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Is moral change speeding up?

17 April 2014 14:41

After David Cameron’s whole God thing last week, there was a discussion on the radio this morning about whether religion is necessary for morality. Clearly there’s nothing to stop atheists… Continue reading

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David Cameron tells Britain to be ‘more confident about our status as a Christian country’

16 April 2014 17:26

David Cameron is doing God. He has followed up his comments about his faith at last week’s Downing Street reception with an article for The Church Times in which he… Continue reading

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Is atheism in trouble? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: Atheism’s crisis of faith, whether Cameron ‘ does’ God and holidaying in Athens

16 April 2014 8:58

Is atheism in trouble? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Spectator’s Douglas Murray and Freddy Gray discuss our Easter cover feature on the return of God. Why has… Continue reading

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Game of Thrones: lucky we just get to watch this programme – the North Koreans are living it

15 April 2014 10:43

Spoiler alert: this is a review of last night’s episode Anyone watching Game of Thrones for the first time last night would not have been dissuaded of Peter Hitchens’ argument that the… Continue reading

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First State Visit Of An Irish President

An extraordinary event in the history of Anglo-Irish relations

9 April 2014 14:11

If there’s one thing a poet is good for, it’s memorable circumlocution, which is why Michael D Higgins (the D is crucial; people wouldn’t know who you were talking about… Continue reading

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'Noah' is a thoroughly weird take on the Old Testament. [Image: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / THE KOBAL COLLECTION ]

Russell Crowe and Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ is thoroughly weird

2 April 2014 14:30

The Archbishop of Canterbury has had himself photographed with Russell Crowe, after attending the screening of Noah in which Russell C has the title role. ‘A great visit…impressive,’ he tweeted… Continue reading

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White smoke in Rome: Cardinals have picked the new Pope. Picture: Getty

The Spectator: on popes and poverty since 1828

13 March 2014 18:28

A year ago, a relatively unknown Argentine cardinal, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope. A few days later he announced he would take the name Francis, after Saint Francis of… Continue reading

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A prenup undermines a marriage before it has even begun

25 February 2014 13:00

A friend of mine, quite a distinguished lawyer, takes the view that marriage ceased to make sense after no-fault divorces came in. What, he says sternly, is the point of… Continue reading

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Where were the bishops when Labour was spending money we didn't have? (CHRIS ISON/AFP/Getty Images)

The church is better at the welfare business than the state

21 February 2014 14:56

Today I have a piece in the Times (£ obviously, you know that) about the power of the Christian Left, following the Anglican bishops’ letter in the Daily Mirror; the… Continue reading

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Religion may be inherently strong, but without belief it is weak. (TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The inherent strength of religion cannot mask the fragility of Christian belief in Britain

10 February 2014 10:04

Terry Eagleton, the Marxist literary critic, has been something of a hero of mine since the publication of his Reason, Faith and Revolution, a thoroughgoing demolition of the Richard Dawkins… Continue reading

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Maajid Nawaz on Youth Radicalization Redefined At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Liberals must rally round Maajid Nawaz

22 January 2014 9:34

Interesting, isn’t it, this rather worrying statement from the Muslim body, MQI UK on the Mohammed cartoon affair. That, you recall, began when a member of a BBC TV audience showed … Continue reading

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Recommended listening with Joan Bakewell, Ian McEwan and Diarmaid MacCulloch

7 January 2014 14:28

There is a new series of BBC Radio 3′s discussion programme ‘Belief’. Some readers may be interested in this episode in which I am interviewed by Joan Bakewell. It was… Continue reading

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Auberon Waugh’s Christmas Sermon

25 December 2013 11:00

Writing in the 23 December 1966 edition of The Spectator, Auberon Waugh considers the role of Christianity, in all its forms, in an English Christmas. It’s not hard to see… Continue reading

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Prince Charles pictured with leaders of the persecuted Syriac Orthodox Church. (Photo: Getty)

Thanks for trying, Charlie Boy

19 December 2013 13:06

I’d just like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our heir to the throne, Prince Charles, for, as he put it, spending ‘twenty years’ trying… Continue reading

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A Syrian woman mourns the death of three of Syrians who were killed by jihadists in the ancient town of Maalula, north of Damascus, earlier this year. (ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images)

‘If they kill us all, what would be the reaction of Christians in the West?’

18 December 2013 17:27

The Silence of Our Friends, my Amazon Singles ebook about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, is published today. I know I’ve written several posts on this subject… Continue reading

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Saudi activist Manal Al Sharif, who now lives in Dubai, flashes the sign for victory as she drives her car in the Gulf Emirate city on October 22, 2013, in solidarity with Saudi women preparing to take to the wheel on October 26, defying the Saudi authorities, to campaign women's right to drive in Saudi Arabia. (MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

You have to admire the chutzpah of the Saudis in protesting religious intolerance

12 December 2013 17:12

Further to yesterday’s post on Britain’s apathy about Christian persecution, the main question people asked in response was: what can Britain do, without military means? Taking aside that our military… Continue reading

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Injured Iraqi Christians wait outside a hospital after treatment following explosions near two Baghdad churches on 1 August 2004. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s refusal to defend Christians in the Middle East is shameful

11 December 2013 16:15

I have an ebook published next Thursday, called The Silence of Our Friends, on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and the apathy of the West about this… Continue reading

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What would Rosa Parks have made of this shameful hypocrisy over segregation?

The segregation of women and the appeasement of bigotry at Britain’s universities (part two)

11 December 2013 13:04

On the Today programme this morning Justin Webb covered the decision by Universities UK to allow fundamentalist speakers to segregate women from men at public meetings. With a characteristic disdain… Continue reading

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Bob Dylan has defiled the sacred identity of Croats, apparently. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/GettyImages)

Bob Dylan falls foul of Europe’s neo-blasphemy laws

4 December 2013 14:25

The French authorities are investigating Bob Dylan after some Croats were offended by something he said in an interview with Rolling Stone last year. The singer had said: ‘If you… Continue reading

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Britain ought to give more support to those who leave minority faiths.

Ex-Muslims are living the British dream – Britain should support them

28 November 2013 11:07

There was an excellent Radio 4 documentary on yesterday in which Sarfraz Manzoor interviewed a group of people you don’t hear much about – ex-Muslims. Like all good radio documentaries,… Continue reading

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Research suggests that liberals and conservatives like to live around people like them.

When it comes to diversity, most of us vote with our feet

26 November 2013 14:37

Liberals are almost as likely to flee diversity as conservatives, according to new research by Prof Eric Kaufmann for Demos. Some 61 per cent of white people who were ‘very… Continue reading

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Dr George Carey reckons that the Anglican Church is doomed, and he should know.

The CofE doomed? Only because it’s surrendered to phony soullessness

19 November 2013 18:10

The Church of England is doomed, Lord Carey has said, warning that Anglicanism is just ‘one generation away from extinction’. To be fair people have been saying this for a… Continue reading

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What will history make of Britain’s treatment of Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin?

8 November 2013 17:49

‘A historic catastrophe’ is how Martin Bright describes it. He is referring to the policy by which successive governments in the UK, Conservative, Labour and coalition, are accused of having… Continue reading

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The Catholic bishops of England could do with enlisting Damian McBride and making use of his masterly communication skills.

The Catholic bishops of England need Damian McBride’s help

6 November 2013 13:00

Most Coffeehousers are probably profoundly and justifiably cynical about anything masquerading as a consultation exercise in politics, so it might spread a little cheer to see how the Catholic Church… Continue reading

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Image: BBC, 'When Tommy met Mo'.

‘When Tommy met Mo’ revealed how far we have to travel before Islamism is uprooted

29 October 2013 18:40

Last night the BBC screened a documentary called ‘When Tommy met Mo’. It was good television, challenging and thought-provoking in a way that public broadcasting ought to be, is often… Continue reading

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