We can all remember the nursery rhyme about magpies:  “One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told”.  Seeing a lone magpie brings bad luck, seeing groups predicts the future.  Most of us are superstitious to…

Primary and secondary schools reopened a couple of months ago after the Summer break to begin a new academic year. There is an ongoing debate in educational circles and amongst parents about the value of homework – is homework a good idea overall and does it improve academic achievement? Research in this area gives a…

I believe human life is special and is endowed with the right to life

Spokespersons for conservatism, and for Christianity, find it difficult nowadays to gain traction in the mainstream media. Left-liberal positions are in the ascendancy across a wide range of issues – reproductive rights, euthanasia and assisted suicide, religion in schools, immigration policies and more. Liberalism, as opposed to conservatism, traditionally prided itself on its greater tolerance…

Gravitational waves and creation

The detection of gravitational waves will provide for a better understanding of creation, writes Prof. William Reville Scientists working on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) made the stunning announcement recently that they had detected gravitational waves, confirming Albert Einstein’s prediction that these waves exist. The waves originated 1.3 billion years ago when two black…

How to achieve happiness

Science of life Happiness is that state in which one experiences joy, pleasure and contentment. Considerable research has been carried out on how to achieve happiness and many conclusions have been reached. One important conclusion is that wealth will not, in itself, produce happiness. Other things that do not, in themselves, correlate highly with happiness…

Most people would agree that the family is the most important and fundamental unit in society. The traditional family based on marriage is coming under severe pressure and an increasing number of alternative family models now exist.  There is considerable evidence that the traditional family offers the best environment in which to rear children, despite…