Christianity

40 years on, Life of Brian has made the world a darker place

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I went to the Battle of Ideas at the Barbican last weekend, a free speech festival organised by the Brexit…

Patently insincere: Kanye’s Jesus is King reviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Grade: B– Kanye West has found Jesus Christ. Lucky old Christ. If I were Christ I’d have hidden out a…

Why Sodom and south Devon are a million miles apart

28 September 2019 9:00 am

We gathered around in the sunshine and watched the coffin being lowered into the freshly dug trench. Stratifications visible on…

Did Christianity make the western mind — or was it the other way round?

31 August 2019 9:00 am

As Christianity became more organised and hierarchical, it grew increasingly hostile to both mysticism and empirical science, says Jonathan Sumption

The West cannot survive without a re-energised belief in Christianity

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Christian ethics can’t survive without Christian faith

The joy of my grandson’s baptism

8 June 2019 8:00 am

They were putting the finishing touches to the giant tent as I drove up to Schloss Wolfsegg after an hour’s…

Celsus, St Peter and the curiosities of Christianity

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Last week Tom Holland reflected on the ‘utter strangeness’ of Christianity’s claim that Christ’s death on the cross was a…

Our churches aren’t perfect, but if we lose them we will all be worse off

27 April 2019 9:00 am

If we lose our churches, what will be next?

Finding hope in poetry, politics – and white Burgundy

27 April 2019 9:00 am

During the Middle Ages, some of the monastic halls which evolved into Oxbridge colleges allowed their younger inmates to indulge…

Thank God for western values

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Without Christ we would not have western values

Northern soul: Whitby Abbey was built on the site where the date of Easter was decided

Whitby Abbey is at the heart of Britain's spiritual and literary history

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Saints, vampires and home of the first English poet: the town’s abbey is at the heart of Britain’s spiritual and literary history, says the Revd Steve Morris

The daunting, uplifting prose of The Psalms

20 April 2019 9:00 am

As if in defiance of the BBC’s current obsession with programming designed to entice in that elusive young and modish…

What happened when an innocent Christian preacher was accused of Islamophobia?

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Why was a Christian preacher carted off the streets of London in handcuffs?

The many political crises that have interrupted Christmas

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Crisis at Christmas MPs were warned that they might have to give up part of their holidays to deal with…

When will the West take a stand on the persecution of Muslims?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

It’s not only Christians who are suffering from the rise of religious conflict

A short history of French musical decadence

10 March 2018 9:00 am

My two attempts to see Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites at the Guildhall School were frustrated by the weather. Forced back…

The curious star appeal of Jordan Peterson

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Young Brits are flocking to hear a Canadian psychology professor speak about morality. Why?

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…