Muslims around the world are fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Consumption increases during the month of Ramadan in countries where Muslims are the majority.
Not a helpful message.
In our ever more secular society, why does atheism still get a bad rep?
The debate about ethics classes in schools risks placing ethics in opposition to religion, whereas the classes will ultimately benefit all.
Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I’ve always found it a bit difficult to take men who go to work wearing silk dresses, lots of jewellery, and improbably large hats terribly seriously. Plenty of people…
Recognizing death’s inevitability, people find comfort in their beliefs.
Why are atheists deemed as untrustworthy as rapists?
Reaching the faithful – and many others.
For people who take the Bible seriously – not only Catholics – the pope's encyclical on climate change and the environment will change minds.
Australia’s reaction to revelations that its citizens were fighting for IS follows a pattern of intellectual and state fear-mongering.
If governments are to maintain public support for their military ventures, war narratives must be kept simple and consistent. The underlying message must not change: the West is always the innocent victim of terrorism, never its perpetrator.
Showing his stripes: visiting a favela in Brazil in 2013.
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The pope's encyclical turns climate change into a moral discussion by focusing on the disproportionate impact of climate change on poor countries and regions.
Australians are surprisingly bad at thinking about the place of religion in society.
Australia has an apparent conflict between religious freedom and sexual anti-discrimination legislation. It is particularly prominent in three areas: marriage, education, and social service provision.
A miniature orc from the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
When conspiracy theorists label games and literature "Satanic," what does it say about their own imaginations and ability to engage in play?
Moral commands are the commands of a unique, external, eternal agent.
If the commands of reason really do require a god, then that god exists beyond reasonable doubt. Agree? Disagree? Read on ...
What possesses a Queensland teenager like Oliver Bridgeman to go to fight in Syria? Online propaganda is not an adequate explanation on its own.
Simplistic views of terrorist recruitment focus on online messages to Western youth. Foreign fighters are coming from many other countries, lured by many means, and we need more sophisticated responses.
The earliest sources, including Paul’s letters, show very little interest in the mythological details of heavenly existence.
Wikimedia Commons/ Probably Valentin de Boulogne: Saint Paul Writing His Epistles.
Interpretations of Paul the apostle's texts provided the basic fund of imagery that continues to inform popular opinion about what Christians mean when they talk about "heaven", or "hell".
Which religion fits you?
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Choosing your religion – it's not as simple as picking a career path.
Ultimately, whether or not you consider Australia to be secular depends on the definition of secularism used.
Australia has a form of secularism where religion is allowed in the public sphere. As long as religion remains one voice and one option among many, the nation will still be secular.
Religion can be a force for peace, the goal of these Australian religious leaders, or conflict – the believer and not the religion itself bears the responsibility.
There are religious and non-religious extremists and we should not confuse violent believers with religion itself, which has a long history of peacemaking.
The Dalai Lama has been coy about his successor.
An elaborate and lengthy selection process is in danger of being co-opted by the Chinese government.
People continue to marry less – and later – in life.
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The Southern Baptist church is making a strong push to buck a societal trend. Should others follow suit?
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The workplace is a key site for religion's expression and constraint – and the law is playing catch up to public sentiment on its rightful role.
The proposition that Easter is a 100% Christian affair is manifestly unsustainable.
The proposition that Easter is a 100% Christian affair is manifestly unsustainable. It shows an ignorance of history. Worse, it shows a failure to understand the way religious traditions work.