Public health officials and religious conservatives fought over church closures. Data now shows that those who attended worship more frequently in the pandemic reported higher rates of the virus.
Excommunicating a church member, like 'canceling' someone on social media, serves to cleanse the body politic of behavior deemed damaging, suggests a scholar of political theology.
Famine was a constant threat during biblical times. The authors of the Old Testament used it to explain God's wrath, but also as a narrative device.
Religious voters have long, historical ties to particular parties, but the changing nature of politics is shifting their allegiances.
Many Australians believe in the existence of the soul. Here is a brief guide to how the five major world religions imagine the soul's origin and journey.
Although many modern people tend to see 'magic' and 'religion' as separate, magic was actually integral to the development of Christianity.
Practicing Islam was banned in Spain after the Catholic conquest but recent discoveries prove that Muslims continued eating traditions in secret.
It's the 'religion of peace', with a long history of warlike behaviour.
At least one in 10 LGBTQA+ Australians are still vulnerable to religion-based practices to change or suppress their sexuality or gender identity.
Christian nationalists are far less likely to be vaccinated than other groups, research has found. Some evangelical leaders are trying to counter vaccine misinformation.
The mass production of religious items such as rosaries and holy cards poses a problem for the curators of religious artifacts at libraries and museums. How do you dispose of unwanted donations?
A revisionist reading of reality, in which social and political events are only understood by a chosen few, is the basis of the QAnon gospel.
The ethics of idleness have been debated for thousands of years.
What's fascinating about the latest Dead Sea Scrolls discovery is how it reflects the stories of those who wrote the ancient texts, those who kept them safe and the archaeologists who found them.
Hindu gods are not attractive images to be worn thoughtlessly.
Religious opposition over a link to abortions performed decades ago and misunderstandings about effectiveness could lead to a nightmare of angry patients and wasted vaccine.
As a PBS documentary explores the history of the Black Church, a scholar looks at how African American congregations in Philadelphia weathered crises over 200 years.
Did Pope Joan exist? Probably not. But the legend had important resonances for the Catholic Church.
Nigeria's religious leaders can shape the environmental worldviews and behaviour of their congregations
If God could break the laws of physics, why haven't we seen any evidence of the laws ever being broken in the universe?