Christianity

What has become of the 19th-century explosion of religiosity?

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Matthew Arnold cannot have been much fun on holiday. Watching waves crash on the pebbles at Dover Beach, he heard…

Why the Bible still matters

19 June 2022 6:35 pm

If you look to our schools and universities, you will not see a serious engagement with the Bible as part…

Letters: Workshy Whitehall has its benefits

30 April 2022 9:00 am

In check Sir: Jade McGlynn (‘Conflict of opinion’, 23 April) has a point that there are many reasons for popular…

How do we celebrate Easter in the shadow of war?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

This week has been Passiontide, which means lots of wonderful plainsong in the choir of Canterbury Cathedral as my predecessors…

An inspirational teacher: Elizabeth Finch, by Julian Barnes, reviewed

9 April 2022 9:00 am

‘Whenever you see a character in a novel, let alone a biography or history book, reduced and neatened into three…

Kirill, the Patriarch in league with Putin

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The Patriarch in league with Putin

The Greek myths are always with us

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Once upon a time there was a collection of stories that everybody loved. They involved brave heroes such as Perseus…

Dostovesky and Putin’s useful idiots

11 March 2022 2:49 am

When I was 17 I heard the name Dostovesky, and was enthralled. Just the name felt so glamorously intellectual, so…

Playing until her fingers bled: the dedication of the pianist Maria Yudina

19 February 2022 9:00 am

The 20th century was an amazing time for Russian pianists, and the worse things got, politically and militarily, the more…

Bring back communion wine

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Don’t deny me my communion wine

Letters: Our broken civil service

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Beyond the party Sir: Rod Liddle is spot-on in arguing that the attitudes revealed by ‘partygate’ extend to senior civil…

A brief history of the death of God

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A few weeks after Friedrich Nietzsche bragged to an admirer that he had completed a ruthless attack on our Lord,…

Is Christianity about to end in the place it began?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Janine di Giovanni’s book begins in a Paris apartment during the first lockdown. She’s at a friend’s home, which she…

Were the Ottoman Turks as European as they thought themselves?

20 November 2021 9:00 am

This is the best of times to be writing history, since so much of what has been taken for granted,…

Profound and original and unashamedly religious: Midnight Mass reviewed

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I was turned on to Midnight Mass by Ricky Gervais who raved about it in one of his social media…

Why I left the Church of England: an interview with Michael Nazir-Ali

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Michael Nazir-Ali on his decision to join the Catholic church

The magic of manuscripts

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Nothing captures medieval life more vividly than a manuscript that has passed through many hands, says Jonathan Sumption

Paradise and paradox: an inner pilgrimage into John Milton

2 October 2021 9:00 am

When E. Nesbit published Wet Magic in 1913 (a charming novel in which the children encounter a mermaid), she took…

The Church Closers’ Charter must be torn up

25 September 2021 9:00 am

The demise of the Church’s heritage is not inevitable

Can we talk about Emma Raducanu's Christianity?

16 September 2021 4:36 pm

I’ve just been looking at photographs of Emma Raducanu again, this time focusing on her upper chest. She usually wears…

My literary heroes have led me astray

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad   Good manners aside, what I miss nowadays is a new, intelligent, finely acted movie. Never have I seen…

The fight for the future of the Church of England

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The fight for the future of the Church of England

What’s the harm in opening the church doors?

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The end of summer 2021, the end of the great British staycation. I sat on the grass outside the post…

For Afghan Christians, the Taliban takeover is a nightmare

18 August 2021 4:00 pm

Christians in Afghanistan have been paralyzed with fear at the news that the Taliban has taken control of the country.…

Is this the last chance to save the Church of England?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Is this the last chance to save the Church of England