Religion

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…

The Football Lads Alliance is a working-class movement – and the political class wants to ignore it

9 October 2017 17:44

Politicians are always going on about ‘the voiceless’. By which they usually mean poor and working-class people. People who have…

Can we no longer distinguish between an evangelical Christian and a jihadist?

3 October 2017 17:56

Is it possible that London commuters are now unable to tell the difference between the cry of God is Great,…

The West is delusional about de-radicalising jihadists

29 September 2017 10:03

The error of Emma Kelty, the one that cost the British adventurer her brave life on the banks of the…

Why won’t Britain support the Kurdish referendum?

28 September 2017 17:02

Erbil They like the British here in Iraqi Kurdistan. You hear it from people everywhere in Erbil, the region’s capital.…

Kurdistan defies the threats to hold its referendum vote

26 September 2017 7:11

The Machko teahouse in the centre of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, has seen much of the area’s history. Founded…

If Jesus Christ was on Twitter, would he be attacked by malignant trolls?

20 September 2017 16:51

You must listen to the feisty new episode of the Holy Smoke podcast, in which Cristina Odone and I ask…

Britain has an anti-Semitism problem. Here are the numbers that prove it

13 September 2017 16:50

A new report on anti-Semitism in Britain makes uncomfortable reading all round. The study, a joint enterprise by the Community…

Religion is on the decline – yet our society is underpinned by faith

10 September 2017 8:00

For Church of England vicars who worry less about what they will preach on Sunday than whether there will be…

Britain is a nation of quiet Christians

8 September 2017 10:18

The latest survey says that under half of us (42 per cent) identify as Christian, and that just over half…

It’s time Europe got serious about Islamic supremacists

7 September 2017 11:39

In January this year, Germany’s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel gave an uncharacteristically candid interview for a European politician. ‘Salafist mosques must…

Can leading politicians get away with opposing abortion and gay marriage?

6 September 2017 14:53

What can politicians with socially conservative beliefs expect from public life? Is there now a faith glass ceiling under which…

Iran’s growing influence points to a bleak future for the Middle East

2 September 2017 8:30

After six years of fierce fighting and with hundreds of thousands dead, the Syrian civil war finally appears to be settling…

Why western women are now the Islamists’ target of choice

23 August 2017 9:24

There has been an unprecedented development this year in the Islamists’ war on the West. For the first time their…