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Stephen Bates

Stephen Bates

    Deep Read: Did Jesus really have a wife?
    Deep Read: Did Jesus really have a wife?
    Speculation that Jesus Christ might have married is an ancient one and, however often theologians and historians throw cold water over the idea, it...
    Bad sex, worse text
    Bad sex, worse text
    The first thing that arises out of the nominations for this year's bad sex awards -- the excruciating writing highlighted by the Literary...
    War wasn't hell for Heller
    War wasn't hell for Heller
    Fans of Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22 may be surprised to learn that the American author actually enjoyed his military service during...
    Pope's shuffle thin end of a long wedge
    Pope's shuffle thin end of a long wedge
    When Pope Benedict XVI sat down with German journalist Peter Seewald at the papacy's summer residence a few months ago, he probably never imagined...
    Facing the media pack
    Facing the media pack
    When he went down from Oxford for the Christmas holiday Bilawal Bhutto was just another undergraduate fresher, posting his picture at a Halloween...
    Archbishop: Stop teaching creationism
    Archbishop: Stop teaching creationism
    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has stepped into the controversy between religious fundamentalists and scientists by saying that he...
    Archbishops threaten split
    Archbishops threaten split
    Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, faced the gravest threat to his authority as leader of the worldwide Anglican communion on Wednesday...
    Guarding against change
    Guarding against change
    The extraordinary scenes in Rome after the death of Pope John Paul II disguised the problems that his successor, Joseph Ratzinger — now...
    Portuguese cardinal is papal dark horse
    Portuguese cardinal is papal dark horse
    As hopes that the next pope will come from Africa were increasingly dismissed as unlikely last week, and Nigeria's Cardinal Francis Arinze was...
    Bishop spurns Aids cash
    Bishop spurns Aids cash
    An African bishop has announced that he will not accept more than $350 000 of funding to help Aids victims in his area because it comes from an...
    Charity is not in Anglicans' lexicon
    Charity is not in Anglicans' lexicon
    The eyes of the Anglican world, Christianity's third-largest denomination, were last week focused on an agreeable Victorian Italianate mansion in...
    Church split over gay bishop widens
    Church split over gay bishop widens
    North American bishops will cut off funds from the Anglican Church in Africa if they are disciplined for supporting the election of a gay bishop....