Christianity's top 11 most controversial figures | Pope Urban VIII
By Patrick Osgood - 06 September 10:32

Urban’s soured relationship with Galileo drew the battle line between faith and science that remains

Christianity's top 11 most controversial figures | Thomas Cranmer
By Patrick Osgood - 06 September 10:31

Cranmer's 'sexed-up' case for Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon provided the cover neede

Christianity's top 11 most controversial figures | Joan of Arc
By Tom Phillips - 06 September 10:29

The bad-girl of French Catholicism

Christianity's top 11 most controversial figures | Guy Fawkes
By Tom Phillips - 06 September 10:23

Britain's number one conspirator.

Christianity's top 11 most controversial figures
By Tom Phillips & Duncan Robinson - 06 September 10:17

The Staggers presents its list of most intriguing and contentious Christians: includes Popes, conspi

Ireland’s shameless cardinal
By Sholto Byrnes - 25 August 11:57

Claudy bombings cover-up shows sorry is the hardest word for the Catholic hierarchy — yet again.

Jinnah — he had a dream
By Akbar Ahmed - 23 August 8:53

The vision of Pakistan’s founding father was a land of many faiths and cultures united in a common p

Is Ramadan a threat to Muslim success at London 2012?
By Tom Phillips - 20 August 16:20

Muslim Olympians will have to decide whether or not they fast during 2012, but will it cost them?

The mosques aren’t working in Bradistan
By Samira Shackle - 20 August 11:49

Bradford's Pakistani community predominantly originates from the Mirpur region. 

Ramadan: your questions answered
By Mehdi Hasan - 13 August 11:34

A brief guide for the curious, the bored, the uninformed and the ignorant.

Losing our religion
By Sholto Byrnes - 11 August 12:29

Who knows about classics and the Bible these days?

One nation undivided under God
By Sholto Byrnes - 09 August 9:20

Up until 2005, Indonesia seemed sure to succumb to a wave of Islamist terror. But, in the post-Suhar

End this liberal hostility to the Pope
By Carla Powell - 06 August 9:01

A fascinating event took place recently in Rome in a palazzo high up on Gianicolo, the hill overlooking the Vatican: the European premiere of a film about Pope John Paul II, presented by none other than Newt Gingrich, former s

Pope snubbed by Scottish Catholics
By Caroline Crampton - 03 August 14:13

Thousands turn down the chance to see the Pope in person, and controversy over costs continues.

Is al-Qaeda racist?
By Michael Mumisa - 30 July 12:53

Barack Obama’s race may have added significance in the “Muslim” terror group’s warped world-view.

Vicar of Rome: gays must come out and get out
By Caroline Crampton - 28 July 17:32

Responding to an exposé of gay priests in the Vatican by an Italian magazine, the cardinal orders ho

Ann Widdecombe rules out Vatican appointment
By Caroline Crampton - 26 July 19:09

The former government minister turns down the post, citing a detached retina, and heads for Strictly

Why you shouldn't write Sarah Palin off
By Rob Blackhurst - 26 July 8:32

The rise of Rick Warren and the mega-church Bible Belt has boosted Palin's presidential ambitions.

Ann Widdecombe - extended interview
By Alyssa McDonald - 19 July 15:20

A longer version of this week's NS interview.

The NS Profile: Rowan Williams
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 19 July 9:03

The last time the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, spoke to the New Statesman, it was at the end of 2008, a year that our writer, James Macintyre, described as "one of the most difficult for Anglicanism si

In defence of secularism
By Terry Sanderson - 19 July 9:02

The United States, Turkey and India all have secular constitutions. However, none of them contains the definitive "secularism". There is no such thing.

Not the messiah
By Alain de Botton - 19 July 9:01

The French sociologist Auguste Comte attempted to reconcile suspicion of religion with sympathy for

Interview: Rowan Williams

The Archbishop of Canterbury talks about religious longing,
how the Church of England enriches soc

Enshrined in law
By Mehdi Hasan - 19 July 8:53

Secularism became a vital part of the Indian constitution after independence, but it is now under th

The God-shaped hole in our lives
By Bryan Appleyard - 19 July 8:08

We like to think that religion counts only when we need to choose a good school for our children. Ye

The NS Interview: Ann Widdecombe
By Alyssa McDonald - 16 July 8:47

“Secularism means everybody is infallible except the Pope. Crazy”

Strictly or the Vatican?
By Caroline Crampton - 15 July 14:41

Ann Widdecombe must choose between the reality show and becoming Britain’s ambassador to the Vatican