Christianity

Giotto’s ‘The Kiss of Judas’ in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua

Justin Cartwright on redheads, anti-Semitism and the betrayal of Christ

4 April 2015 8:00 am

Peter Stanford is a writer on religious and ethical matters. He was for four years editor of the Catholic Herald.…

It takes a village (or six): the battle for rural churches

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Some of the longest job descriptions belong to rural Church of England clergy. ‘So what do you do?’ ‘I’m the…

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

7 February 2015 9:00 am

It’s been said for years now: Islam needs its reformation. Some centuries ago, Christianity ditched its theocratic impulse and affirmed…

This ex-priest’s history of the gospels could unsettle the most faithful churchgoer

13 December 2014 9:00 am

When James Carroll was a boy, lying on the floor watching television, he would glance up at his mother and…

Was this Christian pioneer of radio evangelism a fraud?

29 November 2014 9:00 am

She was the sequinned star of the airwaves back in the 1920s, the first preacher to realise the potential of…

God, aliens and a novel with a mission

22 November 2014 9:00 am

They say never work with children and animals. They could just as well say don’t write about aliens and God.…

Watch out Pope Francis: the Catholic civil war has begun

8 November 2014 9:00 am

‘At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the church is like a ship without a rudder,’…

Should ‘suicide’ mean pig-killing?

8 November 2014 9:00 am

There was a marvellous man in Shakespeare’s day known as John Smyth the Sebaptist. ‘In an act so deeply shocking…

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…

Joshua Milton Blahyi in 1996

Is forgiveness a weapon in the war on terror?

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Could you ever torture someone? Could you, under different circumstances, in a different world (I hope) than the one which…

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…

The SNP’s 'cybernats' are a modern political scourge – with the zeal of converts

30 August 2014 9:00 am

The first ‘yes’ campaign volunteer knocked on my door towards the end of last year. She was a member of…

The Islamic State is destroying the greatest melting pot in history

23 August 2014 9:00 am

As the fighters of the Islamic State drive from village to captured village in their looted humvees, they criss-cross what…

Spectator letters: VAT and sugar, Boris Johnson and cricket, whisky and bagpipes

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Sugar added tax Sir: Julia Pickles (Letters, 14 June) suggests a sugar tax to combat the obesity epidemic and discourage…

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…

Why Beyoncé is a conservative icon

3 May 2014 9:00 am

When Time pictured an underwear-clad pop star on its cover, hailing her as one of the world’s most influential people,…

Simon Callow’s notebook: What it’s like to lose at an awards ceremony

8 March 2014 9:00 am

It was one of those weeks. On Monday, I was in four countries: I woke up at crack of dawn…

I’m scared to admit to being a Tory in today’s C of E

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I am training for ordained ministry at a Church of England theological college. I am a trainee vicar, if you…

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…

Man between vice and virtue in St Augustine’s City of God. French incunabulum from Abbeville, 1486-87

Christianity is the foundation of our freedoms

22 February 2014 9:00 am

If there is one underlying source from which all our other societal problems stem, it is surely this: we no…

Why doesn't Stephen Fry boycott the Saudis as well as the Russians? 

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Call me sentimental, but I’ve never seen a better opening ceremony than the Sochi one, evoking Russia’s great past in…

Forgive me, Father

8 February 2014 9:00 am

For non-Catholics, the most luridly fascinating aspect of Catholicism is confession. Telling your inmost sins — and we know what…

Letters: Nurses reply to Mary Dejevsky, and Iggy Pop’s sherry habit

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Nursing standards Sir: I share Mary Dejevsky’s concern regarding the impact of tired, overworked nurses on the quality of patient…