Religion

Islamic State’s ‘Jizya tax’ for Christians is pure propaganda

5 September 2016 16:11

Christians continue to be slaughtered in the Middle East. But as reports of genocidal atrocities mount up, our governments have…

The Islamist war against Sikhs is arriving in Europe

2 September 2016 10:00

Terror attacks in Germany are becoming remarkably unremarkable. So when a bomb went off in the German city of Essen,…

France’s burkini ban was an own goal for secularism

26 August 2016 17:00

I’ve always hated the beach. The water? Great. The sunshine? Terrible. It starts with the hot trek across the sands…

France is right to ban the burkini

25 August 2016 17:39

May I interrupt, for a moment, the howls of anguish from those liberals in uproar at the news that authorities…

Freedom is our best weapon against Isis

25 August 2016 14:36

Of all the guff churned out about Isis, the refrain that we are engaged in a ‘clash of civilisations’ and…

What performing stand-up in Ukip country taught me about racism

18 August 2016 15:00

Most people would say UKIP lends itself to comedy better than Denis Healey’s eyebrows lent themselves to tweezers – but…

Is there something that the BBC isn’t telling us about these Norwegians?

14 August 2016 10:31

A man has set fire to a train in Switzerland and stabbed lots of people. On the BBC News last…

Syrian women liberated from Isis are burning their burqas. What does that tell us?

14 August 2016 8:01

I have written before about burqas and how they make me uncomfortable. The burqa tests two liberal values – that you…

Secularism’s view on violence is less humane than Christianity’s

4 August 2016 15:08

Let’s say that a man kills a few people at random in your neighbourhood – on the street in broad…

To beat Islamist terror, France must close the gulf between church and state

28 July 2016 9:40

At the beginning of his war memoirs, Charles de Gaulle famously wrote, ‘All my life I have had a certain…

Terror in France: priest murdered in Normandy church ‘in name of’ Isis

26 July 2016 10:46

Following a hostage situation at a church in northern France, two armed men and one hostage have been killed. The slain…

Labour needs to rediscover its religious vision

14 July 2016 16:51

One of our main political parties is at an immense disadvantage. Labour is tied to a form of idealism. Socialism is…

Pride in procreation is dull, pagan stuff. Christians should steer clear of it

9 July 2016 20:43

Andrea Leadsom presumably considers her aggressive pride in her maternity to be something to do with her Christian faith. To quote…

Brexit was reckless but not immoral

7 July 2016 12:52

I voted Remain. I felt that the arguments for and against Brexit were pretty evenly balanced, except in terms of…

Perhaps, after all, sexual morality does still matter in politics

1 July 2016 12:25

This is not something that we are keen to discuss, for we are pretty sure that we have become far…

No, Brexit wasn’t a defeat for humanist values – or for love

27 June 2016 11:32

Perhaps the most important pundit to have emerged from the earthquake is Giles Fraser. As a left-wing vicar and longstanding…

Today, we grieve for the Orlando victims. Tomorrow, the politics will begin

12 June 2016 20:43

I’m sitting in a gay café in Washington DC. Opposite me, a lesbian couple are hugging and kissing, trying to…

Alain de Botton offers Freudian bleakness to the Facebook generation

11 June 2016 8:30

Alain de Botton, to judge from his new novel The Course of Love, is trying to be the Freud for…

Atheists are embracing Gods and creationism

8 June 2016 10:41

Elon Musk, the billionaire inventor and entrepreneur, the twenty-first century’s answer to Howard Hughes, believes we are living in a…

Church attendance isn’t everything. It’s authenticity that counts

30 May 2016 8:43

When there’s a story about Christianity in decline, or in crisis, you always get a few loudmouth lifestyle columnists gloating…

If atheists do have values, what are they?

25 May 2016 10:58

There’s an interesting article in the Guardian by Julian Baggini. Now that nearly half of Britons say that they have…

Even religious polemics can’t inject any life into the Brexit debate

21 May 2016 9:32

Churches are generally ideal venues for public debates. But there’s a slight chance that a speech about the perils of…

As a midwife, I’m horrified by my union leader’s support for unlimited abortion

17 May 2016 14:44

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the UK’s largest abortion provider, and a group of other organisations recently launched a…

Britain’s Christian culture has risen above the recent religious brawl

3 May 2016 16:05

Our political culture contains some tension between Jews and Muslims. And some secular anti-Semitism, particularly on the left, and some…

The BBC should commission a Christian version of Woman’s Hour

2 May 2016 16:48

In his new book God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity, Rupert Shortt notes that religion is in some ways taken…