Religion

Billy Graham’s legacy of Christian unity

21 February 2018 15:50

The rapprochement between Catholics and Evangelicals would not have been possible without Billy Graham.

Will Jordan Peterson convert to Catholicism?

16 February 2018 10:39

I have mixed feelings about Jordan Peterson, whose 12 Rules for Life I have just ploughed through. There is much…

My conversion to Catholicism has warmed me to the CofE

11 February 2018 9:00

One of the pleasures of being a Catholic convert from Anglicanism is that I feel much warmer towards the Church…

Justin Welby is in a corner over the case of George Bell

28 January 2018 9:00

It is quite unnecessary and truly sad that the Archbishop of Canterbury has painted himself into a corner over the…

The Church of England’s Bishop Bell battle

23 January 2018 16:03

The Archbishop of Canterbury has once again been dragged into a battle between traditionalists and modernisers. This time though it’s…

Two Muslim cultures are emerging in Britain

22 January 2018 18:00

Suppose you were a white supremacist who wanted to keep Muslim children down. Or suppose you were a Machiavellian middle-class…

Is church the last bastion of boredom?

21 January 2018 9:00

I was listening to Thought for The Day on Radio 4 the other morning. Well, I say listening, as most…

Faith schools are more diverse than their critics make out

19 January 2018 13:48

Ever willing to exploit my children, I asked them yesterday just how many actual English children there were in their…

Is social media doing the Devil’s work?

17 January 2018 10:47

Twitter brings out a mean streak in some people that can take the breath away. And I should know. I…

Tim Farron can’t have it both ways on sin

11 January 2018 8:20

Tim Farron is a conservative evangelical. Such Christians think they are braver than wishy-washy liberals when it comes to sin…

Revealed: NUS omit Judaism from religion survey

4 January 2018 20:50

Oh dear. Over the past few years, the National Union of Students has found itself in the headlines over the…

Are we morally better people than our ancestors?

27 December 2017 11:00

The doctrine of progress implies that things get better. This is clearly true in terms of scientific knowledge, though not…

As a Muslim, I strongly support the right to ban the veil

27 December 2017 10:00

We’re closing 2017 by republishing our twelve most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 5: Qanta Ahmed on the strange, unwitting…

Why more and more priests can’t stand Pope Francis

23 December 2017 10:00

We’re closing 2017 by republishing our twelve most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 9: Damian Thompson on Pope Francis: On…

Christmas in the Holy Land is once again overshadowed by politics

22 December 2017 13:00

Christmas in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth has, once again, been overshadowed by politics. The latest controversy surrounds Donald Trump’s decision…

The BBC’s religious programming shake-up could easily make things worse

21 December 2017 13:49

So the BBC resolves to improve its treatment of religion, to take it more seriously as a major force in…

The new Bishop of London is comically evasive on the issue of gay marriage

19 December 2017 15:44

A bishop of the Church of England cannot really express his or her view on gay marriage. The secular media…

The new Bishop of London is a far cry from her predecessor

18 December 2017 16:24

The Church of England being what it is, it was pretty well inevitable that the new Bishop of London should…

Tim Farron is wrong about liberalism

30 November 2017 11:48

Tim Farron is not the ideal person to explain Christianity’s relationship to liberalism. When he resigned as leader of his…

In praise of Trevor Phillips, the Islamic Human Rights Commission’s latest target

28 November 2017 13:23

One of the nicest things in life is the discovery that one-time enemies are in fact terrific, brave people who…

Is Britain becoming a Christianophobic country?

7 November 2017 11:49

Kicked ‘like a football’ were the words used by a Pakistani Christian to describe a brutal assault that left him…

Martin Luther’s genius was to teach us that feeble faith is enough

3 November 2017 10:40

I sometimes identify with something that Evelyn Waugh once said. A friend asked him how come he claimed to be…

New York now refuses to be terrorised

1 November 2017 15:38

I am marvelling at the resilience of New York City. Yesterday afternoon a real monster visited Lower Manhattan, weaponising a…

Martin Luther is the patron saint of individualism

31 October 2017 13:56

Martin Luther shot to fame five hundred years ago with his protest against indulgences in October 1517. At the core…

From China to Europe, the world is becoming more dangerous for Christians

19 October 2017 12:40

‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’ is the name of the latest report by Aid to the Church in Need. Unfortunately, there is…