Ruins of the Tower of St Roch, or Tower of the Patriarch, following the 1755 Lisbon earthquake by Jacques-Philippe Le Bas.
The big questions don't get much bigger. After the Lisbon earthquake killed thousands, philosopher Voltaire took aim at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and skewered his view that God is good.
In the German town Winterbach, Catholic Church services are being streamed through YouTube.
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Faith communities are changing many traditional practices to deal with coronavirus restrictions. A historian of the Bible argues how innovation has long been part of religious practice.
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.
Umrah pilgrims pray near the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended pilgrimage to its holy sites. Many Muslims travel to these holy sites round the year for a pilgrimage known as Umrah. Here is what it means to their faith.
The Satanic Temple unveils a statue of Baphomet, a winged-goat creature, at a rally for the First Amendment in Little Rock, Arkansas, in August 2018.
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A group known as The Satanic Temple was started with the political goal of advocating for the value of church-state separation. This group is now challenging the traditional definition of religion.
Nietzche has a reputation as a bit of a downer, but there are upsides to dancing close to the abyss and embracing our mortality.
Migrant sitting alone in a playground.
Migrants benefit from attachment experiences that help them form a sense of belonging, build resilience and negotiate their quality of life.
Theologians deal with some serious questions. Here is Saint Augustine, a Christian theologian and philosopher.
Theologian Franz Bibfeldt may never have lived, but his legacy continues in many important ways – most of all not to take ourselves too seriously.
Deaf worshippers sign a hymn while following sign language interpreter Diely Martinez at Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz in New York City, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.
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Deaf Christians can often feel excluded in churches. But the Christian contemplative tradition that celebrates silence and considers it a form of prayer can bring a new understanding of faith.
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.
Can prayers bring rain to drought-stricken parts of the country? Our prime mInister hopes so.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked Australians to pray for rain, but can God answer prayers? And if He can, should He?
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In the Bible, heaven is where God resides, rather than a place of eternal life. But over time it has become conflated with ideas of paradise and eternal salvation.
Atheism is not a modern concept.
It might appear to many that atheism is a modern idea. However, in parts of Asia, particularly in India, atheism has been part of beliefs for thousands of years.
The 40-foot Peace Cross dedicated to World War I soldiers.
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A case regarding the constitutional validity of a cross shaped war memorial, is pending before the Supreme Court. An expert explains why these symbols have different meanings.
What came first – all-seeing Gods or complex societies?
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God only started watching over us quite recently, according to a new study that analysed 414 societies from 30 world regions.
Muslims praying in a Chicago mosque following the shooting in New Zealand, on Friday, March 15.
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Last Friday, Muslims were killed while praying at two mosques in New Zealand. For Muslims, Friday is the day of gathering, the most important prayer day of the week.
Southern Baptist Convention messengers hold signs during a rally protesting the convention’s treatment of women in 2018.
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Recent media reports point to years of sexual abuse by Southern Baptist pastors. An expert writes why a long culture of women's submission is responsible for this crisis.
A painting showing Saint Francis Borgia, a 16th century saint,, performing an exorcism.
Forty-five years ago, 'The Exorcist' terrified viewers with its portrayal of a practice that goes back several centuries and continues today in Christianity.
A sculpture of Meister Eckhart in Germany.
Meister Eckhart was a 14th-century Dominican friar, who gave sermons on the direct experience of God. His words are finding resonance among today’s spiritual seekers.
Missionary media has played an important role in shaping world news.
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Evangelist Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network has launched the first Christian 24-hour TV channel. History shows that missionary media has played a key role in providing information from around the world.