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We should promote 'Cultural Anglicanism' in schools. Photo: Getty Images.

We should encourage and promote ‘Cultural Anglicanism’ in schools

13 September 2013 11:51

In this week’s magazine Douglas Murray has struck up a friendship with Professor Richard Dawkins, despite things having started rather badly when Douglas previously suggested that the professor’s failure to… Continue reading

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Seamus Heaney, Recipient of 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature, In Bologna

Must read: Jenny McCartney on Seamus Heaney and Ulster’s divide

6 September 2013 9:00

If you haven’t already done so, I urge you to read Jenny McCartney’s piece in this week’s issue of the magazine. Together with Christopher Fletcher’s personal appreciation of Seamus Heaney… Continue reading

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Tashlich Ceremony Observed By Jews During Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah reading list

5 September 2013 9:57

Happy New Year! No, it isn’t three months’ early if you’re Jewish, and those of you who aren’t might like to cash in on the celebration. So, in honour of… Continue reading

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Stephen Fry has used Nick Cohen's column as an excuse for an argument on religion. Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Stephen Fry: the high-priest of juvenile atheism

22 August 2013 20:32

Well, well, well. Nick Cohen’s excellent column in this week’s mag  has caused a stir today. Sadly, though, Nick’s astute argument became another excuse for a boring slanging match between… Continue reading

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What might link Cleopatra, Augustus, Constantine, Barbarossa, Tamerlane and the Farnese?

22 August 2013 10:30

The stone called sardonyx looks a lot more fragile than it actually is. It’s luminous like glass, but hard like steel, which explains why so much of it has survived… Continue reading

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What did Thomas Traherne mean when he wrote: 'The stars did entertain my sense'?  (Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

Discovering Poetry: Thomas Traherne’s life lessons

19 August 2013 10:40

From ‘Wonder’, by Thomas Traherne How like an angel came I down! How bright are all things here! When first among his works I did appear O how their glory… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond's nationalists are afraid of people who think for themselves.

Independence would not change single ideology Scotland

12 August 2013 16:12

There is probably no other country in the democratic West where the state oversees economic activity and regulates private life as thoroughly as in Scotland. So it has come as… Continue reading

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Ennahda supporters chant slogans during another night of protest in Tunisia. (FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

Tunisia is not following Egypt’s path

1 August 2013 16:01

In recent days Tunisia has seen major unrest after the assassination of opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi. Faced with growing unrest over a faltering economy and rising violence by extremists, Tunisia’s… Continue reading

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Pope Francis speaking during a press conference in which he asked rhetorically: 'Who am I to judge?' (LUCA ZENNARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis: who am I to judge?

29 July 2013 18:19

Pope Francis I’s statement about homosexual clergymen remains extraordinary; no matter how often one reads it. ‘If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to… Continue reading

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Pope Francis gets evangelical on World Youth Day

28 July 2013 10:59

Copacabana Beach dazzled last night as many, many thousands of worshippers (perhaps as many as 3 million according) celebrated mass and a vigil with Pope Francis on World Youth Day,… Continue reading

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It’s fine to be a ‘new’ atheist, so long as you don’t object to Islam

22 July 2013 17:21

Rationality can be an overrated quality in politics. Communism was, after all, so rational that it imagined humans as lumps of clay to be moulded at will – with unsuitable… Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice Ball To Celebrate The 200th Anniversary Of The Book

Alexander Pope, mock-epic, modernity and misogyny

16 July 2013 12:01

from The Rape of the Lock And now, unveiled, the toilet stands displayed, Each silver vase in mystic order laid. First, robed in white, the nymph intent adores With head… Continue reading

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A boy climbs on a bonfire made from pallets and old tyres on the Loyalist Ballycraigy estate in Antrim, near Belfast. (Image: Getty)

Ulster’s Orangemen show that Britain can do internecine vindictiveness too

11 July 2013 10:23

This all looks terribly good fun, don’t you think? Spectacular towers which will make wonderful bonfires: it must have taken them ages. My only caveat is that they are all… Continue reading

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Lord Tebbit on top form earlier in the year. (David Parker/AFP/Getty Images)

The great Lord Tebbit

4 July 2013 10:48

Lovely to see Lord Tebbit at The Spectator summer party. I reminded him that he had once written a short letter to me, which I still cherish. Back when I… Continue reading

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Way Of The Cross Led By Pope Benedict XVI

Laughing at sin

1 July 2013 11:27

Francis Quarles, An emblem on books ‘The world’s a book, writ by the eternal art Of the great Maker, printed in man’s heart; ‘Tis falsely printed, though divinely penned, And… Continue reading

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The Pope, Welby, and the new evangelical swagger

14 June 2013 13:27

There’s excitement in Christian circles today about the first meeting of Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby. The two men have important things in common. Both reached their positions of power… Continue reading

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Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI, pictured in 2010.

Jonathan Sacks is right: the new atheists have only opened a discussion

13 June 2013 16:33

There is a superb piece in the magazine this week by the Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, titled ‘Atheism has failed: only religion can defeat the barbarians.’  Whether you agree with… Continue reading

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Journey Of The Cross And Icon Takes Place In Sydney

The fatuousness of a scientist. Steve Jones edition

10 June 2013 9:00

It’s refreshing to hear an eminent scientist like Professor Steve Jones concede that their discipline has delivered less than it promised, and to hear him voice scepticism about the pace… Continue reading

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he Cleansing of Naaman by Elisha. Woodcut from the Biblia Sacra Germanaica

Professor Steve Jones: Why I think religion is a bad thing

10 June 2013 8:45

Steve Jones is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London. Some of his previous books include: The Language of Genes, Y: The Descent of Men, The Single Helix, and… Continue reading

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Journey Of The Cross And Icon Takes Place In Sydney

Discovering poetry: John Donne, from deviant to Dean of St. Paul’s

3 June 2013 12:43

Holy Sonnet 7, John Donne At the round earth’s imagined corners, blow Your trumpets, angels, and arise, arise From death, you numberless infinities Of souls, and to your scattered bodies… Continue reading

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A makeshift memorial for the victims of the Boston marathon bombing. Picture: Getty

God, guns and America

17 May 2013 15:27

While training as a playwright, I was taught that any gun brought onstage must go off. Anton Chekhov said, ‘One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no… Continue reading

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Cult fiction – Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley

14 May 2013 13:57

There’s an attraction, certainly, in joining a cult. Not a Sheryl Sandberg working women type cult but a good old fashioned we’re all in it together wearing hemp skirts type… Continue reading

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'Some Issues in Human Sexuality' was a compromise: so the church shouldn't go for another such fudge, argues Alan Wilson. Picture: PA

It’s time for the Church of England to drop the culture wars

30 April 2013 15:14

Almost three thousand years ago the Prophet Amos asked ‘can two walk together except they be agreed?’ How can the Church of England, pragmatic and volunteer-led but with complex legal… Continue reading

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Move over, Dawkins. The atheist spring of the last decade is wilting.

19 April 2013 16:09

I couldn’t get Richard Dawkins to reply to Theo Hobson’s excellent article on ‘the new new atheists’. Probably, he didn’t see my message. Or maybe he thought it beneath him. Or maybe like God he… Continue reading

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Ian Bell plays another breathtaking cover drive against New Zealand last month. (Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

Wisden finally merits the epithet ‘Cricket Bible’

17 April 2013 11:11

The man who christened Wisden ‘The Cricket Bible’ had little religion. Wisden is an unprepossessing sight: a 1,500 page tome surrounded by a flame-yellow dust jacket covered in mud brown… Continue reading

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