Islamophobic and anti-semitic parents are removing children from school RE lessons.
The abyss of hell.
The meaning of hell might have changed over the centuries, but for devout Christians it remains a core part of their faith.
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.
Cory Bernardi announces the recruitment of the Australian Christian Lobby’s Lyle Shelton to his Australian Conservatives political party.
Despite attempts to import its ideas, evangelical Christianity has never held the same political appeal in Australia as it does in the United States.
A Presbyterian church in Belfast.
Twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement, churches have tended to marginalise the mavericks who helped bring about peace.
Jesus and Mary, as portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara in Mary Magdalene.
Mary Magdelene film props up a view of Judaism as archaic, unchanging and out of date.
Rooney Mara as the titular Mary.
Jesus and Mary are white, while an unsympathetic Peter is played with a cod 'African' accent.
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What would our church and society look like if we were confronted with the reality that the body hung on the cross was brown?
China-Vietnam border crossing across Lao Cai bridge.
Unstable relations between China and Vietnam are affecting the lives of Hmong highlanders in surprising ways.
The tenth station of the cross: the stripping of Jesus.
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Crucifixion was more than just physical punishment, it was also a devastating emotional and psychological act of violence.
Centre for the Study for Christianity and Culture, University of York.
New archaeological research on Glastonbury Abbey pushes back the date for the earliest settlement of the site by 200 years – and reopens debate on Glastonbury’s origin myths.
Cut from the same Christian cloth?
Putin and Trump both invoke a kind of religion that emphasises a past golden age, rather than shared practices of church attendance and piety.
Detail from Caravaggio’s Mary Magdelene, painted circa 1594-1596.
For centuries, Mary Magdalene was wrongly depicted as a repentant whore, diminishing her vital role as witness to the resurrection. A new film portraying her life does much to restore her character.
Brotherhood is produced by men with a sense of licence and tradition, and is sustained through particular rites of passage and rituals of abuse.
Addressing male cultures of tribalism and violence needs to be central to the response to reports of hazing and violence in Austrslia's university colleges.
Pope Francis will not ordain women to priesthood.
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The Catholic Church has historically been unwilling to extend full priesthood to women. However, Pope Francis could take the lead in ordaining women to become deacons, a scholar says.
Detail from Saint Michael and the Demon, a neogothical stained glass window from Saint-Martin de Florac Church.
The Vatican is training priests to recognise and deal with the demonically possessed. This re-emergence of the Devil in popular Western culture is part of a new engagement with an enchanted world.
Stained glass depicting the legend of Jews stealing sacramental bread, in the Cathedral of Brussels.
Antisemitic incidents are on the rise across the globe. To understand this modern hatred we need to look into the past and understand its origins.
Road to nowhere?
Sergio Delle Vedove
Divine inspiration was at the centre of music for thousands of years – until post-war conservatoires got other ideas.
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In three Gospels, Christ suffers in silence, while in the fourth he speaks out. Either way, the result is the same: crucifixtion and death.