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

Three Greek Lessons About God — Part Three: Corinth

After being inspired by the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey video game, guest writer Chris Flux visited Greece in October to check out some of the ancient sites in Athens, Corinth and Delphi. At each location Chris learnt more about history and the Christian faith. This three-part mini-series is about how the three locations deepened Chris’ understanding

Spectator demolishes Dawkins and the ‘New Atheists’

The UK-based Christian evangelist Glen Scrivener, who travels around the country a lot, is frequently told, “I don’t believe in God.” To which his usual reply is, “Tell me which God you don’t believe in.” Scrivener’s response to this oft-proffered opening gambit exposes the set of unfounded assumptions with which atheists often approach (and try

Özil, my hero of the week

One football match that still gives me nightmares is a blasé England team’s 4-1 demolition by a far superior Germany side in South Africa in 2010. The memories of Matthew Upson’s inability to cope with Germany’s attacking pace, England’s badly-channelled righteous fury on emerging for the second half after the famous Frank Lampard “ghost goal,”