Atheism

When atheists stole the moral high ground

9 November 2019 9:00 am

In 1585, Jacques du Perron presented to the court of the French king Henry III, as a kind of after-dinner…

Ronald Blythe took us back to an age when a tenant could be turfed out of a tied house simply for being 'rude'

Can giving voice to the horrors of the past re-traumatise?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

It is 50 years since Ronald Blythe published Akenfield, his melancholy portrait of a Suffolk village on the cusp of…

The beauty of Soviet anti-religious propaganda

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Deep in the guts of Russian library stacks exists what remains — little acknowledged or discussed — of a dead…

The West cannot survive without a re-energised belief in Christianity

10 August 2019 9:00 am

There is no faster way to get yourself classed as dim than by admitting that you hold religious belief, especially…

More secrets and symbols

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 sacrifice of Iphigenia: Agamemnon’s crime was ‘impious’, according to Lucretius

What did the ancient Greeks believe?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

It is a curious fact that the modern Hebrew for ‘atheist’, Tim Whitmarsh notes in passing, is apikoros. The word…

We need Christianity more than ever in this Age of Atheists

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Have we ever needed Christianity more than we do today? It’s a rhetorical question, for sure, because the loss of…

This novel is hilarious (unless you're Richard Dawkins)

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Dan Rhodes apparently had trouble finding a publisher for this short novel, and it’s possible to envisage a certain amount…

How God could save Jeremy Corbyn

26 September 2015 8:00 am

On religion, Jeremy Corbyn is interestingly moderate, circumspect — not the angry atheist you might expect. In a recent interview…

The cult of 'mindfulness'

1 November 2014 9:00 am

The chances are that by now either you or someone you know well has begun to practise ‘mindfulness’ — a…

Jonathan Sacks on religion, politics and the civil war that Islam needs

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Jonathan Sacks has an impressive track record for predicting the age we are in. In his 1990 Reith Lectures, ‘The…

Spectator letters: St Augustine and Louise Mensch, war votes and flannel

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Faith and flexibility Sir: What a contrast in your two articles on religion last week: one liberal atheist parent (Claire…

The bizarre – and costly – cult of Richard Dawkins

16 August 2014 9:00 am

The other day I wrote something to upset the followers of Richard Dawkins and one of them tracked me down…

Churchgoing is good for you (even if you don’t believe in God)

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Few people, don’t you find, are as irritating as those who define themselves as Spiritual But Not Religious? There was…

Humans hunger for the sacred. Why can’t the new atheists understand that?

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Does the world have a purpose? The new atheists regard the question as absurd. Purposes emerge in the course of…

Spectator letters: How schools fail boys, Jonathan Croall answers Keith Baxter, and why atheists should love the C of E

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Why girls do better Sir: Isabel Hardman notes that girls now outperform boys at every level in education (‘The descent…

Would human life be sacred in an atheist world?

19 April 2014 9:00 am

What was your reaction recently when it emerged that thousands of unborn foetuses had been burnt by NHS trusts? And…

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

22 February 2014 9:00 am

I had always assumed that the one thing atheism had going for it was that you could have a lie-in…

Richard Dawkins interview: 'I have a certain love for the Anglican tradition'

14 September 2013 9:00 am

‘You owe me an apology,’ Richard Dawkins informs me. It is a bright Oxford morning and we are sitting in…