Leader: Keepers of the faith
By Staff blogger - 15 July 1:14

This magazine has been committed to the values and principles of secularism and free inquiry ever since its foundation in 1913.

The clash of civilisations will not be with Islam
By Sholto Byrnes - 14 July 13:28

“Don’t panic!” says distinguished Cambridge academic.

Anglicans obsess about gay bishops -- yet again
By Sholto Byrnes - 08 July 12:59

It’s time to move on from pettiness and prurience.

What if . . . Reformation had failed
By Dominic Sandbrook - 08 July 1:11

Amid the baroque splendour of Westminster Cathedral, headquarters of England's national Church for more than 250 years, preparations are continuing apace for the Pope's state visit this September.

Meditation rescued me from misanthropy
By Tim Parks - 05 July 9:36

Religion is an easy target for atheists, but, as Tim Parks discovered, there’s no escaping that ther

The NS Interview: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
By Sophie Elmhirst - 02 July 9:26

“Islam is exempted from scrutiny – and spreading fast”

Daily Telegraph religion editor quits
By New Statesman - 21 June 12:37

Telegraph religion editor leaves paper after two years

Absence of Mind
By Julian Baggini - 14 June 9:00

There is something of the pantomime to recent debates concerning science and religion, the question of their compatibility answered with alternating choruses of "Oh no they aren't" and "Oh yes they are".

The Books Interview: John Cornwell
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 14 June 8:59

You argue in your new book that John Henry Newman continues to speak to us from beyond the grave. Why should we be interested in this mid-19th-century Catholic convert?

Rethinking Islamism III
By Sholto Byrnes - 11 June 17:33

A brief response to critics.

Rethinking Islamism II
By Sholto Byrnes - 08 June 18:44

Misconceptions and fears about sharia.

Britons link Islam with extremism, says new poll
By Sholto Byrnes - 07 June 12:33

The instances of real extremism receive most attention, and are then taken to represent everyone and

Rethinking Islamism I: Turkey -- friend or foe?
By Sholto Byrnes - 06 June 20:39

Never do we stop to ask precisely what we mean by Islamism.

Laurie Penny on the Burqa: a modesty slip for misogyny
By Laurie Penny - 29 May 12:35

It is patriarchy rather than religion that oppresses women across the world.

Thinly veiled threat: Mehdi Hasan on the niqab
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 May 9:22

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of the niqab and the burqa. Why have the Continent’s political leaders, confronted by economic and social malaise, declared war on a piece of cloth?

And man created life
By Sholto Byrnes - 21 May 12:33

Does this strengthen or weaken belief in intelligent design?

Judge throws out Sikh holy man libel action
By Dominic Ponsford - 18 May 11:41

Hardeep Singh: "I am delighted and relieved with Mr Justice Eady's ruling which brings an end to a b

Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents
By Sholto Byrnes - 06 May 12:43

My first thought, on picking up the latest book by Ian Buruma, was that it is a very slim volume to bear the weight of so heavy a title.

Does it matter what our leaders believe?
By Sholto Byrnes - 26 April 15:06

The polite compromise between religion and state has served us well.

The right hand of God
By Sunny Hundal - 24 April 11:54

Christian fundamentalists form a noisy wing of the Conservative Party, and their influence is growin

The deafening silence on veil bans
By Sholto Byrnes - 23 April 13:10

France and Belgium are racing to be the first to ban the burqa. Why wasn't that worth mentioning in

Philip Pullman: between Jesus and Christ
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 15 April 8:07

The author of His Dark Materials has an imaginative sympathy with religious faith that has largely b

Religion is a laughing matter
By Yasmeen Khan - 09 April 13:01

The Infidel shows how comedy can fight prejudice.

Should creationism be taught in British classrooms?
By Michael Reiss - 06 April 11:17

Why schools and universities should encourage debate on evolution -- and how this could benefit scie

One Jewish culture, many voices
By Michael Rosen - 05 April 10:12

Have we really sleepwalked into multicultural segregation? The poet Michael Rosen visits the reopene

Islam can do without Simon Cowell
By Mehdi Hasan - 02 April 11:15

Cowell may or may not convert but all Muslims need to confront the ban too many countries place on apostasy.

New Statesman
The Pope, the people and the paedophiles
By John Cornwell - 01 April 8:11

The worldwide scandal of Catholic paedophile priests threatens to become the gravest crisis in the modern history of the Church. As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to visit Britain to beatify Cardinal Newman, we look at the life of this humane Catholic convert

Leader: Methodism, not Marxism
By Staff blogger - 01 April 8:11

A secular state is essential but faith still has an important role to play in the public sphere.

Soul of the party
By Slavoj Zizek - 01 April 8:11

St Paul had it right – using religion to rock the foundations of authority.