Iran is becoming more secular.
A huge new online survey of Iranians reveals only 40% identify as Muslim.
Only a handful of tourists at the usually busy St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
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As religious sites put pilgrimages on hold, a whole industry in travel, transport and accommodation takes a hit.
Trump prays at the Values Voter Summit, a conference for social conservatives, in December 2019.
Evangelicals used to stay out of party politics. No longer.
Autocomplete is a search engine function that tries to predict the terms being entered into the search bar, and offers suggestions for related searches.
Our brains use a function similar to a search engine's autocomplete feature, but sometimes we get it wrong.
An Islamic Society of North America Mosque community member hands out candy to children in a drive-through Eid celebration in Mississauga, Ont., on May 24, 2020.
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The public broadcast in Canada of the call to prayer during Ramadan this year caused some tensions. What the preliminary research has shown however, is that it wasn't the noise people objected to.
Donald Trump poses with Bible at a moment of national crisis.
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In appearing with Bible in hand at the time of crisis, Trump is signaling his position as defender of traditional values, while 'othering' detractors. Russia's Putin and India's Modi have done similar things.
As the pandemic continues with Easter on the horizon, physical distancing means that many churches are closed and in-person religious ceremonies are paused.
Will a pandemic cause more people to return to Christianity or will the closure of churches become permanent?
For people of faith, for whom communal prayer and service are central to their beliefs, the need to stay away from each other is particularly challenging.
A portrait from 1868 of abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
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Among Tubman's most daring feats was helping slaves escape. She believed she went into trances and had visions. These, to her, were God's way of guiding her, which made her quite fearless.
The fictional universe of superheroes can teach us about what motivates some of us to believe in gods.
Superheroes may be able to regenerate and fly through walls, but their supernatural qualities differ from those of spiritual beings that attract religious devotion.
The Muslim pilgrimage known as the hajj is both a religious mandate and a symbolic act of unity with Muslims worldwide.
Millions of Muslims will convene in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 9. The annual five-day pilgrimage, known as the hajj, is required of all Muslims who can physically and financially make the journey.
Honouring religious freedom and behaving faithfully in public not only protect the rights of individuals but also safeguard the integrity of democratic governments.
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.
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.
These psychological adaptations help us to sustain belief in religion.
What might have motivated the young missionary killed on a remote island in India?
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In their zeal to evangelize the world, at the end of 19th century, young families were sent overseas with little to no training in anything beyond the Bible and no promise of funding.
An Anglican priest teaching climate change is often asked about the difference between science and faith.
An Anglican priest teaching about climate change says people have a naïve view of how science really works.
Researchers have identified six broad groups of young people categorised by their 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.
We urgently need to contemplate the myths we tell about ourselves and technology as a way of evaluating the relationship between the two.
Does your morality come from your religion? Not really. Trafalgar Square (Stop B), London, United Kingdom.
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.
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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.