Religion

Camp vicars and smug gossips: is this really the Church of England’s best look?

14 February 2017 13:13

I have mixed feelings about ‘the Reverend Richard Coles’, whose new
memoir I have just read. It’s great that a vicar…

Saint Joan is the perfect religious play for our ignorant era

7 February 2017 11:48

The chief appeal of Saint Joan, which I saw last night at the Donmar, is that it is a brilliant…

Is Trump turning Islam into America’s ‘Great Satan’?

3 February 2017 13:24

President Trump has a ‘dark vision’ of America under siege from radical Islam, says the New York Times – and…

In our post-religious society, we now find faith in Hollywood

28 January 2017 10:00

What do we believe in, in our largely post-religious culture? The pursuit of individual happiness, obviously. A vague humanism, thankfully.…

Pope seizes power from the Knights of Malta, brutally ending 900 years of their sovereignty

25 January 2017 15:50

The Knights of Malta – an ancient Catholic order that dates back to the crusades – have enjoyed the privileges of…

Holy Smoke podcast: Are evangelical Christians being sucked into the cult of Trump?

20 January 2017 12:42

Some Christians on the fundamentalist fringe think President Trump is ‘the new David’ who will turn the United States into a godly kingdom.…

America won’t forget Obama’s message of hope

12 January 2017 16:16

Those who sneer at Obama for promising more than he could deliver have little understanding of the nature of moral…

François Fillon could become the face of France’s Catholic revival

12 January 2017 13:09

It strikes me that it’s not much fun being a Catholic in France these days. Strolling back to my apartment in…

How mass immigration is turning London back into a religious city

6 January 2017 13:36

The bewildering influx of immigrants into London has had one effect that no one could have predicted 20 years ago:…

Is an oath to ‘British values’ really such a bad idea?

23 December 2016 14:00

Most commentators have been over-hasty in ridiculing Sajid Javid’s proposal of an oath of allegiance to British values, to be…

Murdered Christians are 2016’s least fashionable minority

16 December 2016 13:15

The murderers and persecutors of Christians have had a good year. With one exception – the killing of Fr Jacques Hamel…

In defence of Britain’s humanist values

9 December 2016 14:34

In yesterday’s Guardian Giles Fraser dismisses Louise Casey’s report on social division. Its desire to ‘integrate’ communities is serving liberal capitalist…

Theresa May’s religious faith should bring her more joy

29 November 2016 10:24

I like the fact that Theresa May is an Anglican, a good, solid, unashamed, unflashy Anglican, whose allegiance has not…

Why is this church offering diva pics and videos?

19 November 2016 8:30

In Northern Ireland recently, I sought out the Mass times of the local Church of the Immaculate Conception. Its website…

Nietzsche was right – liberal democracy is flawed

13 November 2016 11:00

It’s time to consider Nietzsche’s view of liberal democracy. It couldn’t work, it couldn’t bind a nation together, he said.…

Je suis Louis Smith: why we must be free to mock Islam

1 November 2016 16:41

If you thought the public shaming and punishment of people for ridiculing religion was a thing of the past —…

Christianity is at the heart of the secular left’s response to refugees

30 October 2016 10:06

Say what you want about Owen Jones – and I might well agree with you – but he is admirably…

It’s not Alan Turing who needs an apology

27 October 2016 15:00

My invitation to the Pink News dinner (where David Cameron won an award) on Wednesday night promised ‘an inspirational evening’…

Islam’s savage war against atheists: listen to Holy Smoke, the Spectator’s new religion podcast

14 October 2016 12:14

Are former Muslims who ‘come out’ as atheists in Islamic countries becoming the most persecuted minority in the world? And are Western social…

We must have the freedom to mock Islam

11 October 2016 14:25

How did mocking Islam become the great speechcrime of our times? Louis Smith, the gymnast, is the latest to fall…

It’s time the Government ended its silence on Sikh hate crime victims

11 October 2016 12:34

On 15 September 2001, Balbir Singh Sodhi, a gas station owner, was arranging flowers outside his family business in Arizona.…

Why does Justin Welby want us to understand jihadis?

3 October 2016 11:36

Hallelujah, everybody. The Archbishop of Canterbury has been pontificating again. Justin Welby says we must try to understand radical Islam…

Christian criticism of Israel is myopic

24 September 2016 9:00

A Methodist church in Hinde Street, London, is exhibiting ‘You cannot pass today: Life through a dividing wall’, a reconstruction…

Western values are more Christian than classical

20 September 2016 10:54

There is an important article in this week’s New Statesman. It addresses the big (embarrassingly big) issue of what our…

Why CofE schools must resist becoming more religious

12 September 2016 8:00

The Church of England’s relationship with state education seems simple enough. Its schools have been a major source of strength,…