Secular humanism is recovering from its Dawkinsite phase – and beginning a more interesting conversation
Francis is giving new voice to an unfashionable perception
My friend and colleague Roy Brown has just sent me the draft of a statement he will submit to the…
The Catholic tradition of priestly celibacy (Latin caelebs, ‘unmarried’), by which Cardinal O’Brien was bound, is not a dogma, but a…
On the BBC television news on Monday night, the first three items concerned alleged misbehaviour by the famous — Cardinal…
The present crop of rumours at the Vatican could furnish a dozen Dan Brown novels
‘Atheism is to theism,’ Anthony Grayling declares, ‘as not collecting stamps is to stamp-collecting’. At this point, we are supposed…
Eight years ago I was in Rome for The Spectator to write a piece about the election of a new…
The problem with Nick Cohen’s very readable You Can’t Read This Book is the way that you can, glaringly, read…
Over 125 of the 320 pages in this book are either blank, or taken up with black-and-white illustrations, of subjects…
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.
Archbishop Edward Benson was the ideal of a Victorian churchman.
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.
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
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
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.
Where was God in the Holocaust? This question confounds even learned rabbis, so let’s not linger there.
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.
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.
The most striking thing about Piers Paul Read’s early novels was their characters’ susceptibility to physical decay.
John Henry Newman was an electrifying personality who has attracted numerous biographers and commentators.
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.
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.
For 30 years Alastair Crooke was ostensibly a British diplomat working in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Columbia and Pakistan.