Noah’s Ark – a biblical story of genocide.
We still live in a violent world – and the Bible can help children understand it.
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.
Their quest to find 'something bigger' to devote our lives to is only a superficial change from religion – and it ignores the psychological reality of our ever-changing self.
Religious organisations have freedom under Australian law to practise their own doctrines and marriage rituals.
Even if secular law changes to allow same-sex couples to marry, churches are protected by religious freedom to choose who they will - or will not - marry.
The Ecstasy of St Theresa, by Gianlorenzo Bernini in Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.
Arguments over religion miss the point that we have religious urges, whether or not we think they are justified.
Historically, there have been numerous cultural manifestations of austerity that shed light on its enduring appeal.
Turkish Muslims pray near Fatih Mosque in Istanbul during a protest against the attacks on the Muslim people in Arakan in Myanmar.
Turkey’s humanitarian response to Rohingya's crisis highlights President Erdoğan ambition to appear as a world champion for Muslim rights.
Logic, science and critical thinking are working miracles for non-believers.
The Virgin Mary may not be able to pull Brazil out of a deep recession, but her church-sponsored house calls do wonders to ease economic malaise among participating Catholic families.
For a century, Brazil's Catholic Church has sent holy statues out to parishioners' homes. A new study finds that these visits create a local subeconomy, benefitting families and the church.
Nuns offer a unique insight into how work is divided between the sexes and rewarded accordingly.
Indian women protested against ‘instant divorce’, a practice that has been ruled unconstitutional by India’s Supreme court.
What are the implications of the 'instant divorce' ban in India? Will it provoke a wider re-evaluation of India's Muslim family laws, that affect millions of women?
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.
India’s multifaith society is a perfect example of how various beliefs are integrated into work ethics.
What is the impact of religiosity and spirituality on ethical decision-making at work? India has a rich experience of such behaviours.
If marriage is to be redefined, substantial protections should be provided for conscientious objectors.
Conscience protections for those opposed to same-sex marriage should not be seen as excusing bigotry. Rather, it is a legitimate means of best promoting everyone’s welfare.
« La danseuse de cordes s'accompagne avec ses ombres », by Man Ray (1916).
A biologist and a philosopher discuss the illusion of being oneself and religion.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, a self-styled Indian guru, was convicted and sentenced for the rape of two of his female followers.
The Dera Sacha Sauda episode has several important questions, mostly related to the crisis of spirituality and modernity in India today.
Increasing numbers of Australians agree with the notion of same-sex couples having the same rights as different-sex couples.
HILDA data reveal an overwhelming tide of support toward the rights of same-sex couples within Australian society.
Marriage is not an automatic right for anyone.
We need to get beyond hyperbole and half-truths from those both for and against marriage equality, and go back to basics.
Barack Obama on a 2013 visit to South Africa.
Barack Obama may have chosen Mandela's words for his tweet precisely because they offered some distance from the political space in the US.
Faith is accommodated In Australia, but there is piecemeal protection for religious freedom.
Religious freedom in Australia can be a source of division with examples of respect for and of government interference with that freedom.