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The spiritual message of Monty the penguin

The spiritual message of Monty the penguin

Monty the penguin has been gracing our TV commercials in the run-up to Christmas this year. The loveable make-believe domestic pet has won the hearts of both children and adults…

An MP’s insulting and jarring comment

An MP’s insulting and jarring comment

There was something jarring about Tory MP Desmond Swayne’s sweeping claim that ISIL are acting no worse than Christians have throughout history. Swayne, a former aide to David Cameron, said…

Ukip Pope?

Ukip Pope?

Nigel Farage doesn’t miss a trick. He has seized on the Pope’s speech to the European Parliament to claim the Catholic Church is becoming pro-Ukip. “Even the bishops were wearing…

Why Richard Dawkins has a point…

Why Richard Dawkins has a point…

Richard Dawkins has a point – not much of one, I’ll grant you, but he has a point. There is something in the theory of evolution. The trouble is that,…

The appeal of the apocalyptic today

The appeal of the apocalyptic today

It is commonly said that the recruits who have flocked to the banner of the Islamic State do not really understand Islam. When it comes to the finer points of…

Women bishops: a challenge to their male brothers?

Women bishops: a challenge to their male brothers?

The Church of England has taken the final step towards consecrating bishops who are women, a logical consequence of the ordination of women. This is indeed an historic change in…

How to find your purpose in life

How to find your purpose in life

Have you found your purpose? Are you doing what you love? Do you feel that you are contributing to the world and that what you do is worthwhile? Hope so,…

The First World War: the Numbers

The First World War: the Numbers

One of the obvious responses to the artwork – the field of poppies situated around the Tower of London — is the sheer number of poppies. Each one represents a…

What’s the obsession with Russell Brand?

What’s the obsession with Russell Brand?

I have no idea why the commentariat of our national newspapers are so exercised by the political writings of the former comic Russell Brand, nor indeed why our national broadcaster,…

Back in the limelight

Back in the limelight

Not all the clerical limelight has been claimed in the past week by the Rev Richard Coles although he has received a good deal of it. You can’t keep a…

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