A game of miracles: how saints are made
By John Cornwell - 25 July 8:58

Pope John Paul II, the charismatic anti-communist who became a religious autocrat, is being fast-tracked to sainthood by the Catholic Church. So what is going on inside the Vatican under the new leadership of Francis?

Muslim women arrive at the Regent's Park Mosque in London
Let us speak for ourselves: five women's experiences of Islamophobic attacks
By Huma Qureshi - 24 July 11:56

Muslim women and their clothes, their relationships with men and their place in British society are written and talked about and discussed and debated to death - but rarely are Muslim women included in those discussions themselves. In an attempt to correc

Depressing but not surprising: how the Magdalene Laundries got away with it
By Anna Carey - 17 July 10:52

As a child, Anna Carey saw the dead-eyed women who had been forced to work for free in the laundries sit among the congregation at Mass, seen and yet ignored. Now, as the religious orders responsible refuse to contribute towards financial compensation, it

Channel 4 are right to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer
By Imran Awan - 02 July 14:49

It will be a refreshing treat to listen to the call for prayer via a mainstream British media channel for the first time, says Imran Awan.

Does it matter that young people in Britain aren't religious?
By Nelson Jones - 26 June 15:08

A recent poll of young people found that 41 per cent thought that religion was the cause of more harm than good in the world.

A protester's shirt displays an embroidery of the Virgin Mary
The Virgin Birth and other myths
By John Gray - 22 June 9:21

Sins of omission and myths of the Enlightenment.

Guilt, prayer, love and worship
By Rt Rev James Jones - 20 June 8:44

Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, the Right Reverend James Jones, Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, explores our moral and spiritual instincts, our need to love and our spontaneous expressions of reverence.

Inside Alpha: An atheist’s foray into Christianity
By Tabatha Leggett - 20 June 8:38

Tabatha Leggett signs up to Christianity’s most successful recruitment programme.

Is Pope Francis about to launch an anti-gay witchhunt in the Vatican?
By Nelson Jones - 14 June 10:59

The pontiff's remarks about the existence of a "gay lobby" in the Vatican draws on a number of age-old homophobic tropes.

Islamophobia and violent extremism: tackling the twin-menace head on
By Muhammad Abdul Bari - 11 June 9:12

Faith and conviction cannot be burnt by the flames of hatred.

Welby at his enthronement as archbishop in Canterbury Cathedral
For the new Power Christians, God is the new CEO
By George Pitcher - 06 June 12:51

With the Archbishop of Canterbury and former oilman Justin Welby at the helm, the new Power Christians of Britain are a formidable tribe whose aim is to reshape the culture of the City of London.

The Left should mobilise against religious extremism as well as the far right
By Sunny Hundal - 05 June 10:50

Anti-fascists who happily march against the BNP or EDL rarely show that level of commitment against Anjem Choudhary’s group. Why?

Rowan Williams.
Rowan Williams: Sharia law question "still pertinent"
By Philip Maughan - 05 June 9:58

The former Archbishop of Canterbury revisits his 2008 speech.

Pope Francis.
On Heaven and Earth by Pope Francis and Abraham Skorka: Will the Church become just another charity?
By John Cornwell - 24 May 9:11

Vatican watchers will find strong clues about the direction of Pope Francis in On Heaven and Earth: a series of conversations Bergoglio held with Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires.

Facing the aftermath: putting the Woolwich attack in context

Targeting a community at large for the criminal activity of a few is unacceptable.

The rainbow flag, symbolising gay pride, flying above the Cabinet Office
As a Muslim, I struggle with the idea of homosexuality – but I oppose homophobia
By Mehdi Hasan - 20 May 14:36

I've made homophobic remarks in the past, writes Mehdi Hasan, but now I’ve grown up — and reconciled my Islamic beliefs with my attitude to gay rights.

Prayers at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, London in 2011.
Confessions of an ex-Muslim
By Omar Shahid - 17 May 10:33

Over 100,000 people in Britain converted to Islam between 2001-2011, yet it is believed that up to 75 per cent may have since lost their faith. Who are they - and how do they feel about the way of life they embraced then quickly abandoned?

My mother didn’t have any say in her divorce - I did.
In a generation, everything has changed for British Muslim women
By Irna Qureshi - 15 May 17:33

My mother and I both married men from Pakistan. Both marriages ended in divorce, but their circumstances and our attitudes towards them could not have been more different: it is a sign of how much has changed.

Paul Lamb and Jane Nicklinson at the Royal Courts for a hearing on legalising do
Assisted dying isn't contested on religious grounds - it's about power, paternalism and control
By Nelson Jones - 14 May 13:39

A recent YouGov poll has shown that a majority of people - from almost all religious denominations - support doctor-assisted dying. It is our secular and spiritual leaders who are refusing to catch up.

The family is where we learn love
By Jonathan Sacks - 02 May 7:22

Faith is the redemption of solitude.

What kind of woman is willing to share her husband?
By Jemima Khan - 23 April 15:19

Jemima Khan investigates why more and more Muslim women in Britain are choosing to become “co-wives”. For many divorced, widowed or older women, could polygamy be a practical answer to their problems?

Author Sam Harris, whose work is central to the Islamophobia allegations.
New Atheism should be able to criticise Islam without being accused of Islamophobia
By Andrew Zak Williams - 19 April 8:49

The atheist community is right to pursue rational, civilised debate, and should be able to do so without being tarred as bigots.

After God: What can atheists learn from believers?
By New Statesman - 27 March 17:08

Why do religious stories continue to mean so much to so many of us, even to the self-described “new, new atheists”?

Ten ways Pope Francis can renew the Catholic church's relationship with women
By Catherine Lafferty - 27 March 12:03

The realm of sex and reproduction in particular is an area where the Vatican needs to improve its approach to its female followers.

Church of England commits sins against statistics
By Alex Hern - 26 March 11:18

"Four out of five British adults believe in the power of prayer." Really? <em>Really?</em>

The sorry truth is that the virus of anti-Semitism has infected the British Muslim community
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 March 9:30

It's a shameful fact that Muslims are not only the victims of racial and religious prejudice but purveyors of it, too.

An Open Letter to Justin Welby from Peter Tatchell
By Peter Tatchell - 21 March 9:02

On the occasion of his enthronement as Archbishop of Canterbury.

Young women hiking on the Chiltern Hills
You don't have to wear tweed and cry "tally-ho" to enjoy the outdoors
By Aisha Gani - 14 March 18:51

Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.

Habemus Papam: time for a fresh start at the Vatican?
By John Cornwell - 14 March 9:33

After promising beginnings with the Vatican II council, the Catholic Church lost its way under the reactionary leadership of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, says John Cornwell. Can it now change course?

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