Theo Hobson

Cynicism is the West’s great weakness

24 March 2017 14:09

Pankaj Mishra’s book Age of Anger is good in parts, but also shows the weakness of leftist thought. It is…

Is ‘post-theocratic Islam’ a contradiction in terms?

14 March 2017 16:20

Omar Saif Ghobash, who is the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Russia, has written a good Muslim-reformist tract called Letters…

Islam – unlike Christianity – refuses to see virtue in secularism

6 March 2017 16:01

There was a good programme last week on Channel 4 about Muslims looking for love, or at least marriage. It…

The Church of England should be agnostic towards homosexuality

21 February 2017 11:23

Let me state the obvious for a moment: the Church of England does not know what line to take on…

Camp vicars and smug gossips: is this really the Church of England’s best look?

14 February 2017 13:13

I have mixed feelings about ‘the Reverend Richard Coles’, whose new
memoir I have just read. It’s great that a vicar…

Saint Joan is the perfect religious play for our ignorant era

7 February 2017 11:48

The chief appeal of Saint Joan, which I saw last night at the Donmar, is that it is a brilliant…

In our post-religious society, we now find faith in Hollywood

28 January 2017 10:00

What do we believe in, in our largely post-religious culture? The pursuit of individual happiness, obviously. A vague humanism, thankfully.…

America won’t forget Obama’s message of hope

12 January 2017 16:16

Those who sneer at Obama for promising more than he could deliver have little understanding of the nature of moral…

Want to make a subject more appealing to students? Add a ‘trigger warning’

8 January 2017 9:05

Before you read any further, be warned that this post contains some shockingly racy material. Well, not really – I…

George Michael’s death shouldn’t mean that we gloss over his flaws

5 January 2017 15:31

One should not speak ill of the dead, but if their flaws or vices are glossed over that is also…

Is an oath to ‘British values’ really such a bad idea?

23 December 2016 14:00

Most commentators have been over-hasty in ridiculing Sajid Javid’s proposal of an oath of allegiance to British values, to be…

In defence of Britain’s humanist values

9 December 2016 14:34

In yesterday’s Guardian Giles Fraser dismisses Louise Casey’s report on social division. Its desire to ‘integrate’ communities is serving liberal capitalist…

Theresa May’s religious faith should bring her more joy

29 November 2016 10:24

I like the fact that Theresa May is an Anglican, a good, solid, unashamed, unflashy Anglican, whose allegiance has not…

Is patriotism a virtue?

19 November 2016 11:14

Michael Gove makes a semi-persuasive case for patriotism in The Times this week. Brexit and Trumpism are largely just assertions of…

Donald Trump’s victory shows why liberals must go back to basics

16 November 2016 10:08

It is time to bother thinking about the tricky terms ‘liberal values’ and ‘liberalism’. ‘Liberal values’ is what unites us…

Nietzsche was right – liberal democracy is flawed

13 November 2016 11:00

It’s time to consider Nietzsche’s view of liberal democracy. It couldn’t work, it couldn’t bind a nation together, he said.…

Is Donald Trump a fascist?

7 November 2016 8:39

The essence of Trumpism is vitalism, the belief that energy is the key political virtue. Don’t worry about my specific…

Christianity is at the heart of the secular left’s response to refugees

30 October 2016 10:06

Say what you want about Owen Jones – and I might well agree with you – but he is admirably…

Western values are more Christian than classical

20 September 2016 10:54

There is an important article in this week’s New Statesman. It addresses the big (embarrassingly big) issue of what our…

The revolt against ‘liberalism’ is shortsighted

17 September 2016 10:28

There are two articles in yesterday’s Guardian that are critical of something called ‘liberalism’. Giles Fraser vents his irritation at an…

Why CofE schools must resist becoming more religious

12 September 2016 8:00

The Church of England’s relationship with state education seems simple enough. Its schools have been a major source of strength,…

Our leading writers are inhumanly cool

6 September 2016 9:17

I see that Geoff Dyer has a new book out. I’m sure it’s brilliantly written, devilishly witty, and as shallow…

The dull piety of the new Tate Modern

18 August 2016 10:00

I happen to like the new Tate Modern building. The content’s the problem. The art currently on show there sums…

Secularism’s view on violence is less humane than Christianity’s

4 August 2016 15:08

Let’s say that a man kills a few people at random in your neighbourhood – on the street in broad…

Labour needs to rediscover its religious vision

14 July 2016 16:51

One of our main political parties is at an immense disadvantage. Labour is tied to a form of idealism. Socialism is…