Culture and Review

  • 2 Jun 2010

    Beyond the raw facts of the bruised and bloodied bodies, and the grief of those mourning the loss of loved ones, says Gordon Lynch, the unfolding story of the Israeli navy’s assault on the Gaza aid flotilla has wider symbolic significance.

  • 27 May 2010

    Though the pursuit of bodily perfection is a global phenomenon, says Jeremy Biles, its roots may lie partly in American religion.

  • 26 May 2010

    The ConLib Queen's Speech, setting out the coalition's legislative programme for government looks pale and unambitious compared to the version Green Party leader and MP Caroline Lucas has offered to Channel 4 News.

  • 19 May 2010

    Behind the tasks of politics, religion, philosophy and science lie abiding concerns about human nature and destiny, says Michael Meacher. In his new book, while eschewing conventional faith, he explains why he thinks life and humanity are full of purpose.

  • 23 Apr 2010

    To question the sacralized version of violent history and ‘salvation’ embodied in the ANZAC weekend celebrations in Australia and New Zealand is to risk being accused of ‘blasphemy’ and causing great offence, says Jarrod McKenna. Yet Christians have to risk offending in order to witness to the nonviolent overcoming we encounter and are changed by in Christ’s cross, and to point a better way forward for humanity.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    Green Party leader Caroline Lucas hopes to become the first of many Green MPs at the 2010 General Election. She is standing in Brighton Pavilion and is currently a Member of the European Parliament for the South East England region. Third Way's Huw Spanner talked to her back in 2005.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    Nick Clegg has made unprecedented waves as a result of his appearance in the first ever UK election Leaders' TV Debate. Here Simon Barrow probes him on his beliefs, religion, Europe, his political creed and more.

  • 17 Apr 2010

    The Western understanding of Iraq and the impact of post-war conditions on Iraqi minorities, not least Christians, is often woefully ignorant, says Harry Hagopian. But the BBC is to be commended for a recent radio programme examining the 'hidden conflict' in the troubled country.

  • 10 Apr 2010

    A statue of the Virgin Mary that part-survived the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki is to be exhibited in New York ahead of an international non-proliferation conference.

  • 6 Apr 2010

    From Pope Pius IX to Benedict XVI, the Vatican now has online 142 years of documents, including unofficial texts relating to the period during the Second World War.