Religion

The massacre at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi is a reminder of the tragic folly of assuming that Islamism was a spent force. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ignoring Islamic terrorism didn’t make it go away

23 September 2013 17:08

Not so long ago politicians were hailing the end of al-Qaeda and the global jihad movement. By the middle of…

Armed policemen take cover outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, which has been occupied by murderous Islamists. (SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

No, Mr Cameron. The Kenyan massacre is all about Islamism

23 September 2013 15:42

Here we go again. A group of Islamist terrorists armed with guns and grenades head into a shopping mall in…

The remains of the Amir Tadros Coptic Church in Minya, southern Egypt. (VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG/AFP/Getty Images)

The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East

23 September 2013 9:31

The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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:…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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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…