Religion

François Fillon is the anti-Islamist candidate – and an Islamist target

19 April 2017 10:05

The news on Tuesday that French security services have prevented another attack by Islamic extremists should come as no surprise…

Christianity is at the heart of Britain’s shared values

16 April 2017 8:46

Theresa May does a decent job of saying that Christianity is at the heart of our shared values. It’s a…

A Sikh festival with a universal message at its heart

14 April 2017 16:00

In April each year Sikhs around the world celebrate Vaisakhi. While it marks the Indian spring harvest, the festival has a…

Can Iraq’s Christians ever recover from Isis?

14 April 2017 9:00

Since June 2014, when Islamic State attacked northern Iraq, the desks at Mar Ephrem seminary in Hamdaniya, a city 18 miles southeast of…

How I was taken for a terrorist by United Airlines

13 April 2017 11:33

This article originally appeared in the Spectator in 1991 You are a Spectator reader, an honest, law-abiding, professional with moderate…

Secularism is part of God’s cunning plan

12 April 2017 12:49

How should Christians relate to the culture around them? That is the question raised by Rod Dreher’s article in the Spectator…

In defence of Christian doubt

10 April 2017 12:01

A new survey finds that a quarter of British people who describe themselves as Christian say they do not believe in…

Egypt’s Palm Sunday massacre is an attack on Christianity

9 April 2017 16:37

At 9.30 this morning, during Mass at St George’s Church in Tanto, north of Cairo, Coptic Christians were celebrating the joyful…

Today’s attack in Egypt is the latest strike in the war on Christians in the Middle East

9 April 2017 13:52

At least 36 people have died in Egypt after blasts targeted Coptic Christians on Palm Sunday. Today’s attack is just…

Are you scared to talk about your faith at work?

7 April 2017 14:33

Religious believers feel nervous about expressing their faith at work – either by wearing symbols or talking about religion. They’re worried they’ll…

Russia is a new front for radical Islam

4 April 2017 9:10

Moscow Russia’s REN TV, which published the first image of a person who planted a bomb on a train in St…

We should worry more about Putin’s Russia than Muslim fanatics

1 April 2017 12:00

Last week’s events in London raised a recurrent dilemma for journalists, including me. It is a huge story when a…

Theocracy should scare us more than terror

28 March 2017 11:54

In yesterday’s Guardian, David Shariatmadari confronts the claim that Islam is an especially violent religion. The claim, he says, is undermined…

Persecuted Iraqi Christians ‘supported Trump 100 per cent’ because they felt betrayed by Obama

27 March 2017 14:02

There’s an extraordinary moment in this week’s Holy Smoke podcast when the aid official supervising the resettlement of 12,000 Iraqi…

Cynicism is the West’s great weakness

24 March 2017 14:09

Pankaj Mishra’s book Age of Anger is good in parts, but also shows the weakness of leftist thought. It is…

Is ‘post-theocratic Islam’ a contradiction in terms?

14 March 2017 16:20

Omar Saif Ghobash, who is the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Russia, has written a good Muslim-reformist tract called Letters…

Are Christian MPs being silenced by the ‘secular inquisition’?

10 March 2017 15:26

The BBC and the secular establishment don’t make life easy for Christian MPs. When Carol Monaghan, a Catholic Scottish Nationalist…

Islam – unlike Christianity – refuses to see virtue in secularism

6 March 2017 16:01

There was a good programme last week on Channel 4 about Muslims looking for love, or at least marriage. It…

People of faith are being driven from public life

5 March 2017 8:16

‘They will hate you because of who I am,’ Jesus says in the Gospels. He forgot to add: ‘And the…

Gerald Kaufman: Labour hero, Jewish villain

28 February 2017 16:19

Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86, was instrumental in saving the Labour Party, back when the Labour Party was…

The tragedy of Islam’s lost Enlightenment

26 February 2017 9:30

I am quite used to people smirking into their sleeves when they hear that I’ve just written a book called…

Britain’s morals are regressing. We need a Social Highway Code

25 February 2017 12:00

Life in Britain has become much cruder, meaner and more spiteful practically everywhere. It can be seen in people’s behaviour…

The Queen is a true Christian leader. But what about Prince Charles, who seems more interested in worshipping himself?

24 February 2017 12:18

Every time I suggest on social media that the Queen is Britain’s most inspiring Christian leader, there’s a chorus of…

The Church of England should be agnostic towards homosexuality

21 February 2017 11:23

Let me state the obvious for a moment: the Church of England does not know what line to take on…

Is Donald Trump good for the Jews?

15 February 2017 21:42

Yakov Blotnik, world-weary custodian of the synagogue in Philip Roth’s short story ‘The Conversion of the Jews’, has a simple outlook on…