NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2010
REGULARS 5 Editorial Unfaithful 6 Parish news 9 Yours sceptically Readers’
letters 49 Chris Maslanka’s Quiz 50 Endgame Laurie Taylor drowns in compliments
FEATURES 10 WhowonthePopewars? The Papal Visit pitted protesters against pilgrims. Paul Sims assesses the outcome 13 If you can’t beat them...
Francis Beckett proposes a humanist state school. Rabbi Jonathan Romain opposes 16 Faith in schools?
Religious belief is making a comeback in our schools. Should we be concerned? asks Jim Mulligan 20 Interview: Simon Heffer
Telegraph thunderer Simon Heffer reveals to Laurie Taylor what it’s like being right 24 Heathens greetings
Stephanie Merritt examines the rise of godless comedy 28 Antichrist Jonathan
Rée is delighted by Nietzsche 32 What’s the big deal?
Sally Feldman bluffs her way through a history of card games 35 Against humanism
Dowereally need another “ism”, asks MaryMidgley 40 People get ready A
new photography exhibition provides a route-map of AfroModernism. Kobena Mercer gets it in focus
Religion goes back to school
Wouldyou support a faithless academy?
Nietzsche: punk philosopher
8 Diary What did the Romans really do for us? Natalie Haynes explains 12 Opinion IsabelHiltonon
Tibet’s search for asecular alternative to theDalaiLama 23 Chown’s Cosmos Why is there a hexagon on the north pole of Saturn? 27 Q&A Nobel Prize-winning chemist Harry Kroto BOOK REVIEWS
44 Stephen Howe decodes
Anthony Appiah 45 Owen Hatherley onanovel view of theManics 46 MaxHoughtonisimpressedby
SusieLinfield’s wideangle 47 Poem“Isabel’sCorrido”by
MartínEspada 48 Louise Foxcroft the dirty secrets of ’50s London 49 Andrew Mueller explodes the myths of management
It just wouldn’t beChristmas without some godless comedy and science some godless comedy and science