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EDITOR'S CHOICE

Michael Mullett defines the Theses' role in the Lutheran Reformation.

Findings at a desert site in eastern Syria shed light on pagan, Jewish and early Christian religions.

Volume: 64 Issue: 7 2014

The French theologian died on May 27th, 1564.

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

The founder of the Baha'i religious movement proclaimed his vision on April 21st, 1863.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

The ruthless archbishop died on May 15th, AD 913.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

The relationship between religion and rationality was an intimate one in 17th-century England. Christopher J. Walker looks at the arguments and controversies of the time, which helped to forge a more open society.

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

Kate Cooper reassesses Brent Shaw’s 1994 article on women in the early Church, which reveals a key historical principle.

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

Modern paganism is an invented tradition, says Tim Stanley. So why is the Church of England offering it a helping hand?

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

Pilgrims were a lucrative source of income for the Church and miracles did not come free. Adrian Bell and Richard Dale discover some striking parallels with modern marketing tactics in the management of shrines in the Middle Ages.

Volume: 63 Issue: 1 2013

Though Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, the influence of St Columba on Scottish Christianity remains profound. Ian Bradley examines the Celtic evangelist’s legacy 1,450 years after his arrival on the Hebridean island of Iona.

Volume: 63 Issue: 7 2013

Atheism today is widely perceived to be the opposite of spirituality. This assumption is turned on its head when we look at the neglected origins of the Victorian ‘non-believing’ movement, epitomised by the controversial freethinker, William Stewart Ross, says Alastair Bonnett. 

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

In the 1800s Rome became a microcosm for great power rivalries. E.L. Devlin describes a case of ambassadorial privilege that caused controversy between the papacy and the king of France.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

Modern secularists often paint a naive view of the medieval church. The reality was far more complex, argues Tim Stanley.

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 2012

Today, choosing a new Archbishop of Canterbury is a relatively straightforward process. It was not always so, as Katherine Harvey explains.

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 2012

Jos Damen tells the stories of two unusual men who lived a century apart in the Dutch colony at Elmina in West Africa; a poet who became a tax inspector and a former slave who argued that slavery did not contradict ideas of Christian freedom.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

Christian apocalyptic literature and ecological predictions both anticipate the end of the world. Are they born of the same tradition, asks Jean-François Mouhot?

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

Often portrayed as a paragon of Christian virtue, the real King Arthur was an embarrassment to the Church, writes Simon Andrew Stirling.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

US presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a Mormon, which is a problem for some voters. But, says Andrew Preston, so was the Catholicism of John F. Kennedy and it did not stop him winning the 1960 election.

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 2012

When Richard II succeeded his grandfather, Edward III, he turned to alchemy to create a more pious ideal of kingship. Though his reign ended in failure, it left us one of medieval England’s most enduring and complex images. Jonathan Hughes explores its symbolism.

Volume: 62 Issue: 12 2012

As Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years on the throne, Ian Bradley looks at the fundamentally religious nature of monarchy and the persistence of its spiritual aspects in a secular age.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

Richard Cavendish remembers the assassination of Caliph Ali, on January 24th, 661.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

Though it is immersed in the theological ideas of the Middle Ages, the cosmology of Dante’s Divine Comedy is sophisticated, sceptical and tolerant, argues James Burge.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

The innocence of France’s Captain Dreyfus – a Jewish officer incarcerated on Devil’s Island after he was accused of spying for Germany – has long been established. But was there a real traitor? And what part did Oscar Wilde play in the murky affair? Nigel Jones investigates.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

Richard Cavendish describes Edward the Confessor's canonisation, on January 5th, 1161.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

Richard Wilkinson argues against the prevailing orthodoxy.

Issue: 69 2011

A monarch’s divine ability to cure scrofula was an established ritual when James I came to the English throne in 1603. Initially sceptical of the Catholic characteristics of the ceremony, the king found ways to ‘Protestantise’ it and to reflect his own hands-on approach to kingship, writes Stephen Brogan.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

Outremer, the crusader kingdom, and its capital Jerusalem entered a golden age during the 1130s. Simon Sebag Montefiore portrays its extraordinary cast of kings, queens, conquerors and criminals.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

The linguistic legacy of the King James Bible is immense. But, David Crystal discovers, it is not quite the fount of common expressions that many of its admirers believe it to be.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

A sea voyage in the 12th century was a perilous undertaking, as a Spanish Muslim courtier’s account of his crossing of the Mediterranean demonstrates. Yet, explains David Abulafia, it was also a test of one’s religious devotion, whether Muslim or Christian.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

One of the last popes to play a major role in international affairs, Innocent XI defied Louis XIV, the Sun King, and played a decisive part in the defence of Christianity against the spread of Islam under the auspices of the Ottoman empire, as Graham Darby explains.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

Though their appeal seems bizarre to the modern mind, relics and reliquaries reflected an entirely logical system of belief bound up in the medieval worldview, explains James Robinson, curator of a new exhibition at the British Museum.

Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011

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