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Sundays should be about more than just economics

19 March 2012 18:00

The Chancellor didn’t even bother to hide the thick end of the wedge as he inserted the thin end into the Sunday trading laws. He declared yesterday that restrictions on… Continue reading

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From the archives: Rowan Williams on capitalism and idolatry

16 March 2012 17:29

To mark today’s news that Rowan Williams will be stepping down as Archbishop of Canterbury, here’s a piece he wrote for The Spectator during the financial crash of 2008: Rowan… Continue reading

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Where Rowan went wrong

16 March 2012 15:06

Rowan Williams will step down at the end of 2012, having been Primate of All England for a decade. It is already clear that his term of office has been… Continue reading

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Sentamu’s the right man for the job

16 March 2012 13:26

A few weeks ago, in a cover piece for the magazine, Rod Liddle backed John Sentamu as the next Archbishop of Canterbury. Given that Rowan Williams announced his resignation today,… Continue reading

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A kind man stands down

16 March 2012 11:34

So goodbye, Rowan. The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced that he will stand down at the end of the year (leaving Britain bereft of bearded authority figures). Inevitably, people will say… Continue reading

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The case against gay marriage

6 March 2012 12:39

Last night, we posted Douglas Murray’s conservative argument in favour of same-sex marriage. Here’s the opposite view: Consultations are, for the prudent, an exercise you only engage in when you’re… Continue reading

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The conservative case for equal marriage

5 March 2012 19:44

With some right-wing voices — including Catholic Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Tory MP Peter Bone and the Daily Telegraph — speaking out against same-sex marriage, here’s a piece Douglas Murray wrote… Continue reading

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Why Baroness Warsi has it wrong

14 February 2012 17:56

For someone who has profited so well from her religion, it is particularly striking that Baroness Warsi should claim today that our societies are suffering because of ‘a militant secularisation’… Continue reading

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Why Prof Dawkins has it wrong

14 February 2012 16:45

No sooner does Baroness Warsi denounce militant secularists who try to marginalise Christianity than, bang on cue, up surfaces Richard Dawkins with a survey commissioned by his Foundation for Reason… Continue reading

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Romney’s continuing religious troubles

6 February 2012 22:50

Some well-informed people — Rupert Murdoch among them — have suggested that Mitt Romney could exploit Obama’s increasingly fractious relationship with America’s Catholics to win the presidential elections in November.… Continue reading

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Sentamu for Canterbury!

2 February 2012 14:59

John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, is our cover boy this week. It’s the Church of England Synod next week, word is that Rowan Williams will be standing down soon,… Continue reading

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The benefits of religion flow from belief

30 January 2012 18:28

Most Spectator readers have probably heard by now of Alain de Botton’s latest, Religion for Atheists, in which he argues that the benefits of religion are too great to be… Continue reading

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The evil being perpetrated against Christians in Nigeria

4 January 2012 17:25

The religious cleansing against Christians is intensifying in Nigeria, where Christians have been told they have until Friday to leave the country or face attacks by Islamic extremists. As I… Continue reading

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The FCO must do more to stem the bloodshed

28 December 2011 10:54

The Foreign Office has kindly responded to my Telegraph piece from last week, which suggested that they could do more to confront the religious cleansing sweeping the Middle East. In… Continue reading

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We can’t ignore the persecution of Christians in the Middle East

23 December 2011 11:14

William Hague has transformed the Foreign Office in his 18 months in charge. He inherited a system hardwired with the dynsfunctionality of the Labour years, and it’s almost fixed. But… Continue reading

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Cameron’s missing the point: Christian values require Christianity

17 December 2011 13:16

The Prime Minister does God. At least, that’s the gist of his first major speech on religion. Actually, the interesting thing is that a Tory Prime Minister feels that he… Continue reading

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We cannot forget the riots, nor ignore their causes

25 November 2011 9:14

If I’d said that an MP had accused the Church of England of being too obsessed with gay marriage and women priests — and not worried enough about how God… Continue reading

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The Cult of Jobs

6 October 2011 11:33

The immediate beatification of Steve Jobs, the visionary Apple chief who has been killed by pancreatic cancer aged 56, fulfills all the criteria for mass delusion and is evidence of… Continue reading

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Gripped by ‘Dominion’

2 September 2011 11:27

What on earth is ‘Dominionism’? Lots of Americans who first heard the word just a few weeks ago are suddenly feeling very angry about it. Liberals say that the US… Continue reading

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Mitchell rejects allegation that UK aid is going to Islamists

17 July 2011 10:27

Yesterday, Andrew Mitchell was the toast of the broadcasters. They have turned on him to an extent today. The news that portions of the £52.25 million given in emergency aid… Continue reading

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A fierce debate on a religious matter

30 June 2011 14:27

The Spectator hosted a debate at the Royal Geographic Society yesterday evening with a rather meaty motion: “Secularism is a greater threat to Christianity than Islam”. We have two reviews… Continue reading

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Could Warsi’s next job be High Commissioner to Pakistan?

24 June 2011 16:06

Sayeeda Warsi’s upbraiding of Pakistan for not living up to Jinnah’s ideals is another sign of how the government believes Baroness Warsi to be uniquely able to speak to Britain’s… Continue reading

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Ancient hatreds mask Stormont’s current challenge

24 June 2011 11:11

Ignore the antediluvian hatreds for a moment. As Anne Dawson says, the recent violence in East Belfast was largely inspired by current economic distress. Northern Ireland’s economy is a serious… Continue reading

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Why Belfast is ablaze

23 June 2011 10:59

I live three miles away from where the rioting was happening in East Belfast last night, and heard the helicopters whirring overhead. It was the kind of sound that anyone… Continue reading

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The turbulent priest

9 June 2011 9:14

“Nowadays politicians want to talk about moral issues, and bishops want to talk politics,” said Sir Humphrey. This week’s New Statesman has been guest edited by the Archbishop of Canterbury.… Continue reading

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