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.
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.
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.
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.
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.