justworld Understanding Turkish Coups, Erdoğan vs Gülen

Understanding Turkish Coups, Erdoğan vs Gülen

The big cities in the west of the country (Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir) was historically where the wealth was. Here you would find the liberal intelligentsia, who celebrated Ataturk. They saw themselves as the educated, secular proponents of modern Turkey. They were the politically active and would look down on the köy (village) people in …

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justworld Understanding Turkish coups, Ataturk vs Nursi

Understanding Turkish coups, Ataturk vs Nursi

We’re told that the majority of Turks think Gülen was behind the coup. But then, wouldn’t you, if to say otherwise means you are accused of being a Gülenist and risk losing your job? As an outsider looking in, it can seem very difficult to follow accusation and counter accusation. As a Brit who used …

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justgoodnews When did evangelical become bad news?

When did evangelical become bad news?

A fellow teacher sings in a choir. He loves church music and jovially describes himself as a cultural Christian. To him evangelical is bad news. He described to me how it was an evangelical Christian who came and complained bitterly that most of their music is sung in latin and should not be allowed in …

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justquestions The Anti-blogger, an ordinary UK Christian

The Anti-blogger, an ordinary UK Christian

So why another blog? What do I have to contribute to the blogosphere? That’s a very hard question to answer. Firstly, my day to day job counts against me being interesting. A few years ago my daughter complained how boring my job is compared with the other dads in her class. It was particularly harsh that …

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