Religion

An intense slab of religiosity: Nick Cave's Seven Psalms reviewed

16 July 2022 9:00 am

 Grade: B There has always been a seriousness and intelligence about Nick Cave quite at odds with that which usually…

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…

How Putin weaponised the Russian Orthodox church

16 April 2022 9:00 am

How Putin weaponised the Russian Orthodox church

Why the destruction of Ukraine’s churches matters

2 April 2022 9:00 am

The destruction of Ukraine’s churches

Is the Virgin Mary being sidelined by Rome?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

The Catholic church has always venerated Mary (‘Mother of God’) above other saints. But in recent years there has been…

Kirill, the Patriarch in league with Putin

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The Patriarch in league with Putin

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…

The churches must stay open

26 December 2021 6:00 pm

Hooray for Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who used the one day of the year when his pronouncements are amplified by the…

Our new era of Jewish-Muslim relations

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Reactions to the recent passing of F.W. de Klerk transported me back to my childhood in South Africa. The horror…

How to cure what ails the NHS

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Wrong cure Sir: In referring to the UK as the highest-spending European nation in healthcare proportionate to GDP (‘Hospital pass’,…

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,…

Eddie Izzard is so bad I'm hoping he gets dismembered: Sky's The Lost Symbol reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

If it weren’t for this job I sometimes wonder whether I’d even bother watching TV at all. This mood strikes…

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…

The enduring power of Japan’s doomsday cults

6 November 2021 9:00 am

The enduring power of Japan’s doomsday groups

God is everywhere, sometimes in strange guises, in Jonathan Franzen’s Crossroads

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Twenty years ago The Corrections alerted a troubled world to the talents of Jonathan Franzen. Though cruel and funny and…

The Church Closers’ Charter must be torn up

25 September 2021 9:00 am

The demise of the Church’s heritage is not inevitable

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

The rise of the secular godparent

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The rise of the secular godparent

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…

A podcast that listens to what anti-vaxxers think rather than lecturing them

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Work is our new religion. There are people whose primary job is writing listicles of celebrity gossip, illustrated with gifs…

Is Boris Johnson allowed to pick the next Archbishop of Canterbury?

24 July 2021 10:48 pm

A few weeks ago, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was shirty with me when I asked him whether he was now…

Pope Francis is losing his culture war

23 July 2021 7:48 am

Since I wroteabout the Pope’s declaration of war on the Old Rite, something unexpected and beautiful has happened. Many bishops…

Leave, convert or perish: The fate of Afghanistan's minorities

10 July 2021 10:11 am

President Biden’s decision to ‘end the war in Afghanistan’ means the complete withdrawal of 3,500 US troops by the 20th…

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