Culture and Review

  • 10 Apr 2010

    A statue of the Virgin Mary that part-survived the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki is to be exhibited in New York ahead of an international non-proliferation conference.

  • 7 Apr 2010

    From Pope Pius IX to Benedict XVI, the Vatican now has online 142 years of documents, including unofficial texts relating to the period during the Second World War.

  • 5 Apr 2010

    "Choice" in all things, including religion, has become an American mantra, says Martin Marty. But what does it mean, how healthy is an increasing profusion of choices, and what will Anabaptists have to say to all this?

  • 1 Apr 2010

    An exhibit in New York illuminates the complex relationship between Christians and Jews in medieval Spain and shows how art was often a cooperative, interfaith enterprise.

  • 29 Mar 2010

    In the matter of clerical abuse, justice must be done, says Martin Marty. But how and by whom the story gets told also matters. So why have Protestants and other Christians been so relatively quiet on the Catholic crisis?

  • 23 Mar 2010

    The aftermath of the Haiti earthquake disaster may be slipping from the media radar but fundraising for the victims and for rebuilding the country is still going strong.

  • 19 Mar 2010

    Loud demands for special concessions from society come from those who insist on their own strength, says Simon Jones. Instead, Christians should meet those who argue with them as equals, rescinding historical claims to authority. What strength is left, then, is God’s, he says.

  • 18 Mar 2010

    We are in for another intense round of “God vs. God,” “Our God vs. Their God,” “Good God vs. Bad God=Devil", says Martin Marty. The mimetic "them and us" rivalry underlying this is profoundly spiritually (and physically) damaging.

  • 4 Mar 2010

    Like some scriptural stories, Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated film 'Inglourious Basterds' is an extravagant revenge fantasy-cum-joke. But who's laughing, asks Mark Bilby, why and to what affect?

  • 4 Mar 2010

    A Church of Scotland parish church will be bathed in chocolate for Lent on Sunday 7 March. But as well as the sweetness, there's a more serious message about sacrificial service of others being the true 'reason for the season'.

  • 24 Feb 2010

    In argument we attack and defend on the basis of positions we know and hold. Conversations are determined by questions in which we inquire also about what we don’t, and can entertain the new, says Martin Marty. Nowhere is such an approach needed more than in the vociferously contested debate about sexuality.

  • 23 Feb 2010

    Once they were for banking. Now churches use them. Fredrick Nzwili of ENI reports on how mobile phone technology is opening up new possibilities for churches in Africa, overcoming the technology gap and encouraging congregations.

  • 18 Feb 2010

    Actor Adjoa Andoh, who stars in the new Academy Award-nominated movie Invictus, alongside Morgan Freeman, is supporting Christian Aid’s Count Your Blessings Lent campaign for 2010.

  • 16 Feb 2010

    Even without the 3D effects, Avatar is still an impressive film, says Hannah Kowszun. However there is a bitter irony in a film which extols the virtues of simple living and condemns greed becoming the highest-grossing blockbuster of all time.

  • 16 Feb 2010

    One of the outstanding sculptures of the week-long Sapporo Snow Festival in the far north of Japan is of the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany, says Hisashi Yukimoto. It is a testimony to reconciliation and overcoming division and violence, as well as artistic endeavour.