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Evangelical Protestant preacher Pastor James McConnell outside Belfast Magistrates Court (PA)

Pastor James McConnell described Islam as ‘heathen’ and ‘Satanic’ in a sermon

Michel Houellebecq teaches about the consequences of hedonism. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Submission tells us a great deal about ourselves, and if we are to continue as we are, the future is hardly bright

A Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble in the Syrian city of Kobani (AP)

The road back to peace

The Middle East is more polarised along religious lines than ever before. Yet recent history shows the region can return to the enlightened tolerance it once enjoyed

Immune to shame: Trump at a rally this week (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Republican candidate seems to be immune to public shaming

St Teresa in Ecstasy by Bernini in the Cornaro Chapel in Rome's  Santa Maria della Vittoria (Wikipedia)

There are profoundly differing visions of God in the world, and these dictate the sort of societies that we have built for ourselves

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad (CNS)

Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad spoke at an international conference on Christian persecution in the world

Pastor James McConnell surrounded by Christian supporters after appearing at Belfast magistrates court  (Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire)

Fr Patrick McCafferty joins a London imam in defending right of firebrand preacher

Nissar Hussain, pictured before the latest attack

Nissar Hussain, who had to have surgery after the attack, has suffered persecution for ‘apostasy’ for many years

Flowers lay outside the Carillon cafe, a site of last Friday's attacks in Paris (AP)

Only Christianity can rescue Europe

Some have seized on attacks by Islamists to smear all religions by association. But the Christian faith can play a key role in awakening the West from its slumber

Benedict XVI meets Paul Batthi, centre, brother of Shahbaz Bhatti in 2011 (AP)

‘I see that Pakistan is changing,’ Dr Paul Bhatti has said