Tom Holland

The church that’s hosted the Virgin Mary, Benjamin Franklin and Hugh Grant

St Bartholomew the Great will celebrate its 900th birthday in 2023

By Tom Holland

Faith

Christmas anxieties are back

Christians worried about commercialism have decades-old company

By Tom Holland

Books

City of the Sphinx

Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece by Paul Cartledge reviewed

By Tom Holland

Media

Sugared with wit: How ‘Mr Spectator’ came to life

He was the ideal role model for a newly urban and commercial society

By Tom Holland

Book Review

Hostility to Islam has disguised a host of other prejudices

Faces of Muhammad: Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to Today by John Tolan reviewed

By Tom Holland

Faith

Thank God for western values

The debt of the contemporary West to Christianity is more deeply rooted than many assume

By Tom Holland

Politics

Decline and fall: why America always thinks it’s going the way of Rome

The many declines and falls of the American Empire

By Tom Holland

Film

Cynical, one-dimensional and oddly colourless: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom reviewed

Back in the mists of prehistory, when I was eight, dinosaur films followed a set pattern. The dinosaurs themselves would be cheerfully unpalaeontological; women would wear improbable outfits; volcanoes would explode. Then, in 1993, courtesy of Steven Spielberg, came a sea-change. Jurassic Park was that cinematic rarity: a science fiction film that succeeded in influencing […]

By Tom Holland

Books

How Christianity saw off its rivals and became the universal church

It thrived by killing off the opposition, says Bart Ehrman. But it also appealed to Rome’s enslaved masses

By Tom Holland

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