Scotland’s religious collapse

8 June 2024 9:00 am

Last week, I had a drink with a Catholic priest friend who works with young people in custody. Inevitably, our…

Letters: save our churches!

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Free the C of E Sir: Patrick Kidd’s article on the shortcomings of today’s Church of England maintains the importance of the…

A middle-aged man in crisis: How to Make a Bomb, by Rupert Thomson, reviewed

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Travelling home from an academic conference, Philip Notman suddenly feels sick and disorientated. But it will take a long time for him to identify the cause, and possible cure

Why is it so hard to be a Christian in public life?

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Is it any longer acceptable to be a Christian? News reaches me of a strange case involving the Liberal Democrat…

When was the last genuine royal tour of Nigeria?

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Royal welcomes The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Nigeria last week. When was the last genuine royal tour of…

The triumph of Katharine Birbalsingh

20 April 2024 9:00 am

There are two questions that need to be asked of any society: what is it that is going wrong; and…

Is the C of E about to say sorry for Christianity?

16 March 2024 9:00 am

Is the Church of England going to apologise for Christianity? A report by something called the Oversight Group has declared…

Dinosaurs, dogma and the Victorian mind

9 March 2024 9:00 am

The ‘monsters’ dug from the cliffs of Lyme Regis did not sit well with the literal reading of Genesis – but many other issues contributed to the famed Victorian crisis of faith

Britain’s Jews aren’t safe

18 February 2024 8:07 pm

The explosion of hatred and extremism prompted by the October 7 massacre was never going to limit itself to the…

What Jesus taught us

16 December 2023 9:00 am

The real problem with ChatGPT is that it can never make a joke

25 November 2023 9:00 am

When Andy Stanton commands the AI program to tell him a story about a blue whale with a tiny penis, the result, as it unfolds, drives him a bit insane

Has the Vatican abandoned beauty?

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Has the Vatican abandoned beauty?

The making of Mecca

11 June 2023 5:30 pm

Later this year, over two million Muslims will travel to Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, for the Hajj, one the five pillars…

High life

20 May 2023 9:00 am


13 May 2023 9:00 am

The Anglican priests charged with exorcising evil spirits

13 May 2023 9:00 am

The Anglican priests charged with exorcising evil spirits

In defence of the Free Church of Scotland

23 February 2023 5:24 pm

Recent days have shown an upsurge of interest in a small Presbyterian church (the Free Church of Scotland, colloquially referred…

Cardinal Pell’s righteous fury at the Vatican’s theological direction

12 January 2023 12:06 am

Cardinal Pell, a former head of Vatican finances, does not criticise Pope Francis directly in the piece he’s written for…

AA only admits the right sort of alcoholics

1 October 2022 9:00 am

The support group groupies have issued another ban. They have attempted to slap an exclusion order on another long-standing member,…

The Archbishop of Canterbury has risen to the occasion

10 September 2022 4:01 am

Archbishop Justin Welby has done a good job of relating the Queen’s virtues to her Christian faith. This is no…

Salman Rushdie overcame his fear

13 August 2022 8:13 pm

After Ayatollah Khomeini ordered Muslims to kill him for publishing The Satanic Verses in 1989, Julian Barnes gave Salman Rushdie…

An intense slab of religiosity: Nick Cave's Seven Psalms reviewed

16 July 2022 9:00 am

 Grade: B There has always been a seriousness and intelligence about Nick Cave quite at odds with that which usually…

Why the Bible still matters

19 June 2022 6:35 pm

If you look to our schools and universities, you will not see a serious engagement with the Bible as part…