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The Christians, Traverse

Edinburgh Fringe highlights: world-class improv, Bible study and an hour with a gentle genius

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical offers a brand new song-and-dance spectacular at every performance. It opens with a brilliantly chaotic piece…

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God’s management consultants: the Church of England turns to bankers for salvation

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Justin Welby wants the C of E to focus on growth – and he’s enlisting bankers to help

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is greeted by Pope Francis during the Ordinary Public Consistory at St. Peter's Basilica in February (Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty)

Benedict XVI leaves Rome to deliver a coded message to his supporters

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Quietly, discreetly, the Pope Emeritus is offering a different vision to that of Pope Francis

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Sorry, but you can’t take the Islam out of Islamic State

4 July 2015 9:00 am

At last, British politicians have been galvanised into action by the appalling events last weekend in the Tunisian resort of…

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In being suckered into climate alarmism, the Pope risks backing policies that hurt the world's poor

20 June 2015 9:00 am

In his latest encyclical Pope Francis will apparently describe global warming as a ‘major threat to life on the planet’.…

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It’s amazing how many different subjects Sir Thomas Browne’s latest biographer doesn’t care about

20 June 2015 9:00 am

On the evening of 10 March 1804, Samuel Taylor Coleridge settled at a desk in an effort to articulate what…

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2067: the end of British Christianity

13 June 2015 9:00 am

England’s churches are in deep trouble

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Original sin makes us better people. I wish Muslims believed in it

11 April 2015 9:00 am

These days, on the subject of Islam, non-Muslims have mostly divided into two camps — though there’s a little wandering…

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Why Pope Francis could be facing a Catholic schism

11 April 2015 9:00 am

It’s not just Vatican infighting any more. Pope Francis has a potential schism on his hands

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

11 April 2015 9:00 am

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

Quiet Please

What happened to Julie Burchill on silent retreat

4 April 2015 9:00 am

What I discovered on a silent retreat

Allah, Zeus and the Church of England

21 March 2015 9:00 am

A ‘prominent liberal cleric’ in London has held an Islamic prayer service in his church, St John’s Waterloo. ‘We all…

Muslims Celebrate The Festival Of Eid In London

Tell Mama and the battle for the future of British Islam

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Is there a future for a moderate activist group fighting anti-Muslim prejudice?

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Why did the House of Lords ever have a rifle range?

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Gun lords The House of Lords shooting range is to be turned into a cupboard, having previously survived an attempt…

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It takes a village (or six): the battle for rural churches

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Can England’s 10,000 rural churches survive?

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Paganism is alive and well – but you won’t find it at a Goddess Temple

14 February 2015 9:00 am

The rise of modern paganism – and the persistence of the real thing

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Why calling for an ‘Islamic Reformation’ is lazy and historically illiterate

7 February 2015 9:00 am

What’s wrong with calls for an ‘Islamic Reformation’

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How to save Islam from the Islamists

17 January 2015 9:00 am

It’s time to reclaim Islam from the Islamists

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'Religion of peace' is not a harmless platitude

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Despite what our leaders tell us, Islamic extremism is all about Islam

‘The Census at Bethlehem’, 1566, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Climate change, Bruegel-style

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The world depicted by the Flemish master is not so different from our own, says Martin Gayford

Spectator letters: Mindfulness, addiction, and dinner with Richard Nixon

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Mind games Sir: I hope that people are not unduly put off by Melanie McDonagh’s misrepresentation of mindfulness as a…

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Watch out Pope Francis: the Catholic civil war has begun

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Uncertainty over how much reform Pope Francis wants is splitting his church into factions

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The cult of 'mindfulness'

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Separating meditation from faith might not be as harmless as it seems

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Jonathan Sacks on religion, politics and the civil war that Islam needs

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Former chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks on the return of religion to public life and the civil war that Islam needs

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Is London's West End Jewish enough for David Baddiel’s musical The Infidel?

25 October 2014 9:00 am

David Baddiel has turned his movie, The Infidel, into a musical. The set-up is so contrived and clumsy that it…