Towards the end of this illuminating book, Larry Siedentop describes a fourteenth century battle between two Christian monastic orders. The Dominicans and the Franciscans were mendicant orders, begging monks who had abandoned the comforts of the cloisters to preach among the poor.
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Thursday 23 January 2014
A light-hearted play about Christianity written almost 20 years ago is at the centre of an “astonishing” censorship row after performances were cancelled by councillors in Northern Ireland who deemed it “blasphemous”.
Thursday 02 January 2014
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Friday 15 November 2013
We like to think of ourselves as better than giving in to our animal urges
Christians are considered 'homophobic' and 'misogynistic' by some says former Archbishop of Canterbury
Tuesday 15 October 2013
Rowan Williams said Christians can at times face 'petty harassment' if they announce their faith
Sunday 06 October 2013
Speech seen as effort at modernising a growing religion with a history of squashing dissent
Friday 30 August 2013
In its earliest centuries, the religion of outcasts and rebels had women at its heart
Friday 09 August 2013
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Wednesday 17 July 2013
Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner was hit last year but Yemen branch has just announced death
Friday 12 July 2013
A lifetime's practice of poetry equips James, as translator and interpreter, to scale this summit
Wednesday 19 June 2013
His canonisation is likely to be on 20 October, just after the 35th anniversary of his election
Tuesday 28 May 2013
Is there a modern version of hell that avoids the medieval image of demons thrusting the souls of the damned into hellfire? Indeed there is. In Catholic circles, hell is defined as an eternity spent in the absence of God.
Tuesday 07 May 2013
Why is he back in the news?
Sunday 05 May 2013
Kierkegaard's work encompasses, philosophy, psychology, literary criticism, fiction and theology
Tuesday 23 April 2013
Pope John Paul II could be canonised by October, eight years after his death, according to Vatican sources quoted in the Italian press that say the additional miracle required for his next step towards sainthood has already been identified.
Tuesday 16 April 2013
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
How climate change helped Genghis Khan: Scientists believe a sudden period of warmer weather allowed the Mongols to invade with such success
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