It’s time the BBC died

I have always, until very recently, been a passionate supporter of the BBC TV licence. I believed that the licence fee was a price well worth paying for TV and radio programming that was intelligent, impartial, and not beholden to commercial interests. My trust, however, in the BBC’s output has been steadily eroding for a

Life begins at conception, according to Tertullian (c. 145—220 A.D.)

The North African Christian theologian Tertullian’s treatise On the Resurrection of the Flesh is rewarding reading. In its sixteenth chapter we have an early testimony to the Judaeo-Christian belief that life begins at conception. On the Resurrection of the Flesh, written around A.D. 208, was written to counter the position of the various schools of

Is religion the cause of all wars?

The argument is often put forward by atheists that “religion is the cause of all wars.” On at least two occasions I’ve had this very thing said to me. But is it really true? Come, let us reason together. Firstly, let us consider the assertion itself. “Religion is the cause of all wars.” As aphorisms

Views of the afterlife in the ancient world, d’après Tertullian

In the opening chapter of his treatise ‘On the Resurrection of the Flesh,’ the Christian writer Tertullian (c. 145—220 A.D.) gives us a brief survey of the views prevalent in his day concerning the afterlife. The range of views — Christian and pagan — which he presents still sounds surprisingly modern. On the Resurrection of

Spectator: ‘Je ne suis plus Charlie’

It’s five years this month since the shooting-up by Islamic terrorists of the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris which left twelve people dead and eleven people injured. Following the attack on 7 January 2015, a million people marched through Paris in solidarity with the magazine and those killed in the attack, many bearing banners proclaiming

Dracula’s atheist writers acknowledge Western debt to Christianity

Given that it is still fashionable for the literati of Western society to regard Christians as imbeciles, it was refreshing to hear the writers of the BBC and Netflix’s Dracula, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, who describe themselves as “a couple of ageing atheists,” acknowledge the genuine value of Christianity both as a rational faith

Trevor Phillips: BBC ‘digging its own grave’ with its liberal bias

The BBC was the object of accusations of bias from both sides of the political spectrum during the recent General Election campaign, both the Conservatives and Labour accusing the corporation of political bias against them. Boris has even threatened the BBC with decriminalization of non-payment of the TV licence. Whilst I am not convinced of