Religion

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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…

Pope Francis waves to faithful and pilgrims as he arrives in St. Peter's Square for his weekly audience on February 18, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican.

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…

Anton Lesser plays Thomas More in BBC2's Wolf Hall. Photo: Ed Miller/BBC

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…

The Confirmation Of Justin Welby As The New Archbishop of Canterbury

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…

People hold up placards reading "I am Charlie" during a gathering in Nice on January 7, 2015. Photo: Getty Images.

Down with la laïcité — to beat Islamism, we need a secularism that encourages religion

16 January 2015 12:33

‘We are avenging the Prophet Muhammad’ shouts the jihadi murderer as he escapes, having killed 12 at Charlie Hebdo. In…

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Objecting to Charlie Hebdo cartoons doesn’t make you a terrorist

8 January 2015 17:04

The French liberal-left and George W Bush are not natural bedfellows, but today the former are sounding just a little…

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Should the next coronation service in Westminster Abbey include readings from the Quran?

28 November 2014 13:17

Earlier this week the former Bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries, suggested in the House of Lords that the next coronation…

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Another American citizen has been murdered — and it’s nothing to do with Islam

17 November 2014 12:37

I suppose this is the inevitable end-point of the ‘nothing to do with Islam’ meme. Another American citizen has had…

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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.…

The Wintershall Players perform 'The Passion of Jesus' on Good Friday in Trafalgar Square in April 2014 (Photo: Getty Images)

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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Pop stars at prayer – from Madonna to the Beatles, and jihadist Cat Stevens

3 November 2014 15:12

A spoof in the Israeli Daily recently had Eminem planning to convert to Judaism and move to Tel Aviv. But…

A dog named Moily with US Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province in February 2011 (Photo: Dmitry Kostyukova, AFP/Getty)

Isis are dogs; pet the dogs, kill the terrorists and defend moderate Islam

31 October 2014 12:38

Malaysian pharmacist Syed Azmi has emerged from hiding to apologise for organising ‘I Want to Touch a Dog’ earlier in…

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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…

Members of the Pakistan Christian Democratic alliance march in Lahore in support of Asia Bibi,  December 2010 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

‘Religion of peace’ to execute Christian woman for ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan

20 October 2014 11:43

Not long to go now before a middle-aged Christian woman, Asia Bibi, is hanged in Pakistan for allegedly having said…

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After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

19 October 2014 22:29

The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a…

Eric Pickles. Illustration: Ian Tovey.

The theological illiteracy of Eric Pickles

6 September 2014 18:12

It is worrying that Eric Pickles is in charge of religion for this government. I first came across his footprints…

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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Richard Dawkins and the cost of rationality

16 August 2014 18:35

Rationality doesn’t come cheap — not if you’re buying Richard Dawkins’ brand. In this week’s Spectator, Andrew Brown examines the costly…

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Richard Dawkins doesn’t get it: religion is rational

15 August 2014 15:06

Where to start with Prof Dawkins’ latest observations about religion and fundamentalism? In response to questions from an audience in…

Female members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and an Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter take position on the front line in Makhmur, some 50 km south of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on 9th August 2014. (Image: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

A lesson of Iraq in 2014: the nation-state is the future

12 August 2014 12:45

The collapse of some of the Sykes-Picot states in 2014 will spur people to ask which way the world is…

T.E. Lawrence's vision of Arabia.

What has Hezbollah’s Secretary General been reading this summer?

8 August 2014 18:09

In Britain we seem to be obsessed by what our politicians are reading this summer. It tells us, so we…

Journey Of The Cross And Icon Takes Place In Sydney

Jean-Marie Charles-Roux, a good and holy priest

8 August 2014 8:28

I am so sorry to hear of the death of Fr Jean-Marie Charles-Roux in Rome at the age of 99.…