Culture and Review

  • 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.

  • 9 Jul 2010

    Exorcism and 'deliverance ministries' targeted at gay people and others are on the rise in sections of the church, says Joseph Laycock. But perhaps it is the exchange in which both responsibility and autonomy are forfeited in favour of superstition which is the true “deal with devil.”

  • 6 Jul 2010

    Researchers have been looking at ‘Giving USA’ for 2009. While the category of religion may not always overwhelm casual readers of trend-reports, writes Martin E. Marty, religious giving is much watched. And there is much to watch and reflect on.

  • 24 Jun 2010

    Cheaply produced (if expensive to consume), Sarah Palin is a popular commodity whose religious saleability is evidenced by the merchandise generated around her, says Jeremy Biles. He compares and contrasts this phenomenon with that of the destroyed 'Touchdown Jesus' statue and asks what the iconography of faith says about actual belief.