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A Christmas service in Manhattan. Mike Segar /REUTERS

Celebrating Christmas in an age of religious extremism

How should we celebrate Christmas during a time when religious extremism inspires terrorist attacks and young people are abandoning the church?
A replica of the Temple of Solomon, built by the Brazilian evangelical “Universal Church of the Kingdom of God” in Sao Paulo. Reuters/Nacho Doce

Book review: a hard-hitting look at The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God

Members of a church expect to find mutual support from one another - emotionally and spiritually. This is not the case at the South African branch of The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.
A protester outside the US Supreme Court of Appeal objects to gay marriage. An incident at a Cape Town university has raised issues of religious freedom. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

In free speech debates, consider Christianity’s history of liberalism

The furore around freedom of sexual orientation vs religious freedom at a South African university should lead to deeper thinking about Christianity's historical role in promoting liberalism.
The sacrament of marriage that takes place in the eyes of God is a separate process from the state’s legal recognition of the coupling. Shutterstock/MNStudio

State view won’t change marriage in eyes of a man and woman’s God

The sacrament of marriage does not depend on the law, which exists only to regulate the rights and responsibilities arising from the practice. For religious believers, same-sex marriage won't change their union.
Does mankind’s religious instinct date back to prehistoric times? iurri

Caveman instincts may explain our belief in gods and ghosts

Notions of gods arise in all human societies, from all powerful and all-knowing deities to simple forest spirits. A recent method of examining religious thought and behaviour links their ubiquity and the…

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