Religion

Why Britain’s Jews look to France with fear

6 September 2018 11:51

The Jewish New Year begins on Sunday and to mark the festival of Rosh Hashanah, Emmanuel Macron visited the Grand…

Jordan Peterson is too negative about Western morality

5 September 2018 12:32

Jonathan Sacks’ radio series Morality in the 21st Century is a useful introduction to the subject, with some good contributions…

Pope Francis has his work cut out to appease the church’s critics

25 August 2018 17:12

No one on earth could fulfil the expectations that have been invested in the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.…

The Spectator Podcast: China’s new diplomacy

2 August 2018 15:34

This week, China agreed to consider a trade deal with Britain post-Brexit, but does a closer relationship with China expose…

Is it wrong to criticise Israel?

27 July 2018 10:54

The Labour Party’s tangles over anti-Semitism and Zionism raise basic questions about Western values that are routinely ignored. But sometimes…

Is losing your religion really good for wealth?

19 July 2018 14:47

According to the Times, a new academic study finds that nations become richer when they become more secular. It contests…

An atheist goes on a Christian pilgrimage. What’s the point?

6 July 2018 17:25

The young writer Guy Stagg threw in his job a few years ago to undertake a pilgrimage to Jerusalem via…

Justin Welby needs to get off the fence

28 June 2018 15:55

My opinion of Justin Welby has been rising over the last few years. At first he seemed a text-book public…

Jacob Rees-Mogg and the liberal inquisition

24 May 2018 10:44

Trying to make Christian politicians squirm is a favourite occasional sport among political broadcasters in Westminster. The former Lib Dem…

Will the Church’s division over women clergy re-ignite?

23 May 2018 12:36

Now that London has a female bishop, you might assume that the whole saga is over: surely the liberals have…

Podcast: Why do we insist on worshipping the NHS?

15 May 2018 10:35

Nigel Lawson once wrote that ‘the National Health Service is the closest thing the English have to a religion’. It’s…

Martin Luther King’s vision is being betrayed by progressives

5 April 2018 11:44

Martin Luther King is easily misrepresented in our era of heightened identity politics, and of scepticism towards grand unifying ideals.…

Books Podcast: Waiting for the Last Bus

29 March 2018 14:16

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m talking to Richard Holloway about his new book Waiting For The Last Bus. Richard is…

Why can’t we speak plainly about migrant crime?

29 March 2018 12:27

On Wednesday, two striking events happened in France. The first was that the President of the Republic led the nation’s…

Britain’s flawed definition of extremism is storing up trouble

21 March 2018 15:15

Is Allah gay? The eventuality – as Jeeves might say – would seem to be a remote one. If such…

What our Christian culture can learn from Stonehenge

10 March 2018 9:30

So Stonehenge was built for the communal fun of it. Maybe. Some archaeologists now wonder whether the main point of…

Justin Welby’s stance on sharia law is a welcome relief

8 March 2018 12:51

Justin Welby is right to take a stand against his predecessor, Rowan Williams’ most controversial announcement: that Britain should introduce…

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…