How did blockbuster horror films such as ‘The Exorcist’ help the church warm to the controversial ritual?
Lucian’s work provides insight into the second-century Roman world, which fostered multilingualism and multiculturalism.
Jurors can perceive events in a video in different ways – one of which depends on how the evidence is presented in court, a media scholar explains.
Pope Benedict XVI led the Catholic Church at a crucial time and had to confront a growing sexual abuse scandal.
A scholar of Middle Eastern cultural traditions explains the history and significance of the bisht.
Hotei, a Japanese god who carries a large sack, has come to be identified with Santa Claus – except that he brings the goodies on New Year’s Day instead of Christmas.
As Christmas approaches, Nativity scenes showing three wise men visiting the newborn Jesus are put up around the world. A scholar of Christian literature offers an explanation on their identity.
Gratitude and praise are not only some of the most common themes in Christian music, but also some of the oldest.
Despite a growing number of non-religious Americans, self-declared atheists are few and far between in the halls of power – putting the US at odds with other global democracies.
An anthropologist explains how years of conflict have made Ukrainians reassess their priorities and relationships.
An expert on grief says give people space and time to come to terms with loss and don’t expect them to need – or want – ‘closure.’
A sociologist explains that the ability to claim transgender identities in India may appear progressive, but this can further marginalize historically stigmatized gender-nonconforming groups.
Over centuries, theory on just war has developed six main criteria for assessing conflicts.
Melville’s epic novel about life aboard a wayward whaling ship holds lessons for the climate crisis today.
A food historian spent a month at the Library of Congress trying to answer the question of why we have historically been, and remain, so focused on dietary protein. Here is what she found.
Punishment for crimes allows a society to express its values, but a theorist of criminal law and punishment argues it could also reinforce prejudicial stereotypes about racial and ethnic groups.
More houses of worship are offering mental health programs, especially African American congregations.
COVID-19 has intensified wanderlust – but also the need for mindful, ethical travel.
From Germany to Georgetown, the Global North has a lot to learn about reckoning successfully with past human rights wrongs.
Religion affects how people regard qualities like benevolence, kindness, conformity and fairness even after they stop practicing religion.