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Friend and neighbour

George Austin uncovers more Catholic connections in Shaekespeare's Warwickshire neighbourhood A year after returning to Stratford, William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. She was already pregnant – not at all unusual in those days. Anne was the eldest daughter of Richard [...]

Good egg emperor

Paganism eliminates the common beliefs and values which are essential for unity. Hugh Baker continues his jeremiad against the insidious effects of a pagan society One of the unexpected bonuses of our present involvement in Iraq has been the number [...]

First comes marriage

Jennifer Roback Morse reflects on recent events in America to reaffirm the principle that no one has a right to a child In California, an infertility clinic with a policy of artificially inseminating only married women is being sued by [...]

Catholic anarchist

Alan Edwards reminisces on the late Fr Gresham Kirkby A bottle of Bells emptied and a goodly proportion of Sankey & Moody’s hymnbook sung. The agenda for my first meeting, nearly fifty years ago, with Fr Gresham Kirkby, Anglican papalist, [...]

Apocryphal reading

Anthony Gelston points out that the CofE has allowed misplaced Protestant scruple to constrict our liturgical reading of Scripture All English Bibles contain the books of the Old and New Testaments, while many also contain the books called either Apocryphal [...]

The Real Thing

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Simple hand gestures

David Nichol continues the discussion about the presbyters' laying on of hands at ordination services and insists that it cannot be allowed to become a bogus symbol of unity in a fractured church There is a cloud like a (wo)man’s [...]

Headship scriptural

Jonathan Frais is aware that the arguments about the headship of man are not popular neither are they properly understood within the church but they are, he insists, entirely scriptural Thank you for letting the Bishop of Dudley outline his [...]

Deadly holiness

The death of Uzzah teaches us important lessons about holiness and worship Patrick Henry Reardon is a Senior Editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity One of the stories that have proved troubling to students of holy Scripture over [...]

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