The 2016 Census showed major changes in the ranking order of religious groups in Australia.
The changing pattern of the diversity of religious identities is one indicator of a society’s degree of multicultural composition. On this measure, Australia is among the most diverse.
Kiep Bac temple, Vietnam, where people worship the hero Saint Tran.
One of the many roles of Vietnam’s fascinating “cult of heroes” is to ensure government control over religious feeling, channeling it into nationalism.
Lolabelle, the artist and musician Laurie Anderson’s dog being taught how to play the piano.
In many cultures and religions dogs are more than protection and security. But do they have an after-life?
President Barack Obama pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey Abe.
AP Photos/Evan Vucci
The presidential turkey pardoning draws on a language of forgiveness, common to many religious traditions.
Antony Osler - from ‘Mzansi Zen’.
A new book on Buddhism in South Africa is more than a beautiful coffee table book. If Zen ever finds a foothold in Africa, the truths the book reveals could be seen as monumental.
Digital literacy remains relatively low in Indonesia.
Messages on social media reportedly fuelled the burning of Buddhist temples in Indonesia last month. Laws against hate speech are widely ignored and weakly policed.
Magical movements (trul khor) Lukhang mural detail, Tibet, 17th century.
© Thomas Laird
The Wellcome's show looks into complexity of the ideas behind the do-it-yourself of the mindfulness movement.
Can Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Dylann Roof be forgiven — and should they? Forgiveness is not an isolated, one-time act but a longer commitment to acceptance back into a community.
Meditation fire by Shutterstock
The mindfulness technique is being blindly sold and we are buying it hook line and sinker.
The Dalai Lama has been coy about his successor.
An elaborate and lengthy selection process is in danger of being co-opted by the Chinese government.
An Iraqi man prays at the Al-Noori Al-Kabeer mosque – now draped with the Islamic State flag – in Mosul, northern Iraq.
Islam has a history of violence. Muslims can be violent. Denying this is not at all different to denying that Islam is peaceful and that all Muslims are pacifists. The dichotomy is simply false. The Qur’an…
Is religion a relic of the past?
All sorts of claims about religious decline are flying around at the moment, from George Carey’s comment that the Church of England is “one generation away from extinction” to Richard Dawkins’ comments…