Other highlights of the often cheeky show, which runs until July 28, include a hologram of a shoe that turns into the burlesque star Dita Von Teese as well a series of Louboutin-sporting nudes shot by the American film director David Lynch. … [Read more...] about Wearing high heels frees women, says Christian Louboutin as he admits: ‘I don’t think about comfort when I design – people do not come to me for slippers’
Maybe this was true once. Maybe it was even true not so long ago. It feels as if some of it applied in the 1950s and early 1960s England of my youth. But it is not true now. Even the literature once central to English Protestantism – Paradise Lost and Pilgrim’s Progress – is now lost in the margins, still ardently admired by a minority, but overwhelmingly unknown to most, and for reasons that have nothing to do with supposed political correctness. … [Read more...] about How the Reformation sowed the seeds of Brexit
According to historians, Luther never intended his 95 theses – which may or may not actually have been nailed to the church doors – to spark a revolution. “He started by wanting reform. He never planned to split away from the Latin church; that wasn’t where it began,” said Bishop William Kenney, the Catholic co-chair of the international dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics, who will accompany the pope to Sweden. … [Read more...] about After 500 years of schism, will the rift of the Reformation finally be healed?
At a Becket symposium at Lambeth Palace, Nichols acknowledged that the relationship between church and state was always a point of tension. “St Thomas’s martyrdom reminds us what can happen when the state seeks to dominate religious belief and reshape it to its own ends, to its own selection of values. When observance of those particular values become absolute requirements then we are on a path of confrontation,” he said. … [Read more...] about Thomas Becket’s elbow to return to site of his murder in Canterbury
When most of us think of relics, we tend to picture holy objects such as Becket’s bone or the shroud of Turin. For those of us who aren’t religious, this association makes it easy to look askance at ceremonies such as the one taking place in England this week. Yet there are many “secular relics” around the world that carry as much, if not more significance for their devotees. Objects related to science, medicine and art which are now kept in temperature-controlled display cases in museums, locked away in high-security vaults, or auctioned off for vast amounts of money to private collectors. … [Read more...] about The enduring fascination of relics, from Becket’s elbow to Elvis’s Graceland