Blood of innocents on his hands
By Michela Wrong - 11 April 13:00

Pope John Paul II helped keep the continent of Africa disease-ridden, famished and disastrously unde

A pope who said the unsayable
By Staff blogger - 11 April 13:00

How can it be that, while the prospect of a general election campaign is greeted with a collective public yawn, the death of an 84-year-old Pole grips the country's attention and imagination?

Who would Great Aunt Gittel go for?
By Linda Grant - 04 April 13:00

Linda Grant is trying to make up her mind between two Jewish women candidates

A woman breaks a taboo
By Allegra Stratton - 28 March 13:00

Observations on Islam

Holy thoughts
By Mary Kenny - 21 March 12:00

Memory and Identity: personal reflections

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Even Desperate Housewives is a victim of the culture wars
By Francis Beckett - 07 March 12:00

Violence and threats from militant religious groups are coming thick and fast, and the targets are w

Bigotry lives on in Scotland
By Tim Luckhurst - 21 February 12:00

Observations on religious schools

A terrible evil unleashed
By Daphna Baram - 14 February 12:00

Observations on Melanie Phillips

Labour's contemptible election trade-off
By Nick Cohen - 31 January 12:00

Ministers have written off free speech as collateral in the Iraq war. By proposing to make it a crim

An election riven with contradictions
By Lindsey Hilsum - 31 January 12:00

It is supposed to be the Iraqis' chance to decide their destiny, but what if a new Shia-led governme

An embrace that shames London
By Peter Tatchell - 24 January 12:00

Peter Tatchell, a former Ken Livingstone ally, finds himself accused of Islamophobia as the mayor co

A forgotten minority
By Mark Seddon - 24 January 12:00

Observations on Iraq (1)

Mark Thomas writes a column offensive to Christians
By Mark Thomas - 17 January 12:00

Why are evangelical Christians so upset at a musical that shows Jesus calling himself "a bit gay"? A

World view - Michela Wrong breaks our African tribal taboo
By Michela Wrong - 17 January 12:00

Writing about Africa without mentioning the role of tribalism and witchcraft is like writing about B

Darcus Howe calls an Asian an Asian
By Darcus Howe - 17 January 12:00

To refer to Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, rather than Asians, undermines secularism

Darcus Howe defends that controvercial Sikh play
By Darcus Howe - 10 January 12:00

The issue at Birmingham Rep wasn't freedom of speech, but Asian women's right to life. By <B>Darcus

The principles of freedom
By Staff blogger - 01 January 12:00

Liberty is indivisible. Our commitment to it is not tested by easy cases: a fair trial for a middle-class Anglo-Saxon accused of driving offences; or a fair hearing for a critic of foundation hospitals or top-up fees.

NS man of the year - Dan Brown
By Jason Cowley - 13 December 12:00

The author of the bestselling <em>Da Vinci Code </em>has tapped into our post-9/11 anxieties and fea

Festivals of austerity
By Ziauddin Sardar - 13 December 12:00

NS Christmas - Muslims fast and Hindus walk. Only Christians gorge themselves

Priests to die for
By Ellie Levenson - 13 December 12:00

Observations on calendars

O come, all ye faithless
By Quentin Letts - 13 December 12:00

NS Christmas - Hymns - and carols - could save the Church of England from demise

Against family values
By Terry Eagleton - 13 December 12:00

NS Christmas - Christian evangelicals have got Jesus Christ all wrong, argues Terry Eagleton

The ecstasy of God's dancers
By William Dalrymple - 13 December 12:00

Now more than ever the world needs a gentle, tolerant version of Islam. Sufism is exactly that, but

The defeat of the pork-eaters
By Daphna Baram - 06 December 12:00

In Israel, Orthodox Jews are not only winning the demographic war against their secular enemies - th

Culture wars
By Cristina Odone - 15 November 12:00

Moral majority politics, which helped sweep Bush to victory, are coming here. Muslims, conservative

Setbacks for faith schools
By Francis Beckett - 08 November 12:00

Observations on religion (1)

I'm no atheist, I'm a rationalist
By Patrick West - 08 November 12:00

Observations on religion (2)

A Bush that burns
By Mark Dowd - 01 November 12:00

Who does Dubbya think he is? Moses? St John? Or Jesus himself? Mark Dowd, after an extended study of

Darcus Howe takes two Trevors to task
By Darcus Howe - 01 November 12:00

What do integrationists want us to do? Sing songs of sixpence?

Not in God's name
By Francis Beckett - 25 October 13:00

Francis Beckett on religion and politics