Simchat Torah is about more than beginning to read the Torah all over again. It’s about the need to reexamine what we think we know, over and over again.
The Bible is full of stories about migrants. That doesn’t mean it has a simple takeaway message about them.
Samaritans still live in Israel, where they are often caught between Israeli and Palestinian identities.
The centrality of religion as a governing principle is cause for concern given the reversals of women’s rights seen globally.
Academics and religious leaders address the role of faith and community in managing mental health issues in young people and society as a whole.
A scholar of the ancient Near East explains how loan forgiveness was handled thousands of years ago in the Bible and royal decrees.
Faith can inform opinions about abortion on both sides of the political debate, but the Bible itself says nothing directly about the topic, a biblical scholar explains.
The field of ‘monster studies’ looks at how texts reflect ideas about what’s evil, weird or scary.
Christian support for legislation prohibiting abortion is a cultural and political stance. It has nothing to do with the Bible.
The Catholic Church considers St. Joseph a role model of fatherhood and faith. In many countries, Father’s Day is celebrated on his feast day.
Sydney Diocese opposition to same-sex marriage is rejected by other diocese at the General Synod- a move that may see the church fracture.
Two scholars of fundamentalism and creationism explain what they found when they visited the Ark Encounter, an evangelical theme park in Kentucky,
Easter and Passover begin on the same weekend this year. This is an opportunity to revisit misconceptions about Jesus’s ministry and to address anti-Jewish uses of Christian scripture.
Classic literature is full of themes that speak to refugees’ experience today, from the Book of Exodus to ‘The Grapes of Wrath.’
The Bible and its laws were complex and not practiced in the way many of us think about laws today.
A scholar who studies biblical texts explains how the Bible, its laws, and ancient debates were set within a complex vision of society at that time.
Apocalyptic thinking undermines democracy because it delegitimizes political opponents, turning them into enemies of God.
Two Christmas traditions – those around the birth of Jesus and Santa who brings gifts to all – contain strong elements of magic.
Not unlike gospel music, death metal seems heavily preoccupied with spiritual matters. Does this mean Death Metal is a form of spiritual music?
When death is looming, the warmth of a held hand can communicate deeply where words fail.