From the earliest years of Christianity, some people have been recognised as having lived exceptionally holy lives.
For Wiccans, midsummer, with the maximum hours of sunlight, is the time for celebrating new life.
A professor of religion and science explains different views on immortality, from the religious perspective of President Jimmy Carter to the scientific, secular take of Carl Sagan.
A scholar of Christian spirituality argues that prayers are meant to bring together a faith community – something apps aren’t likely to achieve.
Two sociologists conducted interviews with atheist scientists and found that their views on religion are not as strident as the public perceives. Some even go to church.
A religion scholar explains how evangelicalism in the US is not a monolith. It includes a a variety of churches, theologies and practices.
A scholar of religion explains what those who fast for health and fitness can learn from religious traditions for a sustained, deeper and lifelong practice.
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.
The New York Times’ 1619 project and Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission had very different interpretations of US history. Similarly, the Bible has more than one narrative.
If God could break the laws of physics, why haven’t we seen any evidence of the laws ever being broken in the universe?
Although millions voted to put her face on the bill in an online poll, many still don’t know the story of her life and the role faith played in it.
Is the distinction between insanity and religion a mere semantic quibble?
The Vatican has clarified that Pope Francis’ support of civil unions did not change church doctrine. A theologian explains what Francis is doing is departing from Catholic rhetoric on the family.
The things we find hard to balance during COVID-19 – individual freedoms versus the group, accountability versus blame, science versus personal beliefs – are centuries old and deeply human.
Trump recently suggested that a vote for Biden would hurt God. Religion scholars explain what, in Christian theology, it would take to injure the creator.
What if the being responsible for creating our world wasn’t God, but some far lesser, far more fallible being like a scientist or video game designer?
To keep congregations safe, religious services must take a different approach.
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.
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.