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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…

The world unites to tackle climate change

The world unites to tackle climate change

Twenty-four years after she left office, the spirit of Margaret Thatcher was invoked in front of a gathering of world leaders last week by the current British Prime Minister. David…

How can Christians help to bring peace in the Holy Land?

How can Christians help to bring peace in the Holy Land?

By Sir Vincent Fean Jerusalem the Golden is sacred to three great religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Today, it is not a happy place: the Israel/Palestine conflict provokes so much…

The rise of European crime drama

The rise of European crime drama

Television crime drama has come a long way since the magnolia simplicity and warmth of Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green. Driven forward by popular series such as Wallander, Scandinavian-made…

Understanding the result of the referendum

Understanding the result of the referendum

In the end the betting odds were a better guide to the outcome of the Scottish Referendum than the opinion polls. No doubt the experts will spend a lot of…

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