The rules for schools could change.
Local education authorities have mediated the RE syllabus for decades. Now, there might be a free-for-all.
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It looks as if the story of the red priestess Melisandre is only just getting started. But is she a prophet, or a witch?
A photograph from The Sabbat Cycle’s Austin stop, where a screening of ‘The Witch’ was held, followed by a satanic ritual.
The Satantic Temple
What, exactly, are the political goals of The Satanic Temple, which formed in 2013? A religion professor attended a recent satanic ritual to find out.
Preaching to the converted.
Pope Francis' mercy mission to a migrant camp in Lesbos is another effort to rescue the tarnished and failing brand of Catholicism.
How might a cult assuage the anxieties of its followers?
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In Meyerism, the fictional cult in Hulu's new TV series "The Path," a psychologist sees similarities to real-life cults.
Pope Francis exhorts the faithful to accompany each other on their life journey, and help each other be free in love.
In his new exhortation, Pope Francis issues the Catholic Church and its followers a bold challenge: to live God's mercy more authentically.
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The prosperity gospel – a uniquely American strand of Christian theology – creates a dilemma for its adherents.
Brussels Airport bombers Brahim and Khalid el-Bakraoui had previously spent time in prison.
Apart from having little or no knowledge of religion, the new crop of Islamic State recruits come primed for violence with a different set of skills, honed through criminal activity.
The last census revealed that just over 60% of Australians identified as Christian, but only one in seven of those attended church regularly.
Church affiliation and attendance is on the wane in Australia – a trend that is unlikely to be reversed be the recent slew of sex abuse scandals.
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
Most scientists don't think there's an inherent conflict between their field and religion, so why do we?
Indigo, pink, saffron: colour for India isn't just for throwing. It's political, too.
Complex issues require a greater degree of literacy.
A tense start to the year in New Delhi.
To know India’s future we must first understand Hindu nationalism’s past.
The Statue of Liberty stands as a beacon of the civil religion that is the contemporary faith in human rights.
The tradition of republicanism offered us civil religion, a foundation of belief that could counter any politics or policy that demands sacrifice in this world to be compensated in some “beyond”.
While some conservatives worry about the Safe Schools program ‘turning’ kids gay, they in turn seem determined to turn queer kids straight.
The review of the Safe Schools program is yet another example of the misguided conservative anxiety that talking about homosexuality can "turn" children gay.
The Crusades evoke a romantic image of medieval knights, chivalry, romance and religious high-mindedness.
Representing even the Crusades as wars between Christians and Muslims is a gross oversimplification and a misreading of history.
Islamic State fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province.
Despite what we're told, religion isn't inherently peaceful. People kill in the name of their religion, just as they love in its name.
With moralistic gods watching, it’s easier to be fair and cooperative.
For human groups to grow from small, intimate communities to the huge interconnected societies we know now, people needed to be willing to cooperate with strangers. Religion might have played a big role.
Protesters gather outside the recent Anglican church meeting.
The Anglican church has been criticised for standing against gay marriage, but it has taken a positive step on an issue that many activists see as more important.
Anglican Dean of Brisbane Peter Catt is one of several Australian church leaders to promise sanctuary to asylum seekers.
The church’s assertion of sanctuary will stimulate debate about the morality and justice of Australia's current laws with regard to asylum seekers.