Culture and Review

  • 29 Sep 2010

    So sudden have been the marked trends showing disaffection from organised religion that leaders have not internalised the evidence, says Martin Marty. They need to wake up. “Being spiritual” alone is not going to help keep the stories, the language of ethics, and the pool of volunteers embedded in religious bodies thriving.

  • 16 Sep 2010

    The issue of book burning raised recently by a small church in Florida with its threats against the Qur'an touches sensitivities which are deeply felt by both religious and secular apprehensions, says Professor Chaiwat Satha-Anand. Unless we have the emotional and intellectual intelligence to understand what is at stake in this, we risk further fuelling deadly conflicts.

  • 13 Sep 2010

    While many of us have been holidaying, hate-mongering employing religion and ideology for its purposes, has been all the rage, says Martin Marty. Here he deconstructs evangelist Franklin Graham's recent pronouncements on Muslim genetics, competition for souls, Islam as killer, and scriptures.

  • 11 Sep 2010

    A collage of four alternative 9/11s can potentially serve as a map quest, showing us different pathways to resolving the tussle between co-existence and conflict, faith and reason, says Rajni Baksh.

  • 10 Sep 2010

    By all means let Catholics welcome the Pope to Britain and fund his visit, says Peter Tatchell. But whether he should be honoured with a State Visit at taxpayer's expense is another matter and raises a wider range of concerns.

  • 10 Sep 2010

    Every religion has their bad apples; entire orchards can become diseased, says Massachusetts Bible Society chief executive Anne Robertson. That's why we need to encourage and discover faithful living. As for the Islamic Cultural Center near Ground Zero, this will be a test of living together, she suggests.

  • 6 Sep 2010

    A fresco of Christ on the Kremlin Wall in Moscow rediscovered after being plastered over after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution has been presented to the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • 26 Aug 2010

    Blake's famous 'Ancient of Days' is popularly taken to be a depiction of God. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mark Vernon explores the extraordinary artist and poet's disturbing vision.

  • 19 Aug 2010

    A photo exhibition on cross-border traders in Southern Africa has put the spotlight on the need for the free movement of goods and peoples.

  • 16 Aug 2010

    Award-winning Anglo-Iranian comedian and actor Omid Djalili has accepted a new role as QuizAid Master for Christian Aid’s first ever Twitter Quiz.

  • 2 Aug 2010

    This spring the television series 'Lost', which achieved cult status over its six seasons, came to an end. Benjamin E. Zeller explores its religious themes and what it says about American religious culture.

  • 30 Jul 2010

    Interfilm North America, part of a global network which looks at the relationship between spirituality and modern movies, has launched its new website.

  • 27 Jul 2010

    What do Christians witness in the land of frequent pilgrimages but also of infrequent visions known popularly as 'the Holy Land', but riven with conflict? Harry Hagopian draws attention to the history and presence of indigenous Christian communities in the region through a personal exploration and pilgrimage.

  • 22 Jul 2010

    The willingness to stand out has brought about both a kind of ‘Jewish renaissance’ in Britain and also a very public discourse of insecurity, says Keith Kahn-Harris. But the resulting turbulence that has brought about some very positive outcomes.

  • 18 Jul 2010

    The curious case of "King James" LeBron, US basketball player, has produced not just manufactured outrage over disloyalty, but a veritable religious marketplace of allegiances connecting fans, idols and saviours, says M. Cooper Harriss. It can be seen as a peculiarly modern American version of idolatry.