Constitutional Ignoramus

In attempting to answer his question Why Tolerate Religion, Chicago philosopher Brian Leiter wilfully neglects the impact of the Judaeo-Christian tradition on Western civilisation

The Family is the Key to the Future of Faith

The postwar baby boom fuelled a religious revival, but the welfare state is no substitute for the family—or God

Was Crucifixion a Jewish Penalty?

Some academics have questioned whether Jesus died on the cross. Exploring historical sources, however, we can learn much about the ancient world's way of death

Trumpet Voluntary

Diarmaid MacCulloch's new book on the Christian Church is entitled Silence but it might've been better if he'd just kept quiet

Law of the Land

‘The Muslim Council wants Muslims to be able to settle family disputes according to Islamic principles. Fine, but only if those principles are consistent with the law of the land’

Tombstone Stories

‘An everyday ramble round a graveyard subliminally corrects any tendency to assume ourselves immortal’

Pope Frank: In the Footsteps of St Francis

Jovial, informal and compassionate, the new Pontiff has the qualities to restore faith in the Vatican and to promote women in the Church

The Middle Kingdom’s Problem with Religion

Faced with an astonishing revival of Christianity in China, Beijing is reacting with a mixture of alarm, repression and control

We Abandon Christians in the East At Our Peril

Radical Islam is growing in Muslim countries that openly persecute their religious minorities. The West has so far turned a blind eye

A Bee in his Bonnet

Richard Dawkins cannot grasp the distinction between knowledge and wisdom. This puts him at war not only with religion, but the entire tradition of Western philosophy

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"