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The IHRC gave their international ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ award to the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo (Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty)

A new low: Charlie Hebdo's murdered staff receive an 'Islamophobe of the Year' award

10 March 2015 10:22

I have always treated the ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ event with the scorn it deserves. Not least because each year this…

Rt Rev Justin Welby, the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury (background) looks on as Dr Rowan Williams, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury is given a hug,

Justin Welby defends Rowan Williams against Spectator’s criticism

15 November 2014 16:39

We at 22 Old Queen Street have never been great fans of Rowan Williams. At a time when strong ecclesiastical leadership was…

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At last! An Archbishop of Canterbury recognises that Islamists slaughter Christians

8 August 2014 16:01

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has just issued a statement about the slaughter of Christians in Iraq that is…

Rowan Williams; more of a Game of Thrones fan than a Lord of the Rings one? Image: Getty

The life of a former ABC

21 March 2013 9:43

Steerpike is back in this week’s magazine. As ever, here is your preview: ‘”A Cambridge student reports this snippet from…

Video: Debating Richard Dawkins

4 February 2013 8:41

The video of my debate with Richard Dawkins, Rowan Williams and Tariq Ramadan is now available online. Richard Dawkins speaks…

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Debating Richard Dawkins

2 February 2013 9:59

I spent Thursday evening at the Cambridge Union debating the motion ‘This House believes religion has no place in the…

Coptic Christians demonstrating against the persecution in Cairo. Image: Getty

Christians persecuted this Christmas

2 January 2013 13:44

I hope all readers had a happy and peaceful Christmas. As this is the first day back at the office…


From the archives: Rowan Williams on capitalism and idolatry

16 March 2012 17:29

To mark today’s news that Rowan Williams will be stepping down as Archbishop of Canterbury, here’s a piece he wrote…


Where Rowan went wrong

16 March 2012 15:06

Rowan Williams will step down at the end of 2012, having been Primate of All England for a decade. It…


Sentamu’s the right man for the job

16 March 2012 13:26

A few weeks ago, in a cover piece for the magazine, Rod Liddle backed John Sentamu as the next Archbishop…


A kind man stands down

16 March 2012 11:34

So goodbye, Rowan. The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced that he will stand down at the end of the year (leaving…


Sentamu for Canterbury!

2 February 2012 14:59

John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, is our cover boy this week. It’s the Church of England Synod next week,…

Cameron: a leader in need of ‘a people’

9 June 2011 14:50

One of the odd things about David Cameron is that he wants to be a consensual radical. Unlike Margaret Thatcher…

Softly, softly

9 June 2011 13:16

As I argued this morning, the Rowan Williams furore will be sustained if the government over-reacts. So far, so softly…

The turbulent priest

9 June 2011 9:14

“Nowadays politicians want to talk about moral issues, and bishops want to talk politics,” said Sir Humphrey. This week’s New…

The Archbishop’s attack

7 November 2010 22:37

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s intervention in the welfare debate isn’t going to change anyone views of the politics of the…