ethics

The question Christianity fails to answer: ‘Who is my neighbour?’

12 December 2015 9:00 am

‘Fine old Christmas,’ wrote George Eliot, ‘with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in…

Quentin Letts’s Diary: An apology to the BBC journos who, thanks to me, are being sent away for re-education

5 December 2015 9:00 am

First, an apology. Thanks to me, all journalists at BBC Radio’s ethics and religion division are being sent for indoctrination…

The car insurance industry is a disgusting racket

24 October 2015 9:00 am

The car insurance industry is a racket: I think we all suspected that. But unless you’ve had personal experience of…

The kindness of strangers is a pleasing mystery

17 October 2015 8:00 am

When I applied to medical school, an experienced doctor offered me some advice: ‘Don’t give them reason to think you’re…

I invented ‘virtue signalling’. Now it’s taking over the world

10 October 2015 9:00 am

To my astonishment and delight, the phrase ‘virtue signalling’ has become part of the English language. I coined the phrase…

We let programmers run our lives. So how’s their moral code?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

A few years ago, in the week before Christmas when supermarket sales are at their highest, staff at one branch…

Millions of us honestly don’t know what our duty is to migrants – and Christianity doesn’t help

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Proximity shouldn’t make a difference — should it? We were on a beach on the European side of the Mediterranean,…

A licence to kill - the slippery slope of 'assisted dying'

29 August 2015 9:00 am

A couple of years ago I contacted Holland’s top pro-euthanasia organisation. Our House of Lords looks likely to approve a…

Why I was right to vote for Jeremy Corbyn

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Is the ‘Tories for Corbyn’ campaign politics at its most infantile? As one of the few conservative commentators willing to…

The Krays, Dennis Nilsen – and Chris Grayling: a conversation with Sir Ivan Lawrence QC

10 January 2015 9:00 am

I’m standing with Sir Ivan Lawrence QC in a narrow room at his Pump Court chambers, examining an oil painting…

I believe in animal research. But it’s time to draw a line

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Imagine, for a minute, that you’re a frog — a pro-science frog. You’re so pro-science that you’ve decided to donate…

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…

E.O. Wilson has a new explanation for consciousness, art & religion. Is it credible?

7 September 2013 9:00 am

His publishers describe this ‘ground-breaking book on evolution’ by ‘the most celebrated living heir to Darwin’ as ‘the summa work…