A drop in the sea
What are the odds that Jesus rose or Moses parted the waves? Even with the best witnesses, vanishingly small
Shamanic powers of insight and the power to bring order out of chaos. Is the detective a priestly figure for our times?
I contradict myself
I am an atheist and a Quaker. Does it matter what I believe, when I recognise that religion is something I need?
How wonder works
One emotion inspired our greatest achievements in science, art and religion. We can manipulate it – but why do we have it?
How to hobble religion
Contrary to popular belief, migration from Muslim countries is one reason why Europe is becoming more secular, not less
Ladder to heaven
I have turned away from the church but, up on Mount Athos, I turned on to the mysteries of Orthodox meditation
A right to believe?
You are entitled to believe what you will, but your beliefs must be subject to criticism and scrutiny just like mine
The Arab Spring began in Tunisia, and now its artists and dancers are keeping the flame of protest alive
Environmental activists have been jailed, persecuted and spied on. What fuels such an absolute commitment to a cause?