith, "Dear Sir, I am sorry to have to inform you that I do not believe in the Bible as a divine revelation & therefore not in Jesus Christ as the son of God. Yours faithfully."

4. Cliff Richard expects police to drop case against him

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Sir Cliff's decision to embark on a UK concert tour later this month is a sign the singer believes he will soon be cleared of sex allegations against him, a friend has said. Sir Cliff, a devout Christian, is currently being investigated by South Yorkshire police despite never being charged.

5. Bibles are being distributed in the Calais Jungle

Bible Society

Around 300 Bibles have been handed out so that refugees can read the text in their own language. Rachel Rounds, from the Bible Society told Premier, "It was just utterly amazing to see people's faces just filled with such joy, and just to see them picking up the Bible and reading it in their own heart language was just lovely".

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