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

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.