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  1. January 7, 2013

    ‘1624’ by Luis González Palma

    One of the perks of working at Sotheby’s is that you can keep works by your elbow for a certain time while you put them...

  2. November 20, 2012

    Ferdinand Hodler: View to Infinity, Neue Galerie, New York

    Ferdinand Hodler is one of those artists who have been lazily marginalised by history because they don’t slot neatly into a...

  1. March 2, 2012

    Backyard secret

    The Death of Bees, by Lisa O’Donnell, William Heinemann £12.99 No dead bees but there are two dead parents, buried in the...

  2. beyondbrics

    February 28, 2012

    Chávez: everything okay (again)

    It’s déjà vu all over again for Venezuela-watchers. Last June, President Hugo Chávez announced that he was suffering from...

  3. February 10, 2012

    Anything goes

    The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society, by Brad S Gregory, Harvard University Press,...

  4. December 16, 2011

    Perfectly formed

     Da Vinci’s Ghost: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Famous Drawing, by Toby Lester, Profile, RRP£16.99, 320 pages Given...

  5. August 29, 2011

    Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Everyone knows what Jesus looked like: chestnut hair cascading around a slender face, thin lips, and bright, rapturous eyes....

  6. June 22, 2011

    Why this focus on Romney’s faith?

    From Ms Susan Sims. Sir, On reading your article “Romney leads race to take on Obama” (June 14), I noticed it carried two...

  7. March 13, 2010

    Tracking Trujillo’s conquistadors

    The castle overlooking Trujillo In the Plaza Mayor of Trujillo, a town of birdsong and violence, some teenagers had spotted...

  8. January 2, 2010

    Christians myth their chance

    All but buried beneath consumption (up this year) and entertainment (more this year), the Christian myth struggled for...

  9. December 23, 2009

    James Tissot’s higher society

    ‘The Adoration of the Shepherds’, watercolour from the ‘Life of Christ’ cycle painted between 1886-94 In 1885 James Tissot,...

  10. October 23, 2009

    Gruesome motifs of Christian suffering

    Detail from ‘Dead Christ’ (1625-30) by Gregorio Fernández In a global art world, cultural tourism rarely treads new ground;...

  11. August 19, 2009

    Korea's political brawler who tried to thaw ties with North

    Kim Dae-jung, South Korea's former leftist president who died yesterday at the age of 85, was a political brawler right to...

  12. August 8, 2009

    The Information: Rise of the trillion

    Different times call for different words. “Trillion” – signifying 1,000,000,000,000 – has come into everyday usage with the...

  13. May 4, 2009

    The Enemy of the Good

    The Enemy of the Good By Michael Arditti Arcadia £11.99, 498 pages FT Bookshop price: £9.59 The relationship between...

  14. December 29, 2008

    Thaïs, Teatro Regio, Turin

    Massenet’s Thaïs has never won the esteem of his Manon or Werther, and probably never will, but that doesn’t keep it out of...

  15. November 29, 2008

    The curse of literalism

    Last week I co-hosted a poetry evening in one of the last remaining artists’ studios in St John’s Wood, the leafy district...

  16. October 27, 2008

    The Fire Gospel

    The Fire Gospel By Michel Faber Canongate £12.99, 208 pages FT Bookshop price: £10.39 The Scottish publisher Canongate began...

  17. October 25, 2008

    In the crossfire

    The Scottish publisher Canongate began its ambitious Myths series three years ago with bold retellings by Jeanette...

  18. April 29, 2008

    The sacred and the mundane

    If all creativity is merely the rearrangement of existing material, then James MacMillan is truly a creative spirit. He...

  19. April 28, 2008

    The sacred and the mundane

    St John Passion/Requiem Barbican/Royal Festival Hall, London If all creativity is merely the rearrangement of existing...

  20. March 15, 2008

    Imitations of Christ

    What is the connection between a bunch of penguins in the Antarctic and a wardrobe leading into a wonderland? Or between a...

  21. December 24, 2007

    Huckabee defends citing Jesus

    Mike Huckabee refused to apologise yesterday for putting Christianity at the heart of his campaign for the Republican...

  22. December 23, 2007

    Huckabee puts religion at heart of campaign

    Mike Huckabee refused to apologise on Sunday for putting Christianity at the heart of his campaign for the Republican...

  23. December 22, 2007

    Pearls beyond price

    Travelling towards the highlands of Scotland on the M9 motorway, I can never drive past Stirling Castle, perched on its...

  24. November 30, 2007

    A plea to keep the holy out of Hollywood

    It is a funny old world, if you dare to laugh at it. Who could have predicted that, six years after the events of September...

  25. September 8, 2007

    Kenyan judges find new cross to bear

    Kenyan Christians have asked the High Court to declare the trial and death of Jesus Christ illegal, in an unusual case that...

  26. September 8, 2007

    Judges find new cross to bear

    Kenyan Christians have asked the High Court to declare the trial and death of Jesus Christ illegal, in an unusual case that...

  27. July 28, 2007

    Classical CDs & DVDs

    Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Salzburg Festival DG (2 DVDs) Here is a souvenir from the 2006 Salzburg Festival. There was no...

  28. FT Alphaville

    July 10, 2007

    "No bank...would survive the promised return of Christ"

    So says Ken Costa, the vice-chairman of investment banking at UBS, reports the FT’s people column. He has published a book...

  29. July 10, 2007

    God versus the Bank of England

    Investment bankers are not often thought to harbour religious beliefs, other than a desire to bow down before the altar of...

  30. June 30, 2007

    Michael Seed on how to become a Catholic

    On drawing people to the Church When I urge people to go to Mass I feel that I also have to give a health warning. I say...

  31. June 27, 2007

    The sweet allure of forbidden fruit

    Temptation is inescapable in Lucas Cranach's painting of Adam and Eve. The branches of the tree spreading above them are...

  32. April 7, 2007

    TELEVISION - KARL FRENCH

    Nicholas Ray's King of Kings BBC2 Saturday 2.00pm) goes head to head with The Passion of the Christ Channel 4 Sunday...

  33. January 5, 2007

    A kind of epiphany

    This is the 12th and last day of Christmas, the day of Epiphany, when, by tradition, the wise men presented the holy family...

  34. December 20, 2006

    Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ

    From Ms Monica Cooper. Sir, Whatever the origins of Christmas, and I contend that they are almost entirely pagan, it is now...

  35. December 16, 2006

    Music

    The Fiery Angel - BOOK NOW No director working in opera today fills me with a greater sense of anticipation than Richard...

  36. December 12, 2006

    Parish news

    The Parish mag carries an anguished piece from one complaining about the use of the word Xmas. We are not, it says,...

  37. November 27, 2006

    Turkey trip a test of faiths

    Few would seriously compare it to Daniel's experience in the lions' den, but the visit to Turkey on which Pope Benedict XVI...

  38. October 4, 2006

    Rules of Attraction

    The big shock in the unlovely Rules of Attraction (Channel 4 11.05pm) was and remains the appearance of James "Dawson" Van...

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