Critique

Thanks to Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church is making a vibrant  and intellectually rigorous contribution to modern society

The Australian floods were encapsulated by underrated national poet, Dorothea Mackellar, whose poem “My Country” best captured the post-diluvian mood

India’s greatest living artist has been forced out of his home country by Hindu sectarian extremists

The head of the Peterhouse historical school was concerned with finding a British national identity based on truth and Christian commitment

The teaching of grammar should be at the heart of the school syllabus. Without it we are killing intellectual curiosity

He is an 18th-century deist with a message for today’s aggressive atheists: religion has a social value, and saves us from the return to a Hobbesian state of nature

Instead of embarking on the project of “saving God” by replacing him with the natural and human shaped world, it is perhaps time to acknowledge that it is we ourselves that need saving – just replacing God with Nature isn’t enough

‘Perhaps tying works of art to their originating topography is vulgar and needs to be kept discreet. But history needs Nabokov. During the artistically formative years, he lived here in the 1920s and 1930s, he peerlessly described how Berlin’s 300,000 Russian émigrés endured life after the Bolshevik Revolution.’

‘”You can’t write a novel,” she said. But, at last, I have’ – Craig Raine details the lengthy birth pains of his fiction debut

Hugh Trevor Roper was the greatest historical stylist of the 20th century. Yet he never produced a masterpiece to rival that of his great hero and predecessor, Edward Gibbon