What came first – all-seeing Gods or complex societies?
God the Father and Angel, Guercino Giovan Francesco Barbieri via Wikimedia Commons
God only started watching over us quite recently, according to a new study that analysed 414 societies from 30 world regions.
Muslims praying in a Chicago mosque following the shooting in New Zealand, on Friday, March 15.
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Last Friday, Muslims were killed while praying at two mosques in New Zealand. For Muslims, Friday is the day of gathering, the most important prayer day of the week.
Southern Baptist Convention messengers hold signs during a rally protesting the convention’s treatment of women in 2018.
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Recent media reports point to years of sexual abuse by Southern Baptist pastors. An expert writes why a long culture of women's submission is responsible for this crisis.
A painting showing Saint Francis Borgia, a 16th century saint,, performing an exorcism.
Forty-five years ago, 'The Exorcist' terrified viewers with its portrayal of a practice that goes back several centuries and continues today in Christianity.
A sculpture of Meister Eckhart in Germany.
Meister Eckhart was a 14th-century Dominican friar, who gave sermons on the direct experience of God. His words are finding resonance among today’s spiritual seekers.
Missionary media has played an important role in shaping world news.
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Evangelist Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network has launched the first Christian 24-hour TV channel. History shows that missionary media has played a key role in providing information from around the world.
The dominant belief among Australian university students now is that God had no hand in creating or developing humans.
According to our 32-year longitudinal study of first year science students, belief in creationism has declined over time.
Does your morality come from your religion? Not really. Trafalgar Square (Stop B), London, United Kingdom.
Many believe their morality comes from their religion. But evidence suggests that people’s opinion of what God thinks is actually what they believe is right and wrong, not the other way around.
Illustration of Dante’s Paradiso.
Giovanni di Paolo
Different cultural groups respond with numerous, often conflicting, answers to questions about life after death. An expert explains the Christian idea of heaven.
Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel
The television presenter and the scientist are having an argument about God on Twitter, and Morgan is getting a lot of stick. That's not fair.
A mourner reads a sympathy card left for Anthony Bourdain at a makeshift memorial in New York.
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
Most religions have a fundamental belief that all human life belongs to God.
Worshippers at Ash Wednesday mass.
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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.'
Relics of St. Valentine of Terni at the basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin.
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Valentine's Day originated as a feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. So how did the day become a celebration of love?
The nativity scenes celebrated each Christmas bear little resemblance to history.
The inn, the shepherds, angels and animals: pretty much everything we think we know about the Christmas story is historically wrong.
Many Australians celebrate Christmas, even those who don’t identify as being Christian.
If you're a non-believer, then staying away from Church may be the best thing for your psychological health this Christmas.
British author Philip Pullman.
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.
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.
Many religions see natural disasters as divine punishment. But, a scholar argues, it's not that simple.
A detail from William Blake’s God answers Job (c. 1804). The Gods of Moses in the Old Testament, Jesus in the New Testament and Muhammad in the Quran have a similarly complex and ambivalent character.
The founder of Islam, Muhammad, saw himself as the last in a line of prophets that reached back through Jesus to Moses, Abraham and Noah. But while the three religions worship the same God, he divides as much as he unites.
Does God exist?
There remain many mysteries that are beyond science. Does that mean that a God truly exists? A scholar gives reasons for this possibility.