The Achievement of the Grail / Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Is the Grail the chalice from the Last Supper – or the Crucifixion? Does it contain the elixir of life? Or is it Mary Magdalene's womb?
People carry posters during this Feb. 2017 rally against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, in New York’s Times Square.
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In the shadow of Trump-era cross-border discrimination, an early-stage scholar reflects on the meaning of religious diversity and his act of resistance by boycotting conference travel to the U.S.
Collective prayer on October 20 in Mogadishu in tribute to the 276 dead and 300 wounded, victims of the October 14 terrorist attack. Terrorism has become a global weapon.
Contemporary terrorism is rooted in a form of political violence dating from the French Revolution. It is rooted in social facts and is now evolving on a global scale.
Increasingly, North American millennials identify as spiritual as opposed to religious. To them, part of this spirituality means being compassionate, empathetic and open-hearted.
Millennial Canadians are identifying themselves as spiritual, but not religious. This entails the desire to develop inner knowledge and to embody the virtues of compassion, empathy and open-heartedness.
Making sure all religions are accounted for in British schools.
There needs to be an urgent debate on the education of Muslim pupils in British schools, but this seems impossible in the current climate.
A sign at a march in Soweto, South Africa, shows just how important social support is for lesbians.
Family support, being valued in their own homes and enjoying strong support from their social structures helped instill lesbians in a conservative South African province with a strong sense of self.
President Trump recently stated his support for ‘Judeo-Christian values’ … but what does that phrase really mean?
Its real purpose is to subsume Judaism and exclude Islam.
Women clergy in the Church of England.
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Women clergy are still fighting a battle for acceptance in the church.
Is religion inherently violent? Some believe so, but secular individuals and institutions have proven to be just as violent.
Many think that violence is central to religion, but some scholars argue it's meaningless to single out religion rather than socio-economic factors when assessing violent acts.
In the great reformer's eyes, if you didn't love a rousing tune you deserved only "the music of the pigs".
Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther, a professor and preacher, published the 95 Theses, a list of debating points on the Christian religion which sparked the Reformation movement.
Historical accounts of Martin Luther skew or ignore debates about religion and make him hardly recognizable as a pastor and preacher. But his theology changed Europe.
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Just what are we celebrating when we imagine an Augustinian friar nailing a document to a church door?
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University degrees perform the same function in 2017 as indulgences did in 1517.
Martin Luther has always given the country a chance to examine itself. Half a millennium on, the picture is more complex than ever.
Both systems are dangerous in the wrong hands.
Noah’s Ark – a biblical story of genocide.
We still live in a violent world – and the Bible can help children understand it.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu ‘s deep spirituality drove him to fight for freedom and justice.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is first and foremost, a spiritual leader, a man of deep prayer. This motivated his participation in supporting South Africa's liberation struggle.
Their quest to find 'something bigger' to devote our lives to is only a superficial change from religion – and it ignores the psychological reality of our ever-changing self.
Religious organisations have freedom under Australian law to practise their own doctrines and marriage rituals.
Even if secular law changes to allow same-sex couples to marry, churches are protected by religious freedom to choose who they will - or will not - marry.
The Ecstasy of St Theresa, by Gianlorenzo Bernini in Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.
Arguments over religion miss the point that we have religious urges, whether or not we think they are justified.