Faith

The crusade against blasphemy laws only goes so far

2 November 2018 13:13

GK Chesterton observed that “Blasphemy depends on belief, and is fading with it. If anyone doubts this, let him sit…

François Fillon could become the face of France’s Catholic revival

12 January 2017 13:09

It strikes me that it’s not much fun being a Catholic in France these days. Strolling back to my apartment in…

Why we should use the language of Christianity in public discourse

25 November 2014 10:01

There was an interesting exchange last night at the annual lecture for Theos, the think tank that does God. After…

Satanists are planning to desecrate the Host at a Black Mass. Let’s stop them

20 August 2014 21:52

Satan-worshippers are planning to hold a Black Mass in Oklahoma next month. My usual reaction to this news would be:…

There ain’t no God — and that’s the glorious truth

28 June 2014 15:00

According to my colleague Melanie McDonagh (Spectator 21st June), religion makes you happy and churchgoing is good for you. Crikey,…

Evangelically wishy-washy

18 April 2014 17:31

David Cameron has said Christians should be more evangelical “about a faith that compels us to get out there and…

David Cameron tells Britain to be ‘more confident about our status as a Christian country’

16 April 2014 17:26

David Cameron is doing God. He has followed up his comments about his faith at last week’s Downing Street reception…

The inherent strength of religion cannot mask the fragility of Christian belief in Britain

10 February 2014 10:04

Terry Eagleton, the Marxist literary critic, has been something of a hero of mine since the publication of his Reason,…

Recommended listening with Joan Bakewell, Ian McEwan and Diarmaid MacCulloch

7 January 2014 14:28

There is a new series of BBC Radio 3’s discussion programme ‘Belief’. Some readers may be interested in this episode…

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…

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…

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,…

John Milton’s ambiguous love for Oliver Cromwell – Discovering poetry

2 April 2013 10:28

‘To Oliver Cromwell’ Cromwell, our chief of men, who through a cloud Not of war only, but detractions rude, Guided…

Discovering poetry: George Herbert’s ‘Prayer’ and the beauty of holiness

7 January 2013 10:00

‘Prayer’ Prayer the Church’s banquet, angels’ age, God’s breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart…

Sharon Olds’ fear and self-loathing

9 November 2012 12:36

Since the publication of her debut collection, Satan Says in 1980, which was awarded the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center…

A bad morning for the government

20 January 2011 13:40

This morning has not been a good one for the government. There’s been an embarrassing admission that 28 days detention…

Where Warsi is right and wrong

20 January 2011 9:05

As ever, the headlines are more sensational than the speech, but marginally so in this case. Baroness Warsi has asserted…

Will faith prove Cruddas’ undoing?

16 January 2010 11:13

What intrigues me most about the Cruddas/Purnell axis is their commitment to faith in public life. Many politicians discuss faith…