Church of England

How the Church of England changed my life

15 January 2017 9:30

It was October 2010 the night the priest came to our door. The knock startled Tim’s dullard beagle into a…


Brexit, Trump and the pious rage of the liberal clergy

18 November 2016 12:27

Here are some statistics you’re unlikely to hear on Thought for the Day. Churchgoers in America backed Trump by 56…

Church attendance isn’t everything. It’s authenticity that counts

30 May 2016 8:43

When there’s a story about Christianity in decline, or in crisis, you always get a few loudmouth lifestyle columnists gloating…

What seeing Thomas a Becket’s elbow taught me about the church

25 May 2016 18:06

It’s not every day, you know, you get to see a bit of the elbow of Thomas a Becket. In…

Archbishop Of Canterbury Delivers His Christmas Sermon

How ‘damning’ is the report into the Church of England’s handling of sex abuse?

17 March 2016 12:36

A ‘damning’ report has been published into the Church of England’s handling of a particular abuse case. Except it’s not…

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If I were Richard Dawkins, I’d count my blessings

16 February 2016 12:52

It reflects rather well on Richard Dawkins that he still hasn’t joined his followers – the religious connotations of the…

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In the case of Bishop Bell, the Church has shown real compassion

8 February 2016 15:25

Christian columnists of left (Giles Fraser) and right (Charles Moore, Peter Hitchens) agree: Bishop Bell has been most sorely wronged.…

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Church attendance drops below a million for the first time – and the real situation could be even worse

12 January 2016 17:25

There is no way that Anglican attendance falling below one million for the first time is good news for the Church…

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Justin Welby on imposter syndrome, American exceptionalism and what makes churches grow

24 December 2015 10:37

In the Spectator’s Christmas treble issue, Michael Gove speaks to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Below are some outtakes from…


The Church of England urgently needs a better PR team

10 December 2015 18:07

The new report by the Woolf Institute on religion in British public life is predictable stuff. It says that some…


Could the Church of England follow a third way on homosexuality?

20 September 2015 9:56

Are you already dreading Christmas, on account of having to host relatives who hardly bother hiding how much they hate…


Podcast: working with al-Qa’eda and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn

16 July 2015 9:06

How has al-Qa’eda become the ‘moderate’ option in the Middle East? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Ahmed Rashid and Douglas Murray discuss…


How can the Church keep earning its right to intervene in politics?

15 January 2015 11:09

Given the political parties are already well underway with their General Election campaigns, the Church of England couldn’t have waited…

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Meet Libby Lane – the first interview with the first woman bishop

17 December 2014 16:54

Why is Libby Lane the first woman bishop appointed by the Church of England? She was one of the first…


Remembrance Sunday is marvellous; for God-free war commemoration, go to France

9 November 2014 18:18

The most remarkable thing about the ceremony at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday is that it just gets more popular.…

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Muddled souls – Britain is a non-religious, Christian-ish country

4 November 2014 16:09

A new survey of British religious attitudes is out. It reveals a surprising degree of hostility to religion, and an…

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Border controls are a basic human right – is it un-Christian to oppose mass immigration?

28 October 2014 10:13

Is it sinful to be not so keen on the whole immigration thing? I suppose Justin Welby thinks so, according…

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Anglicanism keeps muddling on — thank God

24 October 2014 15:20

A new survey of Anglican clergy has been published. Its findings are reassuringly unsurprising. For example, almost one-third of the…

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Podcast: Campaign errors, Scotland turns its back and Anglican wars over women bishops

18 September 2014 8:30

Scotland goes to the polls today, but whichever way the vote goes, it’s clear who lost the campaign: ‘No’ was…

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams visiting an Islamic seminary during a trip to Pakistan in 2005. Image: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic extremism and the hypocrisy of the Church of England

17 August 2014 21:20

The Church of England has written to David Cameron accusing him of lacking ‘a coherent or comprehensive approach to Islamic…

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Never mind women bishops — why is the C of E now pretending the Devil doesn’t exist?

16 July 2014 9:39

Once again, a feeble desire to be democratic and appeal to potential church-goers has led the C of E into…

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Women bishops: the game’s up for Anglo-Catholics

14 July 2014 16:31

From the moment the General Synod voted for women priests in 1992, it was inevitable that it would also vote…

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Cameron will breathe a sigh of relief if the Church of England vote for women bishops

14 July 2014 16:03

Number 10 has a lot on its mind with the looming Cabinet reshuffle, but I suspect that there’ll be a…

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Christianity is not a prop for politics

25 April 2014 16:52

First the godly, then the godless, then the godly again. The public debate about whether Britain is indeed a Christian…

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Doing God works well for Cameron

24 April 2014 18:00

David Cameron’s decision to hug-a-Christian seems to have worked pretty well, judging by the political response he’s provoked. For starters,…