Most religions are populated by an impressive cadre of ghosts, gods, spirits and angels.
Luther’s 95 Theses.
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On the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, two scholars explain how Luther's personal and spiritual life contributed to his success.
Pope Francis talks with bishops during the Liturgical Week at the Vatican in August 2017.
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A liturgy expert explains that until the 12th century local bishops made decisions on Catholic liturgical practices even though the Catholic Mass was celebrated in Latin until 1970. How did that change?
A 1932 photograph showing the minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, Mosul.
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As Mosul rebuilds, its history is a reminder that people of many faiths lived in cooperation in the city. In the city was the Tomb of Prophet Jonah, venerated by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.
What makes ‘Game of Thrones’ so popular?
A scholar argues that like many sacred books, the popular television show encourages men and women to reflect on their lives and choices.
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.
Religious opponents of assisted dying laws most often appeal to the sanctity of human life.
Christianity's long tradition of compassionate care for both the dying and the dead means it brings some wisdom and experience to the voluntary assisted dying issue.
What justifies keeping some books out of the hands of young readers?
As Harry Potter turns 20, a scholar says protesters who try to censor books do not trust young readers to discern the difference between fantasy and reality. But why?
Why do people need cash in churches?
ATMs began appearing in churches providing a way for people to come up with ready cash to give to God and their church. But why was cash necessary?
Adam and Eve, created by Albrecht Dürer, 1471-1528.
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Christian sexuality websites present evangelicalism as a sex-positive religious tradition. At the same time, they also reinforce conservative ideas about same-sex marriages.
An Egyptian Muslim woman holds candles in front of the Coptic Christian Cathedral in tribute to the victims of a bomb attack in Cairo on Dec. 17, 2016.
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Among the Christians of the Middle East, the largest number – some eight million or so – is of Egypt’s Copts. Here's their story.
Passion, Lament, Glory at Melbourne’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2017.
Each year at Easter, Christians recreate the spectacularly violent end of Jesus's life, raising some tough questions about the depiction of suffering on stage.
What is the true nature of temptation?
While temptation can be an invitation to sin, experiencing temptation can also make us consider more deeply: What is it that tempts us and why?
What is the origin of Easter eggs?
A scholar explains the rich historical roots of Easter and how it has evolved over the centuries.
A Christian movement led by popular independent religious entrepreneurs, often referred to as 'apostles,' is changing the religious landscape of America.
A destroyed church in Harasta, on the outskirts of Damascus.
Prioritising groups of refugees, such as Syrian Christians, over others will only create further polarisation.
President Dwight Eisenhower at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Feb. 2, 1956.
President Trump gave a speech at the Prayer Breakfast that pledged to be "tougher" in international dealings and protect religious liberty. How does it compare with past Presidents?
A scholar quotes Biblical passages to show how the text affirms – strongly and unequivocally – the obligation to treat strangers with dignity and hospitality.
Alison Whyte in Sydney Theatre Company’s The Testament of Mary.
The Testament of Mary is an interesting thought experiment but its narrative is improbable – historically, textually and theologically.
The lyrical beauty of Arabic inspired many poets, writers.
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The teaching of Islam is often limited to its religious practice. How Christians, Jews and Muslims borrowed freely from each other in the realm of art, music, and literature is seldom discussed.