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.
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.
Formally organised forms of religion are only one part of the picture of Australian society.
The relationship of Australians to religion is changing, as people find other ways to connect with their personal beliefs.
Pilgrims at Lourdes.
Films motivate people to travel to locations previously unknown. In the process, tourists become a lot like spiritual seekers.
Sports can push people to come to terms with suffering as well as success.
'Sport is my religion' isn't just a cute bumper sticker. Athletes create rituals, endure suffering and face their own mortality. Under the right circumstances, sport can be a powerful – and secular – spiritual practice.
People nearing the end of their life often express fear of dying alone.
Research shows people who suffer from loss of meaning die earlier than those who maintain purpose. We can help people find meaning again by nurturing their "spirit".
Howard G Charing
Indigenous groups, religious movements and spiritual tourists use the psychoactive substance to communicate with forces and purge the soul.
Amid the din of cries about a 'ban' and the prayer 'causing offence' the Lord's prayer advert has got more media traction than it would had it been screened.
Mysteries of the mind.
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Oliver Sacks, the celebrated neurologic storyteller who died at the end of August at age 82, once described himself as “strongly atheist by disposition.” Sacks could write sensitively about religion, including…
Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love, the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling yoga memoir.
Yoga fiction is a burgeoning genre of books that tell tales of spiritual enlightenment through an ancient Indian practice. But what happens when such practices are severed from their cultural roots?
A happy outcome?
Susan Oman interviews Goldsmith's Will Davies, author of The Happiness Industry.
There is not a female figure on Game of Thrones who does not have a medieval counterpart.
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Game of Thrones never even approaches the slippery and surprising world of gender manipulation and redefinition that existed in medieval spirituality.
Let’s not focus on what the kids aren’t learning, let’s look at what they are learning, and work from there.
Among the many recommendations of the Review of the Australian Curriculum is the view that the curriculum should place “more emphasis on morals, values and spirituality”. This is a significant outcome…
Business on the edge. Bringing back the spirituality.
After a financial crisis which highlighted and unearthed corrupt management, bad business practices and selfish acts of greed, maybe it’s time to evaluate the impact of a more spiritual form of leadership…