François Fillon could become the face of France’s Catholic revival

12 January 2017 13:09

It strikes me that it’s not much fun being a Catholic in France these days. Strolling back to my apartment in…


Islam’s savage war against atheists: listen to Holy Smoke, the Spectator’s new religion podcast

14 October 2016 12:14

Are former Muslims who ‘come out’ as atheists in Islamic countries becoming the most persecuted minority in the world? And are Western social…


Pride in procreation is dull, pagan stuff. Christians should steer clear of it

9 July 2016 20:43

Andrea Leadsom presumably considers her aggressive pride in her maternity to be something to do with her Christian faith. To quote…


Atheists are embracing Gods and creationism

8 June 2016 10:41

Elon Musk, the billionaire inventor and entrepreneur, the twenty-first century’s answer to Howard Hughes, believes we are living in a…


If atheists do have values, what are they?

25 May 2016 10:58

There’s an interesting article in the Guardian by Julian Baggini. Now that nearly half of Britons say that they have…


The BBC should commission a Christian version of Woman’s Hour

2 May 2016 16:48

In his new book God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity, Rupert Shortt notes that religion is in some ways taken…

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Can Islam move away from theocracy?

31 March 2016 11:13

Terrorism is a distraction. It’s a distraction from the big question of our day, about Islam and violence. Only a…

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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The Left are making a pact with God over Sunday trading laws

9 March 2016 17:44

Later today, barring last minute developments, Labour and SNP MPs will temporarily unite with the Conservatives’ religious right to defeat…


Britain is losing its religion, but nobody seems that bothered

19 January 2016 16:46

This evening, if you have time and are around central London, there is an interesting lecture at the British Academy…

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Justin Welby is right to offer only a vague message about refugees

6 January 2016 11:16

We should be more generous to refugees, said Justin Welby in his New Year message. Is he saying that the government…

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Britain needs Christianity – just ask Alan Partridge

24 December 2015 18:26

Are we really, as David Cameron claimed in his Christmas message, a country shaped by ‘Christian values’? Yesterday’s Evening Standard poll…


Biblical art, like Christianity, is always renewing itself

22 December 2015 13:22

This sign adorns a local church in Harlesden. I suppose it could be called a Pop Annunciation. Who says religious…

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Atheism may be fashionable, but most intelligent people believe in God

22 December 2015 10:00

Have we ever needed Christianity more than we do today? It’s a rhetorical question, for sure, because the loss of…

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Twenty years on, I’m homesick for the Christian cult I left

20 December 2015 11:08

When I was 21, I lived with a cult for a year. It was a commune really, a tight-knit group…

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The perfect religion for Guardian readers (plus some other neglected belief systems)

19 December 2015 16:00

Exciting news from the world of philosophy! Next year will see the 20th anniversary of the New Stoa, an online…


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…

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‘Creeping intolerance’ towards religion could push young British Muslims to Islamic State, Cabinet Minister warns

9 December 2015 8:59

What do politicians find it harder to admit to doing in Britain today: smoking weed or praying? Welsh Secretary Stephen…

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The Pope is trying to be the good cop. So who will be the bad cop?

28 September 2015 13:05

The Pope has in effect said this to his Catholic flock: Let our rhetoric be liberal; Let us sound like…

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There was nothing illiberal about Ben Carson’s ‘Muslim president’ comment

22 September 2015 12:42

Republican hopeful Ben Carson was asked on television whether a president’s religious faith matters. He said that a president’s faith…


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…

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Will Jeremy Corbyn boost his left-wing idealism with a religious message?

16 September 2015 9:51

One major defect of Jeremy Corbyn has not yet been discussed. He’s not a religious believer. Why is this a…


Here’s what Tim Farron should have said to John Humphrys and Cathy Newman

20 July 2015 16:10

Three interesting bits of theology in the media last week, two of them thanks to Tim Farron. Interviewing Farron, John…

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Keep the cops away from the radical clerics, be they Christian or Muslim

15 July 2015 13:40

If you want to see our grievance-ridden, huckster-driven future, looks to Northern Ireland, which has always been a world leader…


Western idealism is making the jihad problem much worse

24 June 2015 12:57

I’ve just been reading Jonathan Sacks’ excellent new book, Not in God’s Name, which sets out to explain why people…