My evangelical son and me
By Lewis Wolpert - 10 April 13:00

My parents were Jewish, and religious in a conventional and social way. We celebrated Jewish holidays and I had a bar mitzvah and went to synagogue every Saturday till I was 15, at my mother's insistence.

China goes to church
By Xiao Jia Gu - 10 April 13:00

Seventy per cent of the world's Christmas decorations are produced in China, and many Chinese now view the festival as an unofficial holiday. On 25 December, in cities across the country, shopping malls are festooned with Christmas trees.

Religion - Passionate about restraint
By Zoe Williams - 10 April 13:00

Does a faith have to advertise to stay alive these days? Zoe Williams on the quiet "rebranding" of Q

'When it comes to facts, and explanations of facts, science is the only game in town'
By Sholto Byrnes - 10 April 13:00

Daniel Dennett is the "good cop" among religion’s critics (Richard Dawkins is the bad cop), but he s

A case for reform
By Tariq Ramadan - 10 April 13:00

Beset by crisis on all sides, the Muslim world seems unable to change. What it needs is some real-wo

X marks the spot
By Shiv Malik - 03 April 13:00

Observations on free speech

The cult of cheerfulness
By Kira Cochrane - 27 March 13:00

When Barbara Ehrenreich set out to investigate corporate culture in America, she found a sinister,

Lindey Hilsum defends her decision to wear a headscarf
By Lindsey Hilsum - 27 March 13:00

Wearing a headscarf is a wonderful thing, because it alerts the audience to the compromises a repor

Atheists are irrational too
By John Gray - 20 March 12:00

Breaking the Spell: religion as a natural phenomenon

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Ziauddin Sardar listens to the young
By Ziauddin Sardar - 20 March 12:00

Islam has played an important role in shaping Britain since the 12th century

Ziauddin Sardar rumbles a scam artist
By Ziauddin Sardar - 06 March 12:00

It is one of the most successful cons in recent Muslim history, and many reputable believers have be

You and I pay for this chauvinism
By Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - 06 March 12:00

Education - Labour is validating the brainwashing of the young

Segregated education in the dock
By John O'Farrell - 27 February 12:00

Observations on Northern Ireland. By <strong>John O'Farrell</strong>

Gags unbound
By Carolyn O'Hara - 20 February 12:00

Comedy - We need to laugh at prejudice - but can Islam tolerate satire? <strong>Carolyn O'Hara</stro

Urban life - Darcus Howe hears the silence
By Darcus Howe - 20 February 12:00

Two million British Muslims gazed from the sidelines at the extremists and opportunists

Mark Thomas tackles the C of E
By Mark Thomas - 20 February 12:00

The Church of England is not the Tory party at prayer at all. It is the Labour cabinet in action

Muhammad and Python
By Samir El-Youssef - 20 February 12:00

Poking fun at the Prophet is pointless, writes Samir El-Youssef. The satire would be better directed

Talking to terrorists
By Martin Bright - 20 February 12:00

Secret documents show the Foreign Office is ready to risk international fury by opening a dialogue w

Freedom of speech is Islamic, too
By Ziauddin Sardar - 13 February 12:00

The easy assumption is that the Muslim world is hypersensitive because it does not believe in freedo

The media column - Peter Wilby reveals a yellow streak
By Peter Wilby - 13 February 12:00

I would not reprint the Danish cartoons to show solidarity: that would show solidarity with an appar

Publish and be damned was always a myth
By Staff blogger - 13 February 12:00

The New Statesman has never been afraid to ruffle feathers. Thus it is fair to ask why we, like others in the media, have refrained from publishing the Danish cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad.

Ziauddin Sardar confronts the commentators
By Ziauddin Sardar - 06 February 12:00

If journalists described Jews or gay people as they do Muslims, they would be hounded out of what is

Haunted by the politics of hate
By Ziauddin Sardar - 30 January 12:00

Religion - Behind the prosperous facade lurks an ugly strain of Hindu fundamentalism, argues Ziauddi

Hizb ut-Tahrir: the facts
By Shiv Malik - 30 January 12:00

* Founded in Jerusalem in 1953 with aim of establishing the Caliphate, an Islamic superstate, by revolutionary means

* View on western life: "We should not become integrated into the corrupt western society and accept their diseased notions of democracy, freedom and capitalism"

Losing the plot
By Martin Bright - 30 January 12:00

Exclusive - As Blair's anti-terror plan unravels, secret e-mails show that even ministers and intell

Diary - Richard Dawkins
By Richard Dawkins - 30 January 12:00

Unfortunately, Ofsted gave a rave review to Tony Blair's pet city academy in Gateshead, whose head o

Beyond 'confident'
By Amit Chaudhuri - 30 January 12:00

Writing - Since Midnight's Children, Indian writing in English has been lauded for a new self-confid

Ziauddin Sardar wants to remember the Holocaust
By Ziauddin Sardar - 23 January 12:00

When Muslims take part in Holocaust Memorial Day events, they are following the example of the Proph