‘If God is set aside, all of Western thinking going back to Plato and Aristotle and the Church fathers who adapted their thinking to Christianity is also eliminated.’ File photograph: Will Burgess/Reuters

What would western civilisation be like had Christianity never materialised? China may provide a clue. Here is a land where there’s no reference to G(...)

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We meet the cousins tomorrow. In Yokohama. Seems a long way to go to meet the cousins. But this is the Rugby World Cup and we are talking Scotland. (...)