We don’t know what former Howard government minister Philip Ruddock and his panel have found and recommended about legislation to protect religious freedom.
The government won't be putting out the report before the July 28 byelections, and that tells us something. There are concerns about how this issue will run in the public domain.
Hillsong United at Petofi Csarnok, Budapest.
While some other churches are losing attendees, Pentecostal membership is growing. Good branding may be the key to their success.
A restaurant in Bishopville, S.C. markets the town’s association to the Lizard Man.
Joseph P. Laycock
Towns are embracing their eccentric visitors as a way to boost their struggling economies.
Ghana’s goalkeepers, Stephen Adams (L) and Fatawu Dauda (R), pray before a 2014 World Cup match.
Africa is a deeply divided continent along ideological, ethnic and territorial lines. Religion and football can produce consensus.
Medieval cathedrals were fund raising powerhouses – it's time to let history live again.
The Wedding Feast at Cana, Paolo Veronese, 1563.
Our work on the International Panel for Social Progress has led us to conclude that religion is neither inherently pro-democracy nor inherently anti-democracy.
Pro-tolerance march in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2015.
Diversity is an enormously appealing and powerful concept, yet it can also distract us from the focus we need to face today’s pressing social issues. So what’s the way forward?
Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand partially collapsed after a 2011 earthquake.
AP Photo/Mark Baker
Can artificial intelligence accurately simulate people's religious tendencies in the face of disaster and tragedy?
Surrounded by Angels, by Carl Schweninger der Jungere, 1912.
Notions of heaven have changed through the ages, from an eternity centred on God to a more secular place where loved ones will reunite.
Common beliefs include finding a spiritual essence in nature.
Around 14% of Australians identify as spiritual. It is time they were given the same rights as those belonging to organised religions.
Many companies now encourage certain spiritual practices to improve well-being and productivity, yet religion at work is a growing source of conflict. A paradox?
President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana addresses the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters in September 2017.
(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Ghanaians respond positively to financial appeals from churches compared to how they respond to paying taxes. Here's how, and why, Ghana's government should learn from religious groups.
Many associate Christianity with views like those of United States Vice President Mike Pence. In this September 2016 file photo, Mike Pence speaks to supporters at a rally in Missouri.
The words "Christianity" and "progressive" don't seem like they belong in the same sentence anymore. But to many progressive Christians, their religion has always been about social justice.
Agnesi was the first woman to write a mathematics textbook.
May 16 marks the 300th anniversary of the first woman to write a mathematics textbook.
Throughout Australian history, the Bible has been used by those both asserting colonial power and subverting it, as a tool of oppression and as an instrument of justice.
A new book explores the complex and nuanced place the Bible has held in Australian culture since hundreds of copies arrived with the First Fleet in 1787.
Rihanna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s benefit celebrating ‘Heavenly Bodies’ in New York, May 7, 2018.
Islamophobic and anti-semitic parents are removing children from school RE lessons.
Gay conversion therapy is often carried out in the name of religion.
From injection of a morphine derivative to the administering of electric shocks, gay conversion therapy here has a painful legacy.
It’s not always about demons.
The Vatican has announced a training course to meet growing demand for exorcists.
Songwriters such as Nick Cave (pictured) and the late Yolngu star Gurrumul have often drawn on the scriptures in their work.
In less than two generations, the proportion of Australians who never pick up a Bible has leapt to seven out of ten. But a robust biblical literacy can help us decode creative works and understand the past.