Damian Thompson


Damian Thompson (born 1962) is an English journalist, editor and author. He is an associate editor of The Spectator. Previously he worked as editor-in-chief of the Catholic Herald and for The Daily Telegraph where he was religious affairs correspondent and later blogs editor and a Saturday columnist.[1]


Thompson was educated at Presentation College, Reading (later known as the Elvian School),[2] and read history at Mansfield College, Oxford.[3]

In 2003, he received his Ph.D in the sociology of religion from the London School of Economics[4] for his thesis, The problem of the end: a sociological study of the management of apocalyptic belief at Kensington Temple, a London Pentecostal church, at the end of the millennium.[5] He was religious affairs correspondent of The Daily Telegraph from 1990 to 1994, and subsequently editor-in chief of the Catholic Herald.[6] He is a director of the Herald.[7]

Thompson was a Saturday columnist for The Daily Telegraph from 2011, and the Blogs Editor of the Telegraph Media Group, with responsibility for editing and commissioning blogs on politics, religion, finance and culture. In June 2014, he left his posts at The Telegraph[8] "in entirely amicable circumstances".[9] On 5 August 2014, The Spectator announced that Thompson had been appointed associate editor.[10]

He has written two books about apocalyptic belief and one about conspiracy theories or "counterknowledge", which he describes as "misinformation packaged to look like fact".[11] His book The Fix: How Addiction is Invading our Lives and Taking Over Your World was published in 2012.[12] He writes a monthly column about classical music for The Spectator.


  • The End of Time: Faith and the Fear in the Shadow of the Millennium (University Press of New England, 1997);[13] ISBN 9780874518498
  • Loose Canon: A Portrait of Brian Brindley (ed) (Continuum, 2004);[14] ISBN 9780826474186
  • Waiting for Antichrist: Charisma and Apocalypse in a Pentecostal Church (Oxford University Press, 2005); ISBN 9780195178562
  • Counterknowledge: How We Surrendered to Conspiracy Theories, Quack Medicine, Bogus Science and Fake History (Atlantic Books, 2008); ISBN 9781843546757
  • The Fix: How Addiction is Invading our Lives and Taking Over Your World (Collins, 2012); ISBN 9780007436088


  1. ^ Heine, Debra (10 July 2019). "Editor-in-Chief of Catholic Herald Resigns After Blasting 'Garbage' Synod, 'Feeble' Bishops and Scandal-Plagued Pope Francis". PJ Media. Archived from the original on 26 March 2022. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Catholic school wins reprieve". The Daily Telegraph. 17 May 2003. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Mansfield College Magazine – Winter 2008" (PDF). University of Oxford. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 September 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Author profile – Damian Thompson". Atlantic Books. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  5. ^ OCLC 500224286
  6. ^ Bone, Victoria (21 January 2009). "Defending the faith, or prejudice?". BBC News. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  7. ^ Alison Chung; Steph Oliver (15 January 2011). "Three Ex-Bishops Defect To Catholicism". Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  8. ^ Roy Greenslade "Daily Telegraph's Brogan departs as group seeks 40 new recruits", (Greenslade blog) The Guardian, 18 June 2014
  9. ^ Jack Sommers "Telegraph Cuts High-Profile Journalists Benedict Brogan And Damian Thompson In Latest Cull", The Huffington Post, 18 June 2014
  10. ^ Fraser Nelson "Changes to The Spectator’s editorial team", The Spectator (blog), 5 August 2014
  11. ^ Lies, damn lies and 'counterknowledge', The Daily Telegraph, 12 January 2008.
  12. ^ Thompson, Damian (22 February 2012). "Are sleeping pills really that bad for your health?". Daily Telegraph
  13. ^ Eisner, Robert (9 November 1997)."The Big Round One". The New York Times.
  14. ^ Knight, India (11 July 2004). "Like a fat blackbird". The Telegraph.

External linksEdit

  • Damian Thompson – The Telegraph
  • Damian Thompson – The Spectator