SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Editor's Picks
August 06, 2020
Andrew Cusack
In his 14 years at Westminster Cathedral, Canon Christopher Tuckwell became a fixture of the Catholic world, his booming voice and sturdy presence bringing consolation to many. From afar his solidity could give the false impression of someone in danger of being boring, but Canon Tuckwell was anything but. A master of the raised eyebrow,
August 06, 2020
Charles Coulombe
In the collective imagination of the Anglosphere, Robin Hood is second only to King Arthur in the hold he has on the public mind. The idea of the Merry Men living in self-constructed freedom “all under the merry greenwood tree” in Sherwood Forest – robbing the rich and helping the poor and staying loyal to
August 06, 2020
Eduard Habsburg
The Habsburgs By Martyn Rady Allen Lane, 416pp/£20.80 If you are a young Habsburg in school and the topic of the Habsburg family arises – as it quite often does, believe me – the history teacher will look at you and say something like: “But obviously, Mr Habsburg, you would know that.” The entire class
August 06, 2020
Archbishop John Wilson
A delinquent and wastrel; a murderer executed for his crime. Surely a bad example? Well, yes, if you ignore his conversion. “In five hours I shall see Jesus,” said Jacques Fesch shortly before he was guillotined in October 1957, aged 27. Seven last words that signpost redemption. Is it possible to find Christ and change?
July 10, 2020
Matthew Schmitz
Across the West, a new religious movement is unfolding. This “Great Awokening” professes high ideals in terms that are dangerous to dispute. Anyone who declines to “believe all women” will appear sexist. Anyone who dissents from the movement’s account of racism will appear to deny that “black lives matter”. A few weeks ago, at a
July 10, 2020
Abbot Hugh Allan
Empty shelves, a shortage of essential goods, not being able to travel easily; such has been the lockdown experience in the UK. For the parishes on the islands of the South Atlantic, however, such things are a normal part of life. Travelling around the island parishes, what I have learnt above all is to abandon
July 10, 2020
Edward Feser
That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation By David Bentley Hart Yale University Press, 222pp, £20/$26 Eastern Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart denies that hell is everlasting. He does not merely claim that we have grounds for hope for the salvation of all. Nor does he hold that the unsaved will be
July 10, 2020
Sohrab Ahmari
In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus warned his disciples that some Gospel seed would fall to waste among thorns. Suffocating “cares, riches and pleasures” (Luke 8:14) are inevitable in every time and place, a temptation in every life. But what if an entire civilisation becomes a vast bed of thorns that would choke the
July 10, 2020
Sr Carino Hodder
Ecclesiastes is not the first place one might look in the Bible for an inspiringly positive message. “All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full,” says the Preacher, “all things are wearisome” (Eccl 1:7). Yet St Thomas Aquinas found in this verse a metaphor for humanity’s exalted place within Creation: the
July 07, 2020
William Cash
This July was meant to have seen the return to Canterbury of a major relic: the blood-splattered tunicle (shirt) reputedly worn by Archbishop Thomas Becket at his murder. It would have been a fitting way to mark the 800th anniversary of the “Translation” of Becket’s bones from the crypt to a magnificent shrine in the
June 12, 2020
Aris Roussinos
While the coronavirus has put our lives, as individuals and families, on hold, it is acting as an acc­elerant in global politics. Trends that would have taken decades to play out will now take months, as the virus courses through the veins of the world system searching out morbidities to latch onto and amplify. Like
June 12, 2020
Maurice Glasman
I have discovered in my life that there are many forms of isolation, confusion and loss. While I reflect on parental death, marital breakdown and estranged friendships as the most intense, there is a competitor. It is a particular form of academic crisis. One moment stands out. I was studying for my PhD at the