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But he was a wonderful writer and preacher: his Confessions ranks as one of the greatest books ever written

A Dance to the Music of Time ‘is just like life itself: the same people keep weaving their way in and out’

And yet if ever there was a need for rational argument, then now is the time

The BBC takes on the cold and the rain so you don’t have to

Under the leadership of Pope Benedict we have slowly regained our footing

Knowledge of the Bible gave Anglo-Saxon poetry its resonance and depth

The English settings I learnt at school seem to have disappeared entirely

If Gaddafi had followed this simple rule so many lives would have been spared

Protesting about the Pope coming to your city is appalling bad manners

It’s a myth that the Italian composer did not care about religion