Theo Hobson

My Sally Rooney conversion

15 May 2022 4:00 pm

I tried to dislike the writing of Sally Rooney. But I failed. I retain some resistance to Sally Rooney the…

Is Channel 4's sex obsession really a 'public service'?

10 May 2022 10:31 pm

Is Channel 4 a public service broadcaster that should be saved from privatisation? Today’s Queen’s Speech, which lays the groundwork…

Dostovesky and Putin’s useful idiots

11 March 2022 2:49 am

When I was 17 I heard the name Dostovesky, and was enthralled. Just the name felt so glamorously intellectual, so…

The trouble with Putin's Christian Orthodoxy

23 February 2022 10:10 pm

If you are worried about the uncertain fate of democracy in today’s world, what should you do? Become a human…

Divided, we stand

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Anglicans need to agree to disagree

A Christmas prayer

16 December 2021 12:39 am

Dear God, Please help me to keep it together this Christmas. For it is a testing time as well as…

Why I’m paying my daughter to go to church

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Why I’m bribing my daughter to get confirmed

Does ‘white privilege’ exist?

22 October 2021 7:15 am

On Wednesday Radio 4 aired a programme called White Mischief,which promised to trace ‘where whiteness came from and how its…

Why can't men write about sex?

27 September 2021 9:04 pm

Not long ago I was a regular Tinder user. Having heard that gingers were romantically incompatible, I decided to mix…

Can we talk about Emma Raducanu's Christianity?

16 September 2021 4:36 pm

I’ve just been looking at photographs of Emma Raducanu again, this time focusing on her upper chest. She usually wears…

The Church of England is missing a trick on climate change

9 September 2021 10:17 pm

Justin Welby urges us, echoing Deuteronomy, to ‘choose life’, so that our children may live. It is an apt use…

The fight for the future of the Church of England

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The fight for the future of the Church of England

Christmas raises the most basic political question

24 December 2020 6:00 pm

A few years ago, around this time of year, I overheard a nice exchange in a charity shop (I was…

I'm bored of Martin Amis

27 September 2020 4:27 pm

To say that Martin Amis exemplifies the elevation of style over substance is like saying that Donald Trump is a…

Will churches open their doors as lockdown eases?

7 May 2020 12:57 am

The grumbling of high church clergy should now lessen a bit. They were complaining, in some cases furiously, about the…

How Christians feel at Christmas

24 December 2019 5:00 pm

Imagine being in love with someone who ignores you eleven months of the year, then suddenly seems really into you.…

Holy snowflakes: why young believers need to accept faith is controversial

14 April 2018 9:00 am

As well as writing about religion, I have always been an amateur religious artist. Recently I’ve been getting a bit…

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

How God could save Jeremy Corbyn

26 September 2015 8:00 am

If Labour’s atheist leader could show he was at peace with religion, it would go a long way to making his job more secure

Adultery websites should be as unacceptable as race-hate websites

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Why don’t more people object to online promotion of adultery?

Tinder went looking for fresh flesh – and accidentally found me

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Can mobile dating apps move beyond the promise of a one-night stand?

Why calling for an ‘Islamic Reformation’ is lazy and historically illiterate

7 February 2015 9:00 am

What’s wrong with calls for an ‘Islamic Reformation’

Rowan Williams has been reading too much Wittgenstein

27 September 2014 8:00 am

It used to seem rather obvious that the world was full of evidence for God. These days, theologians no longer…

A gangster called Capitalism and its vanquisher The Common Good

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Once upon a time, a powerful unkillable beast menaced the nation. It had to be tamed. It could only be…

The return of God: atheism's crisis of faith

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Dawkins and Grayling et al seem to have inspired a Christian fightback