Christianity

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

Fear and loathing in Lahore

28 January 2017 9:00 am

In a Kashmiri apple orchard, a young fugitive from the Indian army’s cruel oppressions spots a snake that has ‘mistaken…

Give a gong to Farage, not a flatulent embarrassment like Victoria Beckham

14 January 2017 9:00 am

There are Dames and there are dames. Dame Vivien, an old friend, became one for her philanthropy. Dame Edna, the…

Say a little prayer: Liam Neeson as Father Ferreira in ‘Silence’

So long and repetitive, I had a nap: Silence reviewed

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Silence is Martin Scorsese’s film about Jesuit priests in 17th-century Japan whose faith is sorely tested, just as your patience…

Infantrymen, circa 1915

The first world war’s Christian soldiers

10 December 2016 9:00 am

From a letter published under the heading ‘The religion of the ordinary soldier’, The Spectator, 23 December 1916: During a discharge…

Why I’m telling my son about the sky fairy

10 December 2016 9:00 am

After we were married, my husband and I went on honeymoon to Mexico. We drove across country east to west,…

Advent: a season of death, judgment, heaven and hell

26 November 2016 9:00 am

As Christmas celebrations creep earlier, we must preserve the distinctive spirit of this season

Here’s why Brexiteers are worried and angry

12 November 2016 9:00 am

A downbeat Brexiteer Sir: Alexander Chancellor (Long Life, 22 October) wondered why Brexiteers were not more upbeat about their victory.…

Inside China’s ‘secret’ churches

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Inside the ‘secret’ churches whose congregations are growing week by week

Vicar, will you clean my drains?

5 November 2016 9:00 am

The things people ask for at an urban rectory

Why cathedrals are soaring

8 October 2016 9:00 am

The Church of England’s unexpected success story

Lost for words

24 September 2016 9:00 am

It’s a bewildering life being a media Catholic, says Freddy Gray

What do you say to someone who is killing you?

17 September 2016 9:00 am

What do you say to someone who is killing you? It is seldom possible to decide in advance. We are…

I have no interest in hearing Melvyn bragging about the North

3 September 2016 9:00 am

The last thing we need right now, in these divisive times, is a series that spends all its time crowing…

New grammar schools need not bring back the problems of the old ones

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Those who want to revive grammar schools are accused of ‘bring backery’ — the unthinking idea that the past was…

I can’t sleep for anger at the Spectator review of my friend’s book

6 August 2016 9:00 am

May I write a review of a review? I have to get this out of my system, having been unable…

St Mark’s Gospel is as good as EastEnders

30 July 2016 9:00 am

More brides in Britain go down the aisle to Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ than to any other tune, Simon…