A Gross Violation

Last month the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe declared that male circumcision is a “violation of the physical integrity of children”. This is clear anti-religious prejudice

Malala’s Real Message

As a 15-year-old British schoolgirl, what struck me about this teenager’s life was that she isn’t a victim, but a role model whose every day is a protest.

Unreliable Lives of the Saints

Two new lives of St Augustine and Thomas Aquinas fail to straightforwardly present the legacies of these two hugely influential figures

On Pilgrimage with the Hasids

'Uman has been called the Hasidic Mecca and the Hasidic Glastonbury. Overwhelmingly, however, the pilgrimage is rejected as “un-Jewish”, even by other ultra-Orthodox Jews'

Arab Spring, Islamist Summer — What Next?

Three years after revolution first hit the Middle East, it remains unclear whether countries in the region will yet forge pluralistic democracies

Darwinian Disbelief

Kristina Carlson's Mr Darwin's Gardener proves that the God debate still generates copy and sells books

The Flawed Logic Of Our Abortion Laws

An unrealistic emphasis on autonomy turned ‘viability’ into the sole criterion for aborting a foetus. This makes no sense today

Can Science Replace Religion In Our Lives?

That materialists and ministers struggle to justify morality shows there is still a place for Christianity in intellectual and public life

More Things in Heaven and Earth

In philosophical circles, it was once heresy to challenge Darwinian reductionism. That is now changing

Forget ‘Islamophobia’. Let’s Tackle Islamism

Sayeeda Warsi prioritises anti-Muslim attitudes but ignores the real threat to Western society posed by radical Islamists

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"