Church of England

In defence of the Church of England

16 April 2017 10:00

The Algerian government’s official tourist guide describes ‘the walled town of Beni Isguen — normally closed to foreigners — where…

Christians are now a minority – and need to act as one to survive

14 April 2017 9:00

Hannah Roberts, an English Catholic friend, was once telling me about her family’s long history in Yorkshire. She spoke with…

The Spectator Podcast: Keeping the faith

13 April 2017 12:38

On this week’s episode, we discuss the future of Christians as a minority group, consider whether Trump has found an ally…

The Queen is a true Christian leader. But what about Prince Charles, who seems more interested in worshipping himself?

24 February 2017 12:18

Every time I suggest on social media that the Queen is Britain’s most inspiring Christian leader, there’s a chorus of…

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…

How the Church of England changed my life

15 January 2017 9:30

It was October 2010 the night the priest came to our door. The knock startled Tim’s dullard beagle into a…

Brexit, Trump and the pious rage of the liberal clergy

18 November 2016 12:27

Here are some statistics you’re unlikely to hear on Thought for the Day. Churchgoers in America backed Trump by 56…

Church attendance isn’t everything. It’s authenticity that counts

30 May 2016 8:43

When there’s a story about Christianity in decline, or in crisis, you always get a few loudmouth lifestyle columnists gloating…

What seeing Thomas a Becket’s elbow taught me about the church

25 May 2016 18:06

It’s not every day, you know, you get to see a bit of the elbow of Thomas a Becket. In…

How ‘damning’ is the report into the Church of England’s handling of sex abuse?

17 March 2016 12:36

A ‘damning’ report has been published into the Church of England’s handling of a particular abuse case. Except it’s not…

If I were Richard Dawkins, I’d count my blessings

16 February 2016 12:52

It reflects rather well on Richard Dawkins that he still hasn’t joined his followers – the religious connotations of the…

In the case of Bishop Bell, the Church has shown real compassion

8 February 2016 15:25

Christian columnists of left (Giles Fraser) and right (Charles Moore, Peter Hitchens) agree: Bishop Bell has been most sorely wronged.…

Church attendance drops below a million for the first time – and the real situation could be even worse

12 January 2016 17:25

There is no way that Anglican attendance falling below one million for the first time is good news for the Church…

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…

The Church of England urgently needs a better PR team

10 December 2015 18:07

The new report by the Woolf Institute on religion in British public life is predictable stuff. It says that some…

Could the Church of England follow a third way on homosexuality?

20 September 2015 9:56

Are you already dreading Christmas, on account of having to host relatives who hardly bother hiding how much they hate…

Podcast: working with al-Qa’eda and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn

16 July 2015 9:06

How has al-Qa’eda become the ‘moderate’ option in the Middle East? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Ahmed Rashid and Douglas Murray discuss…

How can the Church keep earning its right to intervene in politics?

15 January 2015 11:09

Given the political parties are already well underway with their General Election campaigns, the Church of England couldn’t have waited…

Meet Libby Lane – the first interview with the first woman bishop

17 December 2014 16:54

Why is Libby Lane the first woman bishop appointed by the Church of England? She was one of the first…

Remembrance Sunday is marvellous; for God-free war commemoration, go to France

9 November 2014 18:18

The most remarkable thing about the ceremony at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday is that it just gets more popular.…

Muddled souls – Britain is a non-religious, Christian-ish country

4 November 2014 16:09

A new survey of British religious attitudes is out. It reveals a surprising degree of hostility to religion, and an…

Border controls are a basic human right – is it un-Christian to oppose mass immigration?

28 October 2014 10:13

Is it sinful to be not so keen on the whole immigration thing? I suppose Justin Welby thinks so, according…

Anglicanism keeps muddling on — thank God

24 October 2014 15:20

A new survey of Anglican clergy has been published. Its findings are reassuringly unsurprising. For example, almost one-third of the…

Podcast: Campaign errors, Scotland turns its back and Anglican wars over women bishops

18 September 2014 8:30

Scotland goes to the polls today, but whichever way the vote goes, it’s clear who lost the campaign: ‘No’ was…