religion and life
Islamic State promoting “sexual jihad”
ISIS is recruiting women as temporary brides, a practice which revolts even many Muslim preachers.
The reason for the season
Christmas Day 2000 years ago really did change the world for ever.
Sydney siege shows the rise of a new extremism
Muslims must not be blamed for the atrocities of a group of criminals and psychopaths.
How have Syrian rebels become so radical?
An expert on Syria says that young people are attracted by a simplistic and delusional ideology.
Muslim leaders face a dilemma
Can Muslim leaders condemn the terrorism of ISIS without endangering their own lives and the integrity of the Qur’an?
The great reformer
A biographer of Pope Francis reflects upon his career as a reforming leader.
What the fall of the Wall did not change
It is difficult to remember how seductive Marxism was and how frightening Soviet power was.
Canadian rampage is tip of iceberg
Middle East Christians are being slaughtered by radical Islamists, says a Canadian journalist.
Egyptian Christians cautiously optimistic
Under the new military-backed president, they may be allowed to build churches.
A joyful, crowded 21st century pilgrimage
If religion is on the wane it is was not evident in Madrid or Rome earlier this month.
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.
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