Religion

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…

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…