The last census revealed that just over 60% of Australians identified as Christian, but only one in seven of those attended church regularly.
Church affiliation and attendance is on the wane in Australia – a trend that is unlikely to be reversed be the recent slew of sex abuse scandals.
Also available in chocolate.
What on Earth have chocolate rabbits got to do with Easter? Rather a lot, actually.
Detail Da Vinci’s The Last Supper by Giacomo Raffaelli. Judas seated second right.
Alberto Fernandez Fernandez [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons
Judas has had a 2,000-year raw deal. Here's why it's time for a rethink.
The Venerable Bede.
The Venerable Bede translates John 1902; James Doyle Penrose (1862-1932); Wikimedia
The medieval English scholar was a devoted student of Computus – the calculation of the date of Easter.
Peter Gertner Crucifixion Walters.
The sources offer an intriguing – and surprising – insight.
Because chocolate gifts need their glasnost too.
Forty days in the wilderness: Temptations of Christ, St Mark’s Basilica.
Lent is inextricably linked to Jesus's 40 days in the wilderness, right? In fact, it's not that simple.
A Christmas service in Manhattan.
Mike Segar /REUTERS
How should we celebrate Christmas during a time when religious extremism inspires terrorist attacks and young people are abandoning the church?
Spirit of Easter
Why do chocolate makers and other food producers use unsustainably grown palm oil? You can blame health-conscious consumers looking for alternatives to trans fats.
The proposition that Easter is a 100% Christian affair is manifestly unsustainable.
The proposition that Easter is a 100% Christian affair is manifestly unsustainable. It shows an ignorance of history. Worse, it shows a failure to understand the way religious traditions work.
The average 80-gram hot cross bun contains 1,070 kilojoules.
Australians love Easter but it seems we love Easter eggs more, spending more than A$185 million on chocolate over the holiday break.
Spoiler alert: the Easter Bunny isn’t real. So how does it affect children when they find out their parents have been lying to them for years?
All around the world many parents are preparing for Easter – possibly thinking of how Easter eggs will be hidden, how they will explain their delivery and perhaps bracing themselves for some challenging…
The Easter Bunny is a much loved part of our social history but is the Easter Bilby more appropriate in Australia?
This Easter it is worth asking what the Easter Bunny is all about. Indeed, there’s more to the furry character than a fondness for chocolate. Rabbits were first domesticated by monks in the south of France…