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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Christian communities helping to heal Iraq’s wounds

2 June 2015 17:22

Iraq remains a dangerous and difficult place for everyone there but especially for its religious and ethnic minorities.  Assassinations, kidnappings…

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Nicky Morgan has no right to tell Orthodox Jews how to behave

1 June 2015 17:14

Imagine if Education Secretary Nicky Morgan went into a mosque and told the praying blokes to put their shoes back…

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Hampstead liberals can use their vote to fight radical Islam (and silence right-wing bores)

21 April 2015 12:43

A few months ago I was in a pub on a quiet night and overheard a young couple having an…

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Did Mrs Thatcher ‘do’ God? Denis thought so, and he should know, says Charles Moore

11 April 2015 10:00

As I swink in the field of Thatcher studies, this book brings refreshment. It is a welcome and rare. Far…

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Podcast: In defence of Christianity, and the Conservatives’ lack of passion

2 April 2015 13:33

Being a Christian in Britain today is to invite pity or condescension, writes Michael Gove in this week’s cover piece.…

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Meet Saudi Arabia’s top cleric. Like Isis, he also thinks churches should be destroyed

18 March 2015 16:39

Today a quick game of ‘spot the difference.’ First, here are some photos, released yesterday, of Isis pulling down the crosses…

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Is a married clergy on Pope Francis’ agenda? I hope not

1 March 2015 16:30

Pope Francis, is, according to Cardinal Walter Kasper – a Swabian formerly responsible for ecumenism – neither a traditionalist nor…

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Like Isis, Thomas More believed passionately in burning people alive

19 February 2015 12:11

Next week, in the final episode of the BBC’s Wolf Hall, we’ll see Anne Boleyn face death by beheading. But if…

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The Archbishop shows politicians a more honest way to answer the question

24 January 2015 11:46

After Islamist terrorist atrocities, political leaders often rush to say that the attacks had nothing to do with Islam. One…