Church

The touching traces of the past in church visitors’ books

15 June 2019 9:00 am

I am memorialised twice in my village church. Not in some premature lapidary way, but in the visitors’ book. The…

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?

The holy pedigree of cats

20 April 2019 9:00 am

It is claimed that the prophet Muhammad loved cats. His favourite was called Muezza and he would do without his…

Despite everything, America is beautiful — especially at West Point

18 November 2017 9:00 am

What is left to say after the church shooting in the Home of the Depraved? Those killed in Texas included…

A plague on our village

30 September 2017 9:00 am

As is traditional in this village, the Chapel congregation had walked the 100 yards up the hill to unite with…

A love song to the Holy Spirit

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Dr Mindlin called. I needed cheering up? If I fancied a week in Antigua as his guest I should be…

Act of faith: Sybil Thorndike as Saint Joan, c.1924, in George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Saint Joan’

Why does drama always end up sneering at religion?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

 Theo Hobson explores the enduring appeal that religion has for dramatists

Why the next Tory leader is likely to be in the ‘Leave’ camp

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Here is a thought for all those Tory MPs calculating their personal advantage in the forthcoming EU referendum: unless the…

Letters: Against and in defence of the gender fluidity debate

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Leave those kids alone Sir: Melanie Phillips was right to raise serious concerns about the emerging practice of challenging children…

Charles Moore’s Notes: A meditation on my son’s marriage

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Our son, William, celebrated his marriage on Saturday. You would expect me to say that it was wonderful, sunny occasion.…

When the going gets tough there’s nothing like an hour of rollicking hymn singing

8 August 2015 9:00 am

On Saturday my boy had a mini-stroke at home, aged only 26. ‘You’ll have to give up smoking and do…

Letters: Booming churches, brilliant Swedes and who gets the VC

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Growing congregations Sir: I would like to take issue with Damian Thompson (‘Crisis of faith’, 13 June) and his assertions…

The vicar struck the first blow. And then he told us all a joke

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Before delivering his sermon, the vicar said we must offer one another the sign of peace. He struck the first…

Spectator letters: What has happened to the instinctive Tory faith?

2 May 2015 9:00 am

An instinctive Tory faith Sir: For once Bruce Anderson does not exaggerate: David Cameron did indeed win golden opinions for…

The mysterious pleasure of Magnus Mills

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Since his debut with the Booker-nominated The Restraint of Beasts in 1999, Magnus Mills has delighted and occasionally confounded his…

The church of self-worship: Sunday morning with the atheists

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Sunday morning among the atheists

White Dee's diary: From Benefits Street to Downing Street?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

There’s no reason why you should have heard of me. No reason why you would have watched a Channel 4…

Forgive me, Father

8 February 2014 9:00 am

What Catholics really talk about in the confession box

Portrait of the week

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Home Britain’s gross domestic product grew by 1.9 per cent last year, the most since 2007, according to the Office…

Dear Mary: Should I thrust my backside at other people in the theatre?

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Q. I am no interior decorator, but we have a couple of rather subtle paint colours in the house that…

Death comes for the archbishop

7 April 2012 11:00 am

Blair Worden dispels some of the myths surrounding Henry II and his turbulent priest, Thomas Becket

Rare voices

13 November 2010 12:00 am

The Church of England is not known for being tirelessly dogmatic in the face of shifting public opinion, just for being buffeted by it.