In praise of holy fools
In celebration of the feast day of our patron saint, Simon Jenkins muses on holy fools, ancient and modern
Reporting yourself to the Inquisition
The story of a soldier who turned himself in to the religious police is tweeted by an historian
Eccentrics, nutters, prodigals and rogues
Three splendid specimens from Fergus Butler-Gallie's celebrated Field Guide to the English Clergy.
A Christian in Hell Fire Corner
Huw Spanner recently came across letters from the Western Front, written by his great-uncle, a devout evangelical Christian.
A cold case from zero AD
A chance discovery in a secondhand bookshop opens up a history of books where the resurrection goes on trial
Why Halloween should be part of the church year
First the church tried to subvert it, then sanitize it, but why not try embracing Halloween?
Boris Johnson’s everlasting agenda
Simon Parke spins the hamster wheel psyche of Boris Johnson, in an interview from 2004
In the days of rain
In an extract from her book, In the Days of Rain, Rebecca Stott unpicks a crisis in the world of the Exclusive Brethren
Queer and Catholic
Mark Dowd talks about the beginning of his 'life of contradiction' in an extract from his memoir, Queer and Catholic
Getting a visitors’ eye-view of church
Anne Richards asks: How can churches welcome people so they don’t end up feeling invisible and lonely?