Religion

Molly Wright as Alex in Apostasy

Fascinating, powerful and brilliantly done: Apostasy reviewed

28 July 2018 9:00 am

For many years I would chat genially with our local Jehovah, Stephen, who came door-to-door every few months or so,…

Ethan Hawke as the Revd Ernst Toller and Amanda Seyfried as Mary

Powerfully – grippingly – puzzling: First Reformed reviewed

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Paul Schrader’s First Reformed is slow, churchy, cerebral, bleak, difficult, tormented and puzzling, which is always a blow. So exhausting…

The term ‘marriage’ needs to be untangled

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Rebecca Steinfeld (37) and Charles Keidan (41) have a moral objection to marriage. They’ve been together since 2010, have two…

Letters: the very belief that poorer pupils do less well is what limits them

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Self-limiting beliefs Sir: As someone who spent much of his working life teaching at Eton and Harrow, it was amusing…

A tale of two Sarahs: the cuddly bishop vs the terrifying cardinal

31 March 2018 9:00 am

A cuddly Anglican bishop vs a scary Catholic cardinal

If you like Schoenberg, you'll like Björk's Utopia

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Grade: A A dimbo pop reviewer for one of our national newspapers suggested that on this album, her ninth, Björk…

Christian Slater is mesmerising: Glengarry Glen Ross reviewed

18 November 2017 9:00 am

David Mamet’s plays are tough to pull off because his dialogue lacks the predictable shapeliness of traditional dramatic speech. He…

Rarely has the West End seen such a draining and nasty experience: The Exorcist reviewed

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The Exorcist opened in 1973 accompanied by much hoo-ha in the press. Scenes of panic, nausea and fainting were recorded…

More secrets, symbols and awesome truths from Dan Brown

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Being reflexively snotty about Dan Brown’s writing is like slagging off Donald Trump’s spelling: it just entrenches everyone’s position. In…

‘The Incredulity of Thomas’, by Caravaggio. (c.1603). It is only in St John’s Gospel that Thomas is portrayed as unbelieving

Wonder Beyond Belief: a book to challenge and change you

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I’m not a critic, I’m an enthusiast. And when you are an enthusiast you need to try your best to…

Neil MacGregor’s latest Radio 4 series is exhilarating

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Only Neil MacGregor could do it — take us in a single thread from a blackened copper coin, about the…

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…

A clash of creeds in Old and New Ulster: Nick Laird’s Modern Gods reviewed

12 August 2017 9:00 am

This is a very modern novel. Terrorist atrocity sits side by side with the familiar and the mundane. Where better…

Hope, the blue whale, replaces Dippy, the diplodocus, in the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall

The newly refurbished Natural History Museum is glorious

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Sometimes, it pays to rediscover what’s already under your nose. I’ve been umpteen times to the Natural History Museum but…

Scabrous and sarcastic: singer-songwriter Randy Newman

‘Things are less liberal than they used to be’: Randy Newman interview

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Randy Newman tells Michael Hann that he wouldn’t get away with his more troubling songs nowadays

Deus ex machina: Social networks can’t replace religion

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Social networks can’t replace religion

What should Tim Farron be allowed to believe?

24 June 2017 9:00 am

‘If he can’t be in politics,’ the Archbishop of Canterbury tweeted last week after Tim Farron resigned the leadership of…

Do the bump: ‘The Visitation’, 1528–30, by Jacopo da Pontormo

A history of bump iconography

3 June 2017 9:00 am

Laura Freeman celebrates one of the loveliest of all New Testament images

Torture porn done with the trite slickness of a Vogue photo shoot: Salomé reviewed

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The Olivier describes Salomé by Yaël Farber as a ‘new’ play. Not quite. It premièred in Washington a couple of…

Spectator Letters: Libyan oil must be allowed to flow freely

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Libyan solution Sir: Boris Johnson correctly reports glimmers of hope in Libya, but to say its problems can be solved…

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…

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

Luther’s music had an even greater impact than his words

29 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s 500 years since Martin Luther pinned his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, sparking…

Every Easter, I think of the artist and poet David Jones

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Each Easter, I think of David Jones (1895-1974). He was a distinguished painter and, I would (though unqualified) say, a…