Christianity

How can any intelligent person have faith?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Ten years ago, I had a strange debate about faith with a famous Jesuit and an agnostic psychoanalyst in a…

Mission impossible? The C of E’s attempt to woo new members

16 December 2017 9:00 am

The C of E’s attempt to woo new members

China’s new way to drown out the Christmas message? A sea of tat

16 December 2017 9:00 am

The Communist party tolerates Santa but clamps down on Jesus

Reza Aslan: personable, charismatic and a keen self-publicist. He could be wearing togas and flying around in a private jet in five years’ time

Reza Aslan doesn’t fear God. But should he fear his fellow Muslims?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Do not fear God, Reza Aslan tells us. You are God. But preaching this form of pantheism can be dangerous, warns Alexander Waugh

The persecution of Christians around the world is worse than at any time in history

21 October 2017 9:00 am

‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’ is the name of the latest report by Aid to the Church in Need. Unfortunately, there is…

Blame the teachers, not the students, for the Oxford Christian ban

14 October 2017 9:00 am

A car driver ploughs into a bunch of people outside the Natural History Museum in London and lefties are furious…

The Emperor Constantine renames Byzantium

Islamic State are not the first to attack classical Palmyra: The Darkening Age reviewed

16 September 2017 9:00 am

In the late years of Empire, and early days of Christianity, there were monks who didn’t wash for fear of…

Religion is on the decline – yet our society is underpinned by faith

9 September 2017 9:00 am

For Church of England vicars who worry less about what they will preach on Sunday than whether there will be…

Pray time is just as vital as play time in our schools

9 September 2017 9:00 am

A traditional church service is a vital part of school life. Harry Mount

A woman on a ducking-stool, accused of witchcraft. Drowning would have proved her innocence

Magic mushrooms and the roots of witchcraft

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Until the mid-1960s many historians believed witchcraft was a pre-Christian pagan fertility ritual, witches worshipping the Horned God, whose consort…

The BBC Proms broadcast a piece of gloriously subversive new music – without realising it

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Sir James MacMillan’s European Requiem, performed at the Proms on Sunday, isn’t about Brexit. The composer had to make this…

The problem with the government’s proposed ‘extremism commission’

22 July 2017 9:00 am

The Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi was once invited to speak in this country — and the row which developed…

Mixed blessings: Japan’s eclectic attitude towards faith

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Japan’s eclectic attitude towards faith

The cops should have said: it’s just Stephen Fry, what did you expect?

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Coming to a workplace near you, perhaps — masturbation breaks. The policy was first recommended by a psychologist at Nottingham…

Why it’s obvious that morality precedes religion

13 May 2017 9:00 am

At a beautiful church service recently I encountered again a Gospel parable that left me, again, torn between sympathy and…

China is becoming hooked on the opium of the people

13 May 2017 9:00 am

One afternoon in August 1978, Geoffrey Howe and Leon Brittan were flying from Beijing to Shanghai. They were on the…

Tim Farron is a Christian, so of course he’s not allowed an opinion

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Maybe I’m wrong about this, but I don’t remember the BBC running a documentary 100 days into Barack Obama’s first…

Politicians should follow Tim Farron's example and do God: it's a vote winner

29 April 2017 9:00 am

A little faith goes a long way for leaders

Saint Helena and the Emperor Heraclius restore the Holy Cross to Jerusalem after its recapture from the Persians. Altarpiece by Miguel Jimenez and Martin Bernat, c.1485

From Tree of Death to Tree of Life: the history of the cross

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Among Christians, the cross is seen as an instrument of execution and an emblem of victory. Christopher Howse explores the paradox

Why I admire the Church of England

15 April 2017 9:00 am

The Algerian government’s official tourist guide describes ‘the walled town of Beni Isguen — normally closed to foreigners — where…

The Benedict option

15 April 2017 9:00 am

By embracing their minority status, Christians can revive their faith

Architectural Mecca: Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, by Le Corbusier

Vatican II gave carte blanche to architecture’s wild men, with overwhelming results

15 April 2017 9:00 am

In the 1960s, the Catholic Church gave carte blanche to architecture’s wild men, says Jonathan Meades, with overwhelming results

The making of Bach’s Passion

15 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s the oddest place to find a profound meditation on the death of Christ, but there it is on Radio…

‘Boy falling from a window’, 1592, Italy, Naples (possibly)

The key to the Italian Renaissance lies in the home

11 March 2017 9:00 am

There have been many explanations for what happened in the Italian Renaissance. Some stress the revival of classical antiquity, others…

Britain’s morals are regressing. We need a Social Highway Code

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Why it’s time to establish a Social Highway Code