Most functions attributed to the soul can be explained by the brain.
Many people believe they have a soul. But for psychologists, who study behaviour, it is not so much that souls do not exist, it is that there is no need for them.
in Australia, marriage is regulated by the state, not the church.
The role of religion in marriage has been distorted, helping the 'no' case for same-sex marriage to attract more attention than it deserves.
Mother Theresa in 1991.
Mother Teresa will become a saint on Sunday, on the basis of two miracles of healing. But let's not remove our thinking caps and go all medieval: we should be wary of uncritical endorsement of claims to the miraculous.
A women is more than what she wears.
The hijab is not a sign of control.
Religious teachers can feel uncomfortable explaining the science of evolution to their pupils.
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.
Muslims across France and Italy attended mass in the wake of the attack on a priest in Rouen.
Local collaborations between the fiercely secular state and religious groups have a long history.
A guard of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside Fatih mosque.
Unexpected calls to prayer from mosques in Turkey caught many off guard on the night of the attempted coup. An ethnomusicologist explains the political and social power of sound.
There is a large Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
The Trump campaign is adding groups of untapped, swing state voters to its Trump playbook. A political scientist examines whether the Amish vote in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio can be swung.
Bob Marley’s album ‘Legend’ is still an international bestseller.
Bob Marley is one of those rare artists who continues to touch the hearts of millions of people across the world, even though he died more than three decades ago.
Family murder was understood as a sign of larger ills.
During the 1980s, press coverage of South African family murders suggested that something was ‘wrong’ with white society – and with the white Afrikaans men who were usually seen as perpetrators.
Nice attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel exemplifies how quickly ideology can be adopted.
Most cults build upon or modify existing religious doctrine, yet how they express these beliefs varies from group to group.
Police guard the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray after a priest was killed.
France needs to find a place for Islam in its fiercely secular state.
The car that was set ablaze outside Perth’s Thornlie Mosque. Offensive graffiti was also scrawled on a wall nearby.
Legislating against racial and religious vilification is highly fraught, as the ongoing debate around Section 18C has demonstrated, and unlikely to become less so any time soon.
According to a recent poll, 45 percent of Americans believe extraterrestrials have visited the Earth.
Raphael Terra, 'UFO Sunset.'
Whether it's Hillary Clinton's courting the UFO vote or Donald Trump's lending credibility to various conspiracy theories, the "triumph of reason" seems to have gone by the wayside.
A Hindu devotee prepares to participate in a fire-walking ceremony to honour the goddess Draupadi in Durban, 2011.
Religious conversion sometimes has the added bonus of upward social mobility. But for many in South Africa's Indian community it had the opposite effect.
We need to change our outlook if we are going to improve international relations.
A Hindu devotee prepares to participate in a fire-walking ceremony to honour the goddess Draupadi in Durban in 2011.
Since the 1920s Pentecostal churches have had a major impact in South Africa's Indian community. Their converts have grown larger than all the other Christian denominations put together.
How much tax – if any – do religious organisations pay in Australia?
Is it true that religious organisations are exempt from paying tax and from standard accounting and record-keeping obligations?
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The popular TV series encourages us to question how we understand identity and community in light of religion.
Peter Paul Rubens, Lot and his family escaping from the doomed city guided by an angel, circa 1615.
For Muslims generally, as for conservative Christians, homosexual acts are sinful. Christian gays and lesbians have had to work hard for a measure of recognition among fellow-believers; their Muslim counterparts are just beginning that struggle.