In the Western world, the U.S. is one of only one of two countries with capital punishment, and support remains strongest in the 'Bible Belt'. Here's a look at the historic arguments within Christian communities over the death penalty.
Passion, Lament, Glory at Melbourne’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2017.
Each year at Easter, Christians recreate the spectacularly violent end of Jesus's life, raising some tough questions about the depiction of suffering on stage.
Orthodox Easter in Syria.
Christian calendars usually differ when it comes to Easter celebrations – but not in 2017.
Once again, Nigel Farage and his conservative allies are rushing to the defence of 'British values'. Needlessly, as it turns out.
The crosses at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France.
Writings at the time of WWI aimed to construct a religiously diverse and conflicted America into a virtuous, Christian nation. This narrative continued in the cemeteries for the war heroes.
Christianity has grown at a rapid rate in China.
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Christianity has grown at a rapid rate in China. The Catholic church, however, is split into an official one and an 'underground' one. A scholar explains how better relations with Vatican could help.
Sister Frances Carr, left, and Brother Arnold Hadd of the Shaker Village sing during a rehearsal on Sept. 13, 1995.
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The Shakers prioritized harmony and a simple lifestyle. They were among the earliest proponents of gender equality.
Alison Whyte in Sydney Theatre Company’s The Testament of Mary.
The Testament of Mary is an interesting thought experiment but its narrative is improbable – historically, textually and theologically.
A mosaic of King Roger II: we should celebrate his 12th-century example of inter-cultural collaboration.
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A new production of the opera King Roger will open this week. At a time when Europe was charged with fear of the 'Muslim threat', this 12th century king collaborated with an Islamic scholar on an extraordinary project.
The film is a powerful reworking of the novel by Japanese novelist Endō Shūsaku.
Even the sceptical can admire the determination of the wise men.
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'.
Identifying as not being religious is increasingly common in Australia, as is belonging to a minority religion.
We are a secular nation, yet we acknowledge god in our Constitution. When it comes to religion, Australians tend to be pluralist and (relatively) tolerant.
“I bless this business deal.”
No other nation has conjoined business success and piety quite like America has. Is Donald Trump's election a strange perversion of this tradition?
Why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus on 25 December?
Adoration of the shepherds (1622) by Gerard van Honthorst/WIkimedia Commons
Before Christmas became child-centred, Father Christmas was the personification of a mid-winter feast of merrymaking for adults – and he brought no presents.
Virtual reality model of the west wall of the guild chapel, Stratford on Avon.
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Due to recent restoration, the paintings are clearer than they have ever been over the last 600 years.
Shin'ya Tsukamoto (right) and Andrew Garfield in Silence (2016).
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Martin Scorsese's new film Silence will be shown to an audience of priests at the Vatican today. It tells the story of persecuted Christians in 17th century Japan - an event still remembered by Nagasaki's Catholic community.
The Indonesian police have named Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama a suspect in a blasphemy case.
About one-quarter of the world's countries, both in developing and developed economies, have anti-blasphemy laws. Their implementation is always controversial and highly politicised.
Was persecution a consistent imperial policy, and what types of punishments were inflicted on Christians?
The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1883)/Wikimedia Commons
The image of cowering Christians being thrown to the lions by Roman emperors is a grisly staple of popular culture. But how accurate is it?
President Barack Obama pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey Abe.
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The presidential turkey pardoning draws on a language of forgiveness, common to many religious traditions.