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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.

Great Works: Nude Girl (1909-10) by Gwen John

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Canon Keith Weston: Bible expositor known as one of the finest of his generation

Keith Weston, rector of St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, was widely regarded as one of the foremost Bible expositors of his generation. He played a vital part in an ambitious plan by the then Inter-Varsity Fellowship (now UCCF) to see Bible-teaching churches in all UK and Irish university towns. Weston's twofold ministry was to allow scripture to inform the thinking of his church members in whatever sphere they served, and to raise up other preachers who would do the same.

Happy clappy: The plastic grin on Gavin Creel’s Elder Price, left, makes him look like a living cartoon

Theatre review: The Book of Mormon - Lord, they move in hilarious ways

Despite the hype, the South Park duo's satirical musical swipe at the Church of Latter-Day Saints doesn't disappoint ... and that's gospel truth

Moustapha Akkad, left, with Anthony Quinn during filming of The Message in 1976

Prophet of Islam: Mohamed gets the biopic treatment

Two directors are undertaking the delicate task of making films about the Prophet of Islam

Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis is both a continuation of the past and also something very different for the future

Whatever end of the spectrum they stand in, most Catholics know their church is in trouble. Pope Francis may just be the miracle they've been waiting for

A shift in the Vatican? If you believe the Pope is retiring, you’ll believe anything

Plus, the so-called "Friends of Syria" have taken the worst of all possible courses

The posters were a pun on a similar campaign run by the gay rights group Stonewall which used the slogan: “Some people are gay, get over it”.

'Gay cure' group takes TfL to court over banned advert

A Christian group who believe gay men and women can be “cured” of their homosexual leanings is taking London Underground to court over an advert that was banned from the city’s buses and trains.

Editorial: A resignation that could do Catholicism a favour

In this fast-moving world, it is not every day that something happens that has not happened for almost six centuries. Yet when Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation yesterday, he was the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII, who left office in quite different circumstances, to end a schism. In his letter, Pope Benedict said that he was departing because of his age and declining health.

Christianity is not the problem. The Bible is.

Despite the Church of England receiving so much criticism in recent months, the issue of the Bible's relevance to the modern world is yet to be addressed

Jerome Taylor: Religious freedom is not an absolute right

At the heart of this  legal and moral debate is the question of  competing rights

Strong-arm tactics vs misplaced niceties: how  the legislation was sunk

In the immediate aftermath of last night’s shock vote at the General Synod, supporters of women bishops gathered in St Matthew’s, an ornate Victorian church just a stone’s throw from the hall where their campaign to rid the Church of institutional sexism had come crashing to a halt.

Church of England General Synod votes against women bishops despite late plea from next Archbishop of Canterbury

Draft measure falls at last hurdle, failing to gain majority among lay members of the General Synod

Editorial: A decision that leaves the Church in the past

The CofE will have less credibility after the rejection of women bishops

Editorial: An Archbishop and a curate's egg

It is a matter of some irony that the Church of England – a body which would outline the parameters of a moral life – sets such a poor example in its own affairs. The selection of a new Archbishop of Canterbury has been a shambolic affair, fraught with leaks and flurries of clandestine betting from individuals ready to preach to others about respect, integrity and the evils of avarice. High up the agenda of Justin Welby (if he is, as expected, elevated from the bishopric of Durham today) must be ensuring a more dignified and transparent method of choosing his own successor.

Priority one for the next Archbishop of Canterbury: Get the books in holy order

As the next Archbishop of Canterbury in all but name made his way into the Houses of Parliament, a police officer made a point of congratulating him on his new post. The response of Bishop Justin Welby was to laugh and raise his hands self-deprecatingly in defence.

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