Religion

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…

Is the Church of England dying in the countryside?

22 August 2017 13:05

English country churches: everyone loves them, no one wants to actually pray in them. ‘People have a massive sentimental attachment to…

The historical backdrop to Spain’s terror troubles

18 August 2017 18:44

Why was Spain targeted by terrorists? asked the Guardian on Friday, a question that is also being posed by other…

How to deal with Pauline Hanson’s political stunts

18 August 2017 16:20

Before Trump or Farage, before Wilders or Marine Le Pen, there was Pauline. Pauline Hanson was the original rabble-rouser who…

Will Ukip survive as an anti-Islam party?

15 August 2017 13:34

The decision to allow Anne Marie Waters – co-founder of anti-Islam group Pegida UK alongside former EDL leader Tommy Robinson – to stand…

70 years on: the traumatic legacy of India’s partition

15 August 2017 8:03

On August 14-15 1947, after a few hundred years in India the British left behind the jewel in the crown…

Last summer, feminists defended the burkini. Will they now defend the bikini?

30 July 2017 9:39

If there was a buzzword from last summer then it was surely ‘burkini’. The media got its swimsuit in a…

The knives are out for Christian faith schools

28 July 2017 15:27

Today’s Holy Smoke podcast responds to rumours that the Government is planning to betray parents who want to send their children to faith…

The victory over Isis has left Mosul at risk of more brutality

25 July 2017 17:40

A grainy video posted to Twitter shows a bearded man, his hands raised, on his knees, pleading for his life.…

How tolerant should liberals be of Islamic theocracy?

22 July 2017 8:45

I quite enjoyed James Fergusson’s exploration of British Islam – Al-Britannia, My Country. If it is done intelligently, I approve…

Pope Francis is behaving like a Latin American dictator – but the liberal media aren’t interested

12 July 2017 16:01

At the end of June, Pope Francis dismissed Cardinal Gerhard Müller from his position as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of…

The devolution settlement has been bypassed once. Will it happen again?

6 July 2017 8:53

The Government’s eleventh-hour political solution to Stella Creasy’s abortion amendment to the Queen’s Speech could create an unhelpful precedent within the delicate…

Qatar can thank Donald Trump for its current woes

4 July 2017 10:53

The deadline imposed on Qatar to agree to the demands made by the Saudi-led Sunni coalition has passed without Doha…

Cardinal Pell returns to Australia ‘to clear his name’. But what are his chances of a fair trial?

29 June 2017 16:36

Cardinal George Pell, the head of the Vatican’s finances, has been charged with historic sex offences in his native Australia. He…

Islamists have failed to divide France. Will they succeed in Britain?

21 June 2017 13:15

Islamic State will be delighted by what happened outside Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of Monday morning. In…

Is the British government about to be held hostage by head-banging biblical fundamentalists?

19 June 2017 13:31

Forgive the inflammatory headline, but that’s the conclusion that millions of Britons have drawn from media descriptions of the DUP.…

Embracing liberal Christianity can lead the Lib Dems out of irrelevance

15 June 2017 11:40

In a sense it was the Liberal Democrats who did worst in this odd election. For the point of this…

When will the Six-Day War finally end?

7 June 2017 14:14

This week, Israel is marking the 50th anniversary of its improbable victory over Arab assassins. Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser saw…

Is Islam really the ‘religion of peace’?

6 June 2017 14:22

On Sunday, in the hours after the London Bridge attack, Christians celebrated Pentecost – recalling when the Holy Spirit inspired the…

It is not enough for Muslims to say ‘we condemn terrorism’

5 June 2017 16:00

It is not enough for Muslims to say ‘We condemn terrorism’. Sure – we believe you. But something more is…

The Christian views of Theresa May and Tim Farron are way below the radar. And that’s how they like it

5 June 2017 14:58

There’s a mischievous, not to say malicious, Twitter photograph of Theresa May circulating this morning. It shows her sporting shoulder…

‘British Values’ won’t help in our fight against terrorism

5 June 2017 12:49

Steve Hilton has called for Theresa May to resign as Prime Minister, blaming her for the security failures that lead…

Labour’s abortion stance is the final straw

1 June 2017 15:14

Well, that didn’t last long: in April, I rejoined the Labour Party. Last Sunday, I cancelled my subscription and cut…

France has woken up to the danger of Islamism. Has Britain?

31 May 2017 11:03

If there’s one country that knows how Britain feels in the wake of last week’s suicide bombing in Manchester, it’s France.…