By Rowan Williams, Melvyn Bragg, Lucy Winkett, Robin Ince, Vicky Beeching and Julian Baggini.
Religion used to define our seasons and our days. But now that it’s in decline in the west, what rituals can take its place?
By Cristina Odone.
In this provocative challenge to the left, the former New Statesman deputy editor Cristina Odone argues that liberalism has become the new orthodoxy – and there is no room for religious believers to dissent.
By Robin Ince.
A reply to Odone’s piece from an atheist.
By Mehdi Hasan.
Pretending that the danger comes only from the devout could cost lives.
By John Gray.
From the Inquisition to Isis, religion is blamed for brutality. But violence is a secular creed too.
By Karen Armstrong.
Although IS is certainly an Islamic movement, it is neither typical nor mired in the distant past, because its roots are in Wahhabism, a form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia that developed only in the 18th century.
By Anna Whitelock.
Jessie Childs’s God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England is a detailed and absorbing account of the difficulties of being Catholic in England in the 17th century.
By Caroline Crampton.
After decades of wrangling, the Church of England has finally appointed its first woman bishop. Caroline Crampton went to meet Reverend Libby Lane, the new Bishop of Stockport.
By Xan Rice.
To his surprise, Jonny Yaxley, a former landscaper, found he enjoyed the craftsmanship involved in preparing a perfect grave. And he liked learning about the lives of the deceased.
By Bina Shah.
Everyone seems to know that the moderate Muslim exists, but nobody seems to really agree on what he or she looks like, how he or she acts, behaves, what she believes in, how he or she practises.
By Oliver Bullough.
Labour does not “do God”, in the words of Alastair Campbell, but a group of believers from Luton do – and they won the party the seat. Could their success be replicated?
By Willard Foxton.
It’s one of the broadcaster’s flagship religious programmes, yet it makes religious people look unfairly crazy.