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Labour Party Leadership Election 2010

I keep having to look up the results of the Labour leadership election in order to remind colleagues...

Contest of Names

It is the Super Bowl on Sunday and once again one of the delights of the event is the names of some ...

Second-Guessing Chilcot

The Independent today publishes an eight-page pull-out called The Iraq Report by my good colleague A...

Radicaliser-in-chief: Abu Hamza was ‘the godfather of British jihadism’

My war on terror and Abu Hamza: Reda Hassaine on battling Islamic extremism

For two decades, Reda Hassaine has been working alongside security services. Here, in an exclusive extract from his new book, he reveals his frustration about being ignored in the aftermath of 9/11 and his grim satisfaction at the forthcoming sentencing of Abu Hamza, who he helped to convict

Population decline in religiously sceptical European countries combined with rapid population growth in central Africa could see a resurgence of Christianity

Steve Jones at the Hay Festival: Falling birth rates in Europe and rising ones in Africa could spell decline in atheism

A combination of surging population growth in Christian Africa and population decline in Europe could signal the decline of atheism, a world-renowned geneticist has claimed.

Canonised: Pope John Paul II

You don't have to be a saint to be a saint

You don't have to be all that saintly to be a saint, as even Catholic clerics attest. But then, argues Peter Stanford canonisation has long been more about politics than purity

Cup fever: the goblet that two Spanish historians claim is the Holy Grail

Why the Holy Grail is the ultimate unattainable object

Two Spaniards say that they have found the goblet used by Christ at the Last Supper. So is the ultimate treasure hunt finally over? Simon Usborne reports

In good faith: Imam Asis in Afghanistan

Muslims in the armed forces: A proud tradition

The increasing number of Islamic recruits in our forces believe that there is no contradiction between being a Muslim and joining the British military

Founding father: Fred Phelps Snr

Fred Phelps Sr: 'on the edge of death'

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing the funerals of gay people and soldiers. Now its founder is apparently on his death bed.

A packed Westminster cathedral

The Francis Factor: Why worshippers are returning to Catholic churches

Former altar boy John Walsh explains just what it is the lapsed are returning to

Stentwood Farm in Devon, Twelve Tribes’ UK base

'It is our right to use the willow cane': Inside the Twelve Tribes Christian fundamentalist sect at centre of childcare controversy

The Twelve Tribes movement has been rocked by a child abuse scandal in Germany. But is the sect simply misunderstood? Jamie Merrill visits its British redoubt to find out

Britain is 'losing the plot' because its increasingly secular society has led to a breakdown of trust affecting marriage, child poverty and the economy, the outgoing Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks has said

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: Lack of faith means Britain is ‘losing the plot’

Jewish religious leader blames increasing secularisation for breakdown of institutions

Atheist defends critical focus on Islam

Sam Harris, the prominent atheist, has hit back at charges of Islamophobia levelled by fellow non-believers – insisting that some faiths are more "mistaken" than others.

The shadow Health Secretary wants the Catholic Church to remember its commitment to social justice

Keep the faith, Andy Burnham tells NHS and Church

For this former altar boy, politics and religion are both about social justice

The Meaningful Chocolate Company, a company “passionate about ethical trading and faith”, has produced the eggs for three years

Easter eggs: what would Jesus eat?

It feels like the Anglican Church has given up railing against the lost meaning of Easter eggs – it’s sponsored its own.

The Meaningful Chocolate Company, a company “passionate about ethical trading and faith”, has produced the eggs for three years

Easter eggs: what would Jesus eat?

It feels like the Anglican Church has given up railing against the lost meaning of Easter eggs – it’s sponsored its own.

The Church Of The Immaculate Conception in Mayfair

Time to start believing? Archbishop to open formal dialogue with gay Catholics

Charlotte Philby attends a new Mass for the LGBT community – and finds two sides singing from the same hymn sheet

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