Theo Hobson

Ukraine attacks the Church of England’s ‘pro-Russia propaganda’

28 February 2024 8:37 pm

Perhaps Justin Welby expected gratitude from Ukraine, after the Church of England’s Synod debated the war this week. He certainly…

The Church of England shouldn’t be neutral about the Ukraine war

27 February 2024 6:23 pm

The Church of England’s Synod is debating the war in Ukraine today. There will be a vote on a motion…

Why won’t Justin Welby call out Russia’s Patriarch Kirill?

17 February 2024 8:04 pm

Justin Welby has just visited Ukraine. While there he spoke clearly against the false religion that underlies Russia’s ideology, and…

Why do I keep falling for Boris Johnson’s charm?

12 January 2024 5:24 pm

On Saturday, I was in a public library, waiting for an old guy to finish with the Times. But he seemed…

When will Rory Stewart’s time come?

5 January 2024 11:44 pm

Can a dose of moral earnestness revive Tory fortunes? This is the question raised by Rory Stewart’s recent memoir, Politics…

Did Richard Dawkins’s ‘New Atheists’ spark a Christian revival?

27 December 2023 6:00 pm

The battle between New Atheism and religion was never likely to have a clear winner. It was never very likely…

When will the CofE have an honest debate about homosexuality?

18 November 2023 4:51 am

At the Church of England’s General Synod on Wednesday morning, I had a good view of the sign-language person. In…

The Church of England must clarify its stance on homosexuality

10 November 2023 6:06 pm

The Church of England has realised that its decades of dithering over homosexuality must end. It must finally bite the…

The trouble with Canterbury Cathedral’s rave

7 October 2023 7:30 pm

I will not be attending the silent disco that is soon to be held in Canterbury Cathedral. I will not…

Why don’t we talk more about sexual morality?

21 September 2023 9:14 pm

The Russell Brand story shows, once again, how sexual morality is only usually debated in relation to allegations of abuse…

In praise of Justin Welby’s ‘less bossy’ Church of England

15 September 2023 9:23 pm

Justin Welby is not my sort of Anglican. Or maybe he is, in a way. I’m not really sure who…

The time is ripe for a liberal revival of the Church of England

31 August 2023 3:10 am

Things are looking up for the Church of England. Its painful era of disunity is behind it, or soon will…

Why I’m romantic about climate change

30 July 2023 7:54 pm

Why hasn’t an anti-technology movement emerged? It seems to me that we face two overlapping crises. One is obviously climate…

The Church of England is on the brink of a crisis

12 July 2023 5:00 pm

A bishop said something significant at General Synod last week. I promise you. Something that might even herald a new…

What was it really like for the Windrush generation?

22 June 2023 5:52 pm

This article is not about me. It’s about a woman in her late eighties called Ethel who goes to my…

Would Jesus really have joined the Bristol bus boycott?

9 June 2023 10:39 pm

St Mary Redcliffe church, in Bristol, has removed four stained-glass windows dedicated to the slave trader Edward Colston, he whose…

What Phillip Schofield teaches us about public morality

28 May 2023 4:16 am

On one level it’s all fluff and gossip, but the Phillip Schofield story actually raises some interesting questions about what…

Martin Amis and the idolatry of style over substance

23 May 2023 9:25 pm

To be a bookish young man in the late twentieth century was to be a Martin Amis fan. I was…

Britain’s ‘theocracy’ is something to be proud of

5 May 2023 4:05 pm

This coronation season, punditry is bristling with acute reflections on the British constitution, especially its religious aspect. Or maybe not.…

Belief in God doesn’t come from a fear of death

16 April 2023 6:00 pm

When I was a teenager someone asked me if I was scared of dying. No, I said, but I’m a…

Does the Church of England need evangelicals?

8 April 2023 7:00 pm

The Church of England is in for an explosive summer. In February, Synod decided to allow the blessing of gay…

Kate Forbes and the conundrum of marriage

23 February 2023 9:55 pm

The fuss over Kate Forbes’ opposition to gay marriage shows that the concept of marriage has become a serious muddle.…

In praise of meat-free Fridays for Lent

15 February 2023 3:26 am

The bishop of Norwich, the Right Reverend Graham Usher, has suggested that Anglicans might like to abstain from eating meat…