Some Christians interpret Biblical teachings to say that women are essentially equal to men, but should be submissive to male leaders in the church and home.
Complementarianism is the view – held by some Australian churches – that men and women have separate and divinely ordained roles: men are 'spiritual leaders' while women are 'helpmeets'.
Pope Francis marks the end of the Jubilee of Mercy by closing the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
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The pope's action is significant: It encourages priests to be more sensitive to the context of the lives of their laity.
One of English poetry’s most recognisable voices has been memorialised in Westminster Abbey.
Faced with the moral conservatism of many Pentecostal-Charismatic congregations, LGBT Christians who stay may live closeted lives.
New research has found that LGBT Christians and pastors alike must grapple with difficult spiritual questions.
Religious teachers can feel uncomfortable explaining the science of evolution to their pupils.
Many South African teachers don't accept the theory of evolution. They feel deeply conflicted when they have to teach it to their pupils as part of the life sciences curriculum.
The number of people who identify with a religion is declining, but that doesn't mean it's on its way out.
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are helping change the top-down nature of organised Christianity.
Clergymen who conceal sex abuse offences are guilty of betraying the trust vested in them.
Church cover-ups are extremely serious. Child victims are especially vulnerable and often suffer long-term psychological harm.
Pope Francis exhorts the faithful to accompany each other on their life journey, and help each other be free in love.
In his new exhortation, Pope Francis issues the Catholic Church and its followers a bold challenge: to live God's mercy more authentically.
A line snakes down the sidewalk at Western High School in Las Vegas during the Nevada Republican presidential caucus.
Simply by voting in a church, you're more likely to support a conservative cause or candidate.
Anglican Dean of Brisbane Peter Catt is one of several Australian church leaders to promise sanctuary to asylum seekers.
The church’s assertion of sanctuary will stimulate debate about the morality and justice of Australia's current laws with regard to asylum seekers.
Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt is leading a sanctuary offer to asylum-seekers facing deportation to Nauru.
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In offering to open church buildings across Australia as places of sanctuary for asylum seekers, church leaders are appealing to an ancient notion of how we should treat people in need of protection.
The defloration rite, 1484.
The Anglo-Saxons can teach us plenty about sex and the labels we assign to ourselves today.
A replica of the Temple of Solomon, built by the Brazilian evangelical “Universal Church of the Kingdom of God” in Sao Paulo.
Members of a church expect to find mutual support from one another - emotionally and spiritually. This is not the case at the South African branch of The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.
A protester holds a sign in support of Kim Davis, September 9 2015.
A scholar visited a dozen churches to learn why some religious folks oppose same-sex marriage. He discovered it's not a simple case of homophobia.
People continue to marry less – and later – in life.
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The Southern Baptist church is making a strong push to buck a societal trend. Should others follow suit?
Father Theodore Hesburgh transformed American Catholic higher education institutions
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Notre Dame alumna reflects on the extraordinary life, work and the legacy that Father Theodore Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, leaves behind for Catholic institutions.
The SBS program Living with the Enemy broadcast on Wednesday 3 September has hit on recipe for success with its new series. Put a gay male couple in a house (well, a caravan) with a conservative male Anglican…
Cardinal George Pell reportedly led Catholic Church lobbying of the government to abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was created by the former federal Labor government and began operation in December 2012. It is so new that some charities are yet to be required…