This week’s book reviews

This week’s book reviews

The Secular State Under Siege Christian Joppke Polity, pb, £17.99   Religion in Britain Grace Davie Wiley, pb, £21.99 It wasn’t meant to be this way. Religion was meant, if not to completely disappear, at least to lose influence as a victim of the unstoppable march of secularisation. Instead we have had the ‘revenge of […]

The English and Anglicanism today

The English and Anglicanism today

Paul Richardson Responding to the 2011 census figures that showed Christianity in Britain is declining at a faster rate than previously thought, a Church of England spokesman said that church attendance figures remain stable and that the ‘committed worshipping centre of the Church remains firm’. He attributed the decline reflected in the census to the […]

nside the mind of the religious converts

by Paul Richardson Analysis of the barbarous killing on the streets of Woolwich and of the shocking bombings at the Boston marathon has followed a similar pattern. In asking why Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Michael Adebolajo (pictured) and Michael Adebowale were led to behave as they did, attention has focussed on links to extremist […]

Finding a good outcome for Syria

Finding a good outcome for Syria

It is difficult to see a good outcome to the Syrian crisis or to feel optimistic about next month’s international conference. Over 100,000 people have died in the conflict and some estimates say that one quarter of the population has been made homeless. Neighbouring countries are struggling to deal with the refugees. Religious divisions have […]

Obama and the direction for Israel

Obama and the direction for Israel

25Obama’s foreign policy agenda for his second term is clear. The nomi- nation of Chuck Hagel as Defence Secretary confirms a pattern that has been evident for some time. America is not going to start a war with Iran over nuclear weapons; it America wants to leave is unlikely to intervene in Syria Afghanistan. The […]

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