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Honouring religious freedom and behaving faithfully in public not only protect the rights of individuals but also safeguard the integrity of democratic governments. Peter Hershey/Unsplash

A cautionary tale: The unintended consequences of Québec’s Bill 21

Respecting religious freedom not only protects the rights of individuals, it safeguards the integrity and accountability of democratic governments.
Doubting Thomas needed the proof, just like a scientist, and now is a cautionary Biblical example. Caravaggio/Wikimedia Commons

Yes, there is a war between science and religion

An evolutionary biologist makes the case that there's no reconciling science and religion. In the search for truth, one tests hypotheses while the other relies on faith.
Researchers have identified six broad groups of young people categorised by their views on religion and spirituality. Shutterstock

New research shows Australian teens have complex views on religion and spirituality

A new study reveals Australian teenagers do not relate to established ideas on religion and spirituality. Instead, they fall into six broad groups and show great tolerance for others' ideas.
Does your morality come from your religion? Not really. Trafalgar Square (Stop B), London, United Kingdom. Malcolm Lightbody/Unsplash

Religion does not determine your morality

Many believe their morality comes from their religion. But evidence suggests that people’s opinion of what God thinks is actually what they believe is right and wrong, not the other way around.
In 2014, in, a small town in northern Israel, Christian worshippers gathered next to a statue of the Virgin Mary, that they said ‘weeps’ oil. AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

What is behind belief in weeping Virgin Mary statues

Throughout Catholic history, miracles have been attributed to Virgin Mary's power. She is understood to cry not only over the sins of the world, but over the pain she experienced in her earthly life.
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. (Shutterstock)

Being a progressive Christian shouldn’t be an oxymoron

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.
Muslim women pray behind men at mass prayers to celebrate Eid al-Adha in Birmingham. Joe Giddens/PA Archive

Britain’s ‘missing’ Muslim women

A new report on missing Muslims under-emphasises women’s growing participation in civil society.
Older generation freedom fighters like Nelson Mandela are losing currency among some young people in South Africa. Yves Herman/Reuters

Why the ‘loss of faith’ in heroes like Mandela may not be such a bad thing

Student activists are losing faith in the legacies of anti-apartheid heroes like Nelson Mandela. Perhaps all South Africans should do the same. It may just be what the country needs for its future.
Religious teachers can feel uncomfortable explaining the science of evolution to their pupils. Shutterstock

Evolution vs creation: teachers try to balance faith and their lessons

Many South African teachers don't accept the theory of evolution. They feel deeply conflicted when they have to teach it to their pupils as part of the life sciences curriculum.

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