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Holy water consecrates Cameron's big society

05 Aug 2010

The coalition government's programme of cuts has in effect been blessed by a whole range of Christian denominations and groups, reports Eddie Ford

Women bishops and secularism

22 Jul 2010

Jim Gilbert examines the Anglican hierarchy's hypocrisy

Church on the ropes

01 Apr 2010

Pope Benedict XVI claims he is being targeted by a malicious smear campaign. Anne Mc Shane disagrees. The Catholic church is guilty of a criminal cover-up when it comes to child abuse

Pope's Irish child abuse letter met with walkouts

25 Mar 2010

Anne Mc Shane argues that Ireland needs not less but more secularism. The clerical state must go

Right to a dignified life - right to a dignified death

11 Feb 2010

The comfort and self-respect of the incurably ill and the dying must be ensured, writes Eddie Ford

Johnson's bans are an attack on us all

21 Jan 2010

Oppose the ban on Islam4UK, writes Eddie Ford

Church attempt to re-invent is an insult

17 Dec 2009

Anne Mc Shane looks at the beleaguered Catholic establishment

Jesus the communist

10 Dec 2009

Laurie McCauley reports on a meeting attended by Christians and communists

Child abuse, the church and the Irish state

03 Dec 2009

Anne Mc Shane reports on the child abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic church in Ireland. The case for a secular republic and confiscating the church’s property could not be stronger

Earthly core of misty creations

22 Oct 2009

Camilla Power addressed the CPGB's Communist University on the origins and evolution of religion. This is an edited version of her speech

Meat cleaver

28 Feb 2008

Esen Uslu responds to Phil Kent's criticisms

Not privileged nor persecuted

14 Feb 2008

Jim Moody examines the impact of Rowan Williams's words in a Britain that is far from secular, at least in terms of its constitution

Uses and abuses of Jesus

20 Dec 2007

Even in the 21st century Jesus is still a much prized figure. In this the second chapter of his new book Jack Conrad shows how Jesus has been used and abused by almost every political persuasion

The sigh of the oppressed

01 Feb 2007

Gerry Downing looks at the origins of monotheism and assesses the attitude of communists towards believers

Fantastic reality - Marxism and the politics of religion

14 Dec 2006

Religion is back with a vengeance. George Bush and the US christian right, holy Tony Blair and Britain's islamophobia, Russia's reinstalled orthodox church and India's saffron communalism, the toxic evangelicalism sweeping Africa and Latin America, Saudi Arabia's puritanical wahhabism and al Qa'eda's terrorism of spectacle, the Iranian theocracy and everywhere, it seems, the escape into the trench warfare of religious identity. But what is religion? In this extract from the introduction to his new book, Jack Conrad shows that the answer is not as straightforward as it might first appear