Christianity

Gay marriage isn’t splitting the Anglican Communion – it’s holding it together

15 January 2016 10:21

My line on the Anglican crisis is a bit eccentric. I think there are now grounds for hope that the…

Britain needs Christianity – just ask Alan Partridge

24 December 2015 18:26

Are we really, as David Cameron claimed in his Christmas message, a country shaped by ‘Christian values’? Yesterday’s Evening Standard poll…

David Cameron says Christian values make Britain successful. Why?

24 December 2015 15:17

David Cameron’s Christmas message is being reported as one of his most Christian public statements yet, with the Prime Minister…

Justin Welby on imposter syndrome, American exceptionalism and what makes churches grow

24 December 2015 10:37

In the Spectator’s Christmas treble issue, Michael Gove speaks to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Below are some outtakes from…

Biblical art, like Christianity, is always renewing itself

22 December 2015 13:22

This sign adorns a local church in Harlesden. I suppose it could be called a Pop Annunciation. Who says religious…

Atheism may be fashionable, but most intelligent people believe in God

22 December 2015 10:00

Have we ever needed Christianity more than we do today? It’s a rhetorical question, for sure, because the loss of…

Twenty years on, I’m homesick for the Christian cult I left

20 December 2015 11:08

When I was 21, I lived with a cult for a year. It was a commune really, a tight-knit group…

‘Creeping intolerance’ towards religion could push young British Muslims to Islamic State, Cabinet Minister warns

9 December 2015 8:59

What do politicians find it harder to admit to doing in Britain today: smoking weed or praying? Welsh Secretary Stephen…

Why it is wrong for Christians to eat their wives

6 December 2015 9:00

In his column last week, Rod Liddle suggested that an alleged fatwa by a Saudi Arabian cleric had said it…

Can Christianity incorporate Daleks into its iconography?

3 December 2015 15:37

The Times has a story for the first week of Advent, about baby Jesus and golden Daleks.  An artist called…

There’s a good reason why humanism should be taught in schools

1 December 2015 15:08

A confusing story about RS (religious studies in schools) from last week has come to my attention. A group of parents…

Has ‘Islam’s reformation’ really begun?

19 November 2015 16:02

Usama Hasan, an imam attached to the Quilliam Foundation, argues in the Times that Islam is steadily adapting to modernity.…

Will Michael Gove dare to bring Christianity into his prison reform plans?

13 October 2015 15:48

This April, Michael Gove wrote in The Spectator: ‘To call yourself a Christian in contemporary Britain is to invite pity, condescension…

Facebook posts about the migrant crisis should be the least of Angela Merkel’s worries

1 October 2015 13:05

So the German Chancellor has just been caught on microphone talking with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: German Chancellor Angela Merkel…

Charity now begins at your second home

22 September 2015 11:51

Mitres off to the Archbishop of Canterbury for inviting ‘a family or two’ of refugees into his home. Well, not…

Will Jeremy Corbyn boost his left-wing idealism with a religious message?

16 September 2015 9:51

One major defect of Jeremy Corbyn has not yet been discussed. He’s not a religious believer. Why is this a…

Matthew Parris is wrong – the gospels do help us respond to the migrant crisis

11 September 2015 12:54

‘I know our Lord told us to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves,’ muttered a colleague after a…

I’m ready to be more hospitable to refugees (on one condition)

10 September 2015 15:51

I read in the Daily Mail that the hunt is on for an Isis terrorist camped out in Calais who is…

The migrant crisis has presented us with a moral duty that is impossible to fulfil

4 September 2015 17:37

The migrant crisis raises the largest questions about our basic public creed, our ideology, secular humanism. Normally we pay little attention…

Since when did opposing gay marriage make you an extremist?

5 August 2015 13:03

You know, when gay marriage legislation was going through parliament and Christian campaigners were warning about the possibility that those…