Religion

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Richard Dawkins has lost: meet the new new atheists

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Secular humanism is recovering from its Dawkinsite phase – and beginning a more interesting conversation

Devil

Satan is back

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Francis is giving new voice to an unfashionable perception

Diary

9 March 2013 9:00 am

My friend and colleague Roy Brown has just sent me the draft of a statement he will submit to the…

Priests and pagans

9 March 2013 9:00 am

The Catholic tradition of priestly celibacy (Latin caelebs, ‘unmarried’), by which Cardinal O’Brien was bound, is not a dogma, but a…

The Spectator’s Notes

2 March 2013 9:00 am

On the BBC television news on Monday night, the first three items concerned alleged misbehaviour by the famous — Cardinal…

Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Tarcisi

Sex, lies and the next Pope

2 March 2013 9:00 am

The present crop of rumours at the Vatican could furnish a dozen Dan Brown novels

AC Grayling vs God

2 March 2013 9:00 am

‘Atheism is to theism,’ Anthony Grayling declares, ‘as not collecting stamps is to stamp-collecting’. At this point, we are supposed…

Long life

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Eight years ago I was in Rome for The Spectator to write a piece about the election of a new…

The frontiers of freedom

28 January 2012 10:00 am

The problem with Nick Cohen’s very readable You Can’t Read This Book is the way that you can, glaringly, read…

Helping our unbelief

21 January 2012 11:00 am

Over 125 of the 320 pages in this book are either blank, or taken up with black-and-white illustrations, of subjects…

Friendships resurrected

3 September 2011 12:00 am

A fact which often surprises those who pick up the Bible in adulthood, having not looked at it for years, is how very short the stories are.

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The gay Lambeth way

9 July 2011 12:00 am

Archbishop Edward Benson was the ideal of a Victorian churchman.

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When wailing is appropriate

7 May 2011 12:00 am

This is a strange exercise. It is a commonplace book of quotations from great authors, assembled by the philosopher A. C. Grayling. The extracts from the great books, how- ever, are provided without attribution.

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Great among the nations

9 April 2011 12:00 am

The King James Bible, while uniting the English-speaking world, gave birth to centuries of radicalism and Dissent. On its 400th anniversary, Philip Hensher examines the translation’s legacy

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Sins of the fathers

26 March 2011 12:00 am

The papacy is in good shape and looks set to last another 2,000 years, says Paul Johnson; but too few popes in the past have been pious or clement or innocent

So farewell, John Bull

26 February 2011 12:00 am

His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Fisher, keen to counter the dreadful spectre of the atomic bomb in the 1950s, observed that the very worst it could do would be to sweep a vast number of people at one moment from this world into the other, more vital world, into which anyhow they must all pass at one time.

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The battle for the holy city

19 February 2011 12:00 am

In a tour de force of 500 pages of text Simon Sebag Montefiore, historian of Stalin and Potemkin, turns to a totally different subject: the city of Jerusalem.

Can it be described?

12 February 2011 12:00 am

Where was God in the Holocaust? This question confounds even learned rabbis, so let’s not linger there.

Sweeter than honey

25 September 2010 12:00 am

The only thing I can remember about a Tesco advertisement on the television the other night is the line: ‘No rest for the wicked.’ It was meant ironically, of course.

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Amid the encircling gloom

4 September 2010 12:00 am

Africa is the setting for several of V. S. Naipaul’s finest fictional stories — In a Free State, A Bend in the River, Half a Life.

Physical and spiritual decay

7 July 2010 12:00 am

The most striking thing about Piers Paul Read’s early novels was their characters’ susceptibility to physical decay.

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Mystery of the empty tomb

2 June 2010 12:00 am

John Henry Newman was an electrifying personality who has attracted numerous biographers and commentators.

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

2 June 2010 12:00 am

Two hundred years ago Jeremy Bentham wrote a tract which purported to demonstrate that the Christian religion was in effect manufactured by St Paul and not by Jesus.

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Not every aspect pleases

2 June 2010 12:00 am

Half a century ago I read W. G. Hoskins’s book, The Making of the English Landscape, when it first came out. It was for me an eye-opener, as it was for many people.

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Crying in the wilderness

12 May 2010 12:00 am

For 30 years Alastair Crooke was ostensibly a British diplomat working in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Columbia and Pakistan.