Churches started to use ashes early as the ninth century as a symbol of repentance. In 1091, Pope Urban II ritualized their use to mark the beginning of Lent. Today, churches provide 'ashes to go.'
An affair between a philosophy professor and his teenage student became the subject of ballads in the streets of Paris in the 12th century. A scholar asks: Why wasn't it called sexual harassment?
In his new book, Philip Pullman, once again tackles religion as an oppressive institution. On another level, he continues the quest for explaining human consciousness.
White men routinely gun down innocent victims in mass shootings in the United States. Yet they are not branded terrorists the way Muslims who commit violent acts are. Why not?
Nuns offer a unique insight into how work is divided between the sexes and rewarded accordingly.
Other than church, the pipe organ is often perceived as belonging in horror movies. But there's more to the instrument that spans most musical genres.
Comprehensive, independent Australian data regarding domestic violence within churches is long overdue.
The particular brand of masculinity promoted by Africa's influential male church leaders tends to devalue women, re-inscribe male domination.
In recent years, Australians appear to have become both more willing to declare themselves religious, and more willing to say they have no religion.
President Trump recently repeated his pledge to eliminate the 63-year-old law, which bans charities from engaging in political activities, at the National Prayer Breakfast.
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'.
The pope's action is significant: It encourages priests to be more sensitive to the context of the lives of their laity.
One of English poetry’s most recognisable voices has been memorialised in Westminster Abbey.
New research has found that LGBT Christians and pastors alike must grapple with difficult spiritual questions.
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.
The number of people who identify with a religion is declining, but that doesn't mean it's on its way out.
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are helping change the top-down nature of organised Christianity.
Church cover-ups are extremely serious. Child victims are especially vulnerable and often suffer long-term psychological harm.
In his new exhortation, Pope Francis issues the Catholic Church and its followers a bold challenge: to live God's mercy more authentically.
Simply by voting in a church, you're more likely to support a conservative cause or candidate.