Latest Issue

Naught for Your Comfort: Religion, Politics and Conscience

From Tim Farron to Jacob Rees-Mogg, religion is back in the political spotlight. In this essay, John Milbank explores the place of religion in today's politics: are certain issues beyond debate? Should there be such a thing as a conscious vote? And does secular democracy disallow religious sentiment altogether?

By John Milbank  

The Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, The Crypt Chapel, of the House of Commons.

Tim Farron was recently forced to resign as leader of the Liberal Democrats because of his alleged views on homosexuality. Even more recently, pundits have suggested that Jacob Rees-Mogg could not possibly lead the Conservative party, because of his orthodoxly Catholic opposition both to gay marriage and to all forms of abortion.

What is really at stake here? Is it simply a question of the limits of what an elected politician may publicly espouse or…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect