This week, to tie in with our Godless Britain special, Alain de Botton explores the life of Auguste Comte, who founded a "religion for atheists" in the 19th century. Elsewhere, John Gray discusses the crackpot creed of the Russian émigrée novelist Ayn Rand, and Chris Mullin reviews Deborah Mattinson's book Talking to a Brick Wall, on the remaking of New Labour.
In Books, Ed Smith lauds an account of golf's most dramatic tournament of recent years -- the 2009 Open; Olivia Laing discusses Nicholas Shakespeare's new rags-to-riches novel, Inheritance; and Anthony Howard shares his undergraduate memories of the Christ Church historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, whose biography by Adam Sisman is published this week.
Marking the start of the summer blockbuster season, Ryan Gilbey reviews Toy Story 3 and Inception, and we have the rest of our award-winning critics columns on television, radio art and video games. Plus the inimitable Will Self, this week on football mania.