Photograph by Charles Sturge

Remembering P.J. Kavanagh

19 September 2015 8:00 am


Sir Thomas Browne (Photo: Getty)

It’s amazing how many different subjects Sir Thomas Browne’s latest biographer doesn’t care about

20 June 2015 9:00 am

On the evening of 10 March 1804, Samuel Taylor Coleridge settled at a desk in an effort to articulate what…

Was Mrs Thatcher religious? Photo: Getty

Did Mrs Thatcher ‘do’ God? Denis thought so, and he should know, says Charles Moore

11 April 2015 9:00 am

As I swink in the field of Thatcher studies, this book brings refreshment. It is a welcome and rare. Far…

Orestes consults the oracle at Delphi (Roman, 1st century AD).

Management consultancy! Sculpture park! Sports stadium! The many faces of the Delphic Oracle

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Sam Leith finds the most sacred site of Ancient Greece still a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

The Cleansing of Naaman by Elisha. Woodcut from the Biblia Sacra Germanaica

The Serpent’s Promise, by Steve Jones - review

11 May 2013 9:00 am

The weight of bacteria that each of us carries around is equal to that of our brain, a kilogram of…

AC Grayling vs God

2 March 2013 9:00 am

‘Atheism is to theism,’ Anthony Grayling declares, ‘as not collecting stamps is to stamp-collecting’. At this point, we are supposed…

The frontiers of freedom

28 January 2012 10:00 am

The problem with Nick Cohen’s very readable You Can’t Read This Book is the way that you can, glaringly, read…

Helping our unbelief

21 January 2012 11:00 am

Over 125 of the 320 pages in this book are either blank, or taken up with black-and-white illustrations, of subjects…

Friendships resurrected

3 September 2011 12:00 am

A fact which often surprises those who pick up the Bible in adulthood, having not looked at it for years, is how very short the stories are.


The gay Lambeth way

9 July 2011 12:00 am

Archbishop Edward Benson was the ideal of a Victorian churchman.


When wailing is appropriate

7 May 2011 12:00 am

This is a strange exercise. It is a commonplace book of quotations from great authors, assembled by the philosopher A. C. Grayling. The extracts from the great books, how- ever, are provided without attribution.


Great among the nations

9 April 2011 12:00 am

The King James Bible, while uniting the English-speaking world, gave birth to centuries of radicalism and Dissent. On its 400th anniversary, Philip Hensher examines the translation’s legacy


Sins of the fathers

26 March 2011 12:00 am

The papacy is in good shape and looks set to last another 2,000 years, says Paul Johnson; but too few popes in the past have been pious or clement or innocent

So farewell, John Bull

26 February 2011 12:00 am

His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Fisher, keen to counter the dreadful spectre of the atomic bomb in the 1950s, observed that the very worst it could do would be to sweep a vast number of people at one moment from this world into the other, more vital world, into which anyhow they must all pass at one time.


The battle for the holy city

19 February 2011 12:00 am

In a tour de force of 500 pages of text Simon Sebag Montefiore, historian of Stalin and Potemkin, turns to a totally different subject: the city of Jerusalem.

Can it be described?

12 February 2011 12:00 am

Where was God in the Holocaust? This question confounds even learned rabbis, so let’s not linger there.

Sweeter than honey

25 September 2010 12:00 am

The only thing I can remember about a Tesco advertisement on the television the other night is the line: ‘No rest for the wicked.’ It was meant ironically, of course.


Amid the encircling gloom

4 September 2010 12:00 am

Africa is the setting for several of V. S. Naipaul’s finest fictional stories — In a Free State, A Bend in the River, Half a Life.

Physical and spiritual decay

7 July 2010 12:00 am

The most striking thing about Piers Paul Read’s early novels was their characters’ susceptibility to physical decay.


Mystery of the empty tomb

2 June 2010 12:00 am

John Henry Newman was an electrifying personality who has attracted numerous biographers and commentators.

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

2 June 2010 12:00 am

Two hundred years ago Jeremy Bentham wrote a tract which purported to demonstrate that the Christian religion was in effect manufactured by St Paul and not by Jesus.


Not every aspect pleases

2 June 2010 12:00 am

Half a century ago I read W. G. Hoskins’s book, The Making of the English Landscape, when it first came out. It was for me an eye-opener, as it was for many people.


Crying in the wilderness

12 May 2010 12:00 am

For 30 years Alastair Crooke was ostensibly a British diplomat working in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Columbia and Pakistan.


The woman behind the god

12 May 2010 12:00 am

The emperor Augustus was the original god/father.


No earthly good

21 April 2010 12:00 am

Peter Hitchens writes a stern column most weeks in the Mail on Sunday.