In the Bible, heaven is where God resides, rather than a place of eternal life. But over time it has become conflated with ideas of paradise and eternal salvation.
"Hell" in the Bible is a highly symbolic idea designed to persuade people to stay faithful to their God, not to set out a precise agenda for the afterlife.
Veganism is not a religion, and nor is belief in Santa Claus. So why are Christianity, Islam and Buddhism classed as religions?
At local level some congregations are bravely creating alternative models where LGBTIQ people can feel safe and be accepted
South Africans are facing abuse at the hands of charlatan religious leaders.
Prosperity gospel in South Africa is in the news for all the wrong reasons. But for its followers, it's not a con, just a different approach to God.
Ukraine's Orthodox Church recently broke off from Russia. This dispute has a history that goes back to medieval Christianity, and continues to shape modern-day politics.
A new biography sheds light on Engenas Lekganyane, founder of the Zion Christian Church.
Two thirds of Anglicans supported leaving the EU but most evangelicals and charismatics voted Remain.
Reports of demonic possession are once again on the rise. But during the devil’s last apogee in early modern Europe, demonic afflictions were taken seriously by both priests and physicians.
The biblical story of Jesus's birth is an inherently political story – something that makes many Christians uncomfortable.
An evolutionary biologist makes the case that there's no reconciling science and religion. In the search for truth, one tests hypotheses while the other relies on faith.
Many people become more forgiving of poor service if there are Christmas symbols around.
Many teachers believe that fundamentalists are not really religious, but have just misinterpreted their holy books.
In their zeal to evangelize the world, at the end of 19th century, young families were sent overseas with little to no training in anything beyond the Bible and no promise of funding.
Christians go to fewer gigs, are less likely to listen to heavy metal, and prefer classical music. The reason likely comes down to morality.
Throughout the movement's history, African Americans and whites lived, worked and protested side-by-side. It was one of the few long-term experiments in American interracial communalism.
Born Farrokh Bulsara, Mercury came from a Parsi family that practiced Zoroastrianism, a religion that influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Québec is pushing to ban public servants from wearing religious garb even as the crucifix hangs in its legislature. It's ironic and hypocritical for a province that prides itself on secularism.
The Uniting Church has been grappling with questions of faith and sexuality for decades - and its openness has led to relatively smooth changes to doctrine and practice.