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  • First take a hard look at the facts

    People cannot make good democratic decisions on the basis of misinformation. This issue has long bedevilled the debate over immigration, where surveys find that the average person grossly over-estimates the number of people living in Britain but born abroad.

  • A debate that should not be silenced

    This week, the General Synod of the Church of England has finally made the ordination of women bishops its official policy. The first women bishops can be expected in a matter of months or less. Why is it then that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in Rome ...

  • Land divided by faith Jonathan Luxmoore

    There are signs that Turkey’s President Erdogan is seeking to appease Western critics with limited gestures to his country’s persecuted Christian minorities. Arriving in Ankara this week, Pope Francis will be able to judge the results for himself

  • The state we’re all in John Hills

    Popular notions of hard-working families forking out for benefit scroungers are well wide of the mark, argues the author of a new book, which shows that virtually everyone at some point in their lives needs government support

  • God on the brain Christopher Jamison

    Developments in our understanding of how the human mind works pose challenges to scientists and theologians about the role of religion and spirituality in our lives

  • Still suffer the little children Michelle Hough

    The United States is being criticised for its treatment of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors arriving in the country from Central America, 25 years after it and other governments worldwide adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • A life to cherish forever Katharine and David Bramley

    When a couple expecting their fourth child were told the baby could not survive outside the womb, they were offered an abortion – but refused. In carrying the baby, they learned how deep is love for lost infants

  • Force of nature Laura Gascoigne

    There is a long-standing rivalry between Brussels and Antwerp over ownership of the legacy of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) going back to the artist’s own day. When, after his return from Italy in 1608, Rubens was appointed court painter to the Archduke Albert and Archduchess Isabella