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The Pope is trying to be the good cop. So who will be the bad cop?

28 September 2015 13:05

The Pope has in effect said this to his Catholic flock: Let our rhetoric be liberal; Let us sound like…

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There was nothing illiberal about Ben Carson’s ‘Muslim president’ comment

22 September 2015 12:42

Republican hopeful Ben Carson was asked on television whether a president’s religious faith matters. He said that a president’s faith…


Could the Church of England follow a third way on homosexuality?

20 September 2015 9:56

Are you already dreading Christmas, on account of having to host relatives who hardly bother hiding how much they hate…

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Will Jeremy Corbyn boost his left-wing idealism with a religious message?

16 September 2015 9:51

One major defect of Jeremy Corbyn has not yet been discussed. He’s not a religious believer. Why is this a…


Here’s what Tim Farron should have said to John Humphrys and Cathy Newman

20 July 2015 16:10

Three interesting bits of theology in the media last week, two of them thanks to Tim Farron. Interviewing Farron, John…

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Keep the cops away from the radical clerics, be they Christian or Muslim

15 July 2015 13:40

If you want to see our grievance-ridden, huckster-driven future, looks to Northern Ireland, which has always been a world leader…


Western idealism is making the jihad problem much worse

24 June 2015 12:57

I’ve just been reading Jonathan Sacks’ excellent new book, Not in God’s Name, which sets out to explain why people…

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The Christian communities helping to heal Iraq’s wounds

2 June 2015 17:22

Iraq remains a dangerous and difficult place for everyone there but especially for its religious and ethnic minorities.  Assassinations, kidnappings…

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Nicky Morgan has no right to tell Orthodox Jews how to behave

1 June 2015 17:14

Imagine if Education Secretary Nicky Morgan went into a mosque and told the praying blokes to put their shoes back…

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Hampstead liberals can use their vote to fight radical Islam (and silence right-wing bores)

21 April 2015 12:43

A few months ago I was in a pub on a quiet night and overheard a young couple having an…

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Did Mrs Thatcher ‘do’ God? Denis thought so, and he should know, says Charles Moore

11 April 2015 10:00

As I swink in the field of Thatcher studies, this book brings refreshment. It is a welcome and rare. Far…

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Podcast: In defence of Christianity, and the Conservatives’ lack of passion

2 April 2015 13:33

Being a Christian in Britain today is to invite pity or condescension, writes Michael Gove in this week’s cover piece.…

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Meet Saudi Arabia’s top cleric. Like Isis, he also thinks churches should be destroyed

18 March 2015 16:39

Today a quick game of ‘spot the difference.’ First, here are some photos, released yesterday, of Isis pulling down the crosses…

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Is a married clergy on Pope Francis’ agenda? I hope not

1 March 2015 16:30

Pope Francis, is, according to Cardinal Walter Kasper – a Swabian formerly responsible for ecumenism – neither a traditionalist nor…

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Like Isis, Thomas More believed passionately in burning people alive

19 February 2015 12:11

Next week, in the final episode of the BBC’s Wolf Hall, we’ll see Anne Boleyn face death by beheading. But if…

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The Archbishop shows politicians a more honest way to answer the question

24 January 2015 11:46

After Islamist terrorist atrocities, political leaders often rush to say that the attacks had nothing to do with Islam. One…

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Down with la laïcité — to beat Islamism, we need a secularism that encourages religion

16 January 2015 12:33

‘We are avenging the Prophet Muhammad’ shouts the jihadi murderer as he escapes, having killed 12 at Charlie Hebdo. In…

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Objecting to Charlie Hebdo cartoons doesn’t make you a terrorist

8 January 2015 17:04

The French liberal-left and George W Bush are not natural bedfellows, but today the former are sounding just a little…

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Should the next coronation service in Westminster Abbey include readings from the Quran?

28 November 2014 13:17

Earlier this week the former Bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries, suggested in the House of Lords that the next coronation…

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Another American citizen has been murdered — and it’s nothing to do with Islam

17 November 2014 12:37

I suppose this is the inevitable end-point of the ‘nothing to do with Islam’ meme. Another American citizen has had…


Remembrance Sunday is marvellous; for God-free war commemoration, go to France

9 November 2014 18:18

The most remarkable thing about the ceremony at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday is that it just gets more popular.…

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Muddled souls – Britain is a non-religious, Christian-ish country

4 November 2014 16:09

A new survey of British religious attitudes is out. It reveals a surprising degree of hostility to religion, and an…

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Pop stars at prayer – from Madonna to the Beatles, and jihadist Cat Stevens

3 November 2014 15:12

A spoof in the Israeli Daily recently had Eminem planning to convert to Judaism and move to Tel Aviv. But…

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Isis are dogs; pet the dogs, kill the terrorists and defend moderate Islam

31 October 2014 12:38

Malaysian pharmacist Syed Azmi has emerged from hiding to apologise for organising ‘I Want to Touch a Dog’ earlier in…

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Anglicanism keeps muddling on — thank God

24 October 2014 15:20

A new survey of Anglican clergy has been published. Its findings are reassuringly unsurprising. For example, almost one-third of the…