religion and life
The castle of backwardness
A Saudi scholar laments his culture’s aversion to rational discourse.
How does sharia law fit into Western law?
Most Muslims obey both the law of the land and the sharia, since obedience to legitimate authority is a sharia requirement.
A ray of light through the clouds
We need saints to dispel the miasma of evil. Alvaro del Portillo was one of them.
How Israel can bring peace to the world
"A light unto the nations" should accommodate all creeds and peoples, says a Jewish psychologist.
The illusion of neutrality
The secular state cannot be neutral in matters of religion.
It’s time to take the Islamic State seriously
It believes that terror is a legitimate way to achieve world peace.
Leading young men astray
The arguments of Islamic fundamentalists are full of contradictions, muddled thinking and manipulation.
The Islamic State is not “mediaeval”; it’s just cruel and brutal
The Middle Ages were no more violent than what came before or afterwards.
In Nigeria, a dialogue of life brings religious groups together
“We are not just fighting each other – that is a caricature of our country,” says an archbishop.
Islam’s moderate voices drowned out by extremists
The overwhelming majority of Muslims want nothing to do with terrorism.
After 65 years, is China ready to embrace the Pope?
The Church has sought engagement with China since the 13th century and will not give up anytime soon.
Iraq’s Yazidis are on the brink of genocide – who will save them?
ISIS militants may be massacring an Iraqi sect.
Iraq: death of a multicultural nation
Iraq’s social diversity is disappearing as ISIS fighters rampage through the country.
Persecution of Christians contradicts idea of a Caliphate
In the glory days of the Caliphate, Muslims and Christians lived side by side.
“Mission accomplished”: Italy welcomes Meriam Ibrahim
Has Sudan really learned a lesson about religious freedom?
Terrified Christians driven out of Mosul
The Islamic State is expelling Christians from its newly-won territory.
Of astrophysics and atheism
Why we need religion in the space age.
The muddled iconography of women bishops
A Church of England decision adds to the confusion about the meaning of priesthood.
The desperate dream of the Islamic Caliphate
Most Muslims look upon the proclamation of a caliphate as preposterous.
To the shores of Tripoli
From the very beginning, the US could not avoid "foreign entanglements".
What the Supreme Court did (and didn’t do) to religious freedom last week
It's hardly a threat to civil liberties.
The homegrown jihadist
What drives a 19-year-old American girl into the arms of some of the world's most vicious terrorists?
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