Sports can push people to come to terms with suffering as well as success.
'Sport is my religion' isn't just a cute bumper sticker. Athletes create rituals, endure suffering and face their own mortality. Under the right circumstances, sport can be a powerful – and secular – spiritual practice.
'Ouija board' via www.shutterstock.com
The Oujia board's origins were anything but evil. It emerged, in part, out of a longing to communicate with loved ones who had died during the Civil War.
Mixed response to May’s faith school plan.
Allowing new faith schools to religiously select 100% of their pupils is not only problematic in terms of social integration, it is simply unfair.
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.
In the US and Ireland there have been headline court cases of bakers refusing to make cakes for same-sex weddings.
As the US example shows, freedom of religion should not be allowed to morph into the right to discriminate.
Hillary Clinton’s failure to win over religious voters has not been for lack of trying.
The fact that so much of the religious vote will go to the obviously less religious candidate says a lot about the 2016 US presidential election.
Most functions attributed to the soul can be explained by the brain.
Many people believe they have a soul. But for psychologists, who study behaviour, it is not so much that souls do not exist, it is that there is no need for them.
in Australia, marriage is regulated by the state, not the church.
The role of religion in marriage has been distorted, helping the 'no' case for same-sex marriage to attract more attention than it deserves.
Mother Theresa in 1991.
Mother Teresa will become a saint on Sunday, on the basis of two miracles of healing. But let's not remove our thinking caps and go all medieval: we should be wary of uncritical endorsement of claims to the miraculous.
A women is more than what she wears.
The hijab is not a sign of control.
Religious teachers can feel uncomfortable explaining the science of evolution to their pupils.
Many South African teachers don't accept the theory of evolution. They feel deeply conflicted when they have to teach it to their pupils as part of the life sciences curriculum.
Muslims across France and Italy attended mass in the wake of the attack on a priest in Rouen.
Local collaborations between the fiercely secular state and religious groups have a long history.
A guard of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside Fatih mosque.
Unexpected calls to prayer from mosques in Turkey caught many off guard on the night of the attempted coup. An ethnomusicologist explains the political and social power of sound.
There is a large Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
The Trump campaign is adding groups of untapped, swing state voters to its Trump playbook. A political scientist examines whether the Amish vote in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio can be swung.
Bob Marley’s album ‘Legend’ is still an international bestseller.
Bob Marley is one of those rare artists who continues to touch the hearts of millions of people across the world, even though he died more than three decades ago.
Family murder was understood as a sign of larger ills.
During the 1980s, press coverage of South African family murders suggested that something was ‘wrong’ with white society – and with the white Afrikaans men who were usually seen as perpetrators.
Nice attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel exemplifies how quickly ideology can be adopted.
Most cults build upon or modify existing religious doctrine, yet how they express these beliefs varies from group to group.
Police guard the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray after a priest was killed.
France needs to find a place for Islam in its fiercely secular state.
The car that was set ablaze outside Perth’s Thornlie Mosque. Offensive graffiti was also scrawled on a wall nearby.
Legislating against racial and religious vilification is highly fraught, as the ongoing debate around Section 18C has demonstrated, and unlikely to become less so any time soon.
According to a recent poll, 45 percent of Americans believe extraterrestrials have visited the Earth.
Raphael Terra, 'UFO Sunset.'
Whether it's Hillary Clinton's courting the UFO vote or Donald Trump's lending credibility to various conspiracy theories, the "triumph of reason" seems to have gone by the wayside.