Churches

The Church of England’s new religion

20 March 2021 9:00 am

With a heavy heart I must return once more to the subject of the Church of England. I recognise that…

A defence of the Church of England

13 February 2021 9:00 am

The Church of England is changing – for the better

Letters: How to repair the Church of England

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Save on bishops Sir: The Church of England is once again missing the point if its financial crisis will result…

Holy relic: what will be left of the Church of England after the pandemic?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The Church of England as we know it is disappearing

The misguided priorities of church authorities

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The church authorities’ priorities are all wrong

Letters: The Church of England’s Covid shame

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Paradise lost Sir: After reading Jonathan Beswick (‘Critical mass’, 16 January) I am writing to express the shame I feel…

Why I’m keeping my church open in lockdown

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Why I’m keeping my church open

Will our churches ever reopen?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Will churches ever fully reopen?

Bring back Westminster Abbey’s bells

10 October 2020 9:00 am

It took me several weeks, after returning to the Spectator office, to work out what was missing. It wasn’t the…

Why people have sex in graveyards

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The oldest churchyard in Torquay is being used by people openly having sex and sunbathing nude in broad daylight. This…

Letters: What cycle helmets can tell us about face masks

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Masking the truth Sir: Matthew Parris is right to laud the importance of embracing the scientific method (‘Why should opinion…

Why did we not ban Huawei earlier?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

‘Just rejoice’, as Mrs Thatcher once said about something else. The government’s decision to debug our national security by getting…

My fears for the future of my church have been realised

18 July 2020 9:00 am

The only memorable argument I have ever heard in that tedious debate about whether Shakespeare was a Catholic came from…

Letters: Police must focus on deterring crime, not responding to it

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Deterring crime Sir: Rod Liddle is right to highlight the politicisation of the police as a source of their inadequacies,…

Michelangelo’s David must fall

27 June 2020 9:00 am

‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ said the plane’s banner as it circled the club’s stadium just after the teams had ‘taken…

Letters: Churches have risen to the challenge of lockdown

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Back to schools Sir: I share Lucy Kellaway’s enthusiasm for seeing school-life return and inequality gaps closed (‘A class apart’,…

This could have been a great opportunity for the Church

20 June 2020 9:00 am

During these months of inertia, I confess to having on occasion made illicit trips to churches in the English countryside.…

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…

Don't close the churches because of coronavirus

25 March 2020 4:18 am

Last night, when the Prime Minister made his address to the nation he declared that places of worship would be…

Keeping 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…

Britain really is ceasing to be a Christian country

28 May 2016 9:00 am

A landmark in national life has just been passed. For the first time in recorded history, those declaring themselves to…

Møns Klint as painted by Claudia Massie

‘Was the baby naughty?’: Gory frescoes, spectacular cliffs and herring with a toddler in Denmark

18 April 2015 9:00 am

The sky over the island of Møn, which is at the bottom right of Denmark, was cobalt and the whitewashed…

Detail from the great and strange Altar of the Holy Blood by Tilman Riemenschneider at the Jakobskirche, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Is this the greatest sculpted version of the Easter story? It's certainly the strangest

4 April 2015 9:00 am

In April 1501, about the time Michelangelo was returning from Rome to Florence to compete for the commission to carve…

David Cameron could have been an anti-slavery hero

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Cameron could have been an anti-slavery hero

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

21 June 2014 8:00 am

And that’s true whether or not you believe in God