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Essay/Religion
Religion without belief

Most Japanese reject religious belief while embracing multiple forms of ritual practice. Are they religious or secular?

Christopher Kavanagh

Essay/Philosophy of Religion
Why pray?

Prayer occurs in many faiths. It stays recognisable despite its varied forms. It must be good for something – but what?

Benjamin Dueholm

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence
Immortality instinct

We have this powerful sense that death is a transition, not an end. Why can’t we imagine a world without us?

Natalie Emmons

Essay/Death
To heaven and back

Is the heaven tourism memoir spiritual kitsch for the superficial seeker, or an earnest attempt to wrestle with death?

Mya Frazier

Essay/Evolution
Still seeking omega

The Vatican still refuses to endorse evolutionary theory – setting a billion believers at odds with modern science

John Farrell

Essay/Philosophy of Religion
Inside the mind of God

Punitive Big Brother; cosmic petty-thief-catcher; vigilant landlord. Why is God so interested in bad behaviour?

Benjamin Grant Purzycki

Essay/History of Ideas
Can God lie?

Until the Scientific Revolution, God’s power included a licence to deceive. How did science make an honest man of Him?

Dallas G Denery II

Essay/Philosophy of Religion
Undercover atheists

Seduced by science and rationalism, yet tied to their families and communities, Hasidic atheists opt for a double life

Batya Ungar-Sargon

Essay/Philosophy of Religion
The host

The Communion wafer is food and symbol, relic and rite. In an age plagued by fears of disease, can it still help us connect?

Benjamin Dueholm

Essay/Art
Sacred art

Fra Angelico’s frescos inspired generations of devotion. Can religious art still work its magic on the godless?

Pelagia Horgan

Essay/Architecture & Landscape
Houses of the holy

Sacred structures needn’t be religious. Great buildings have a curious power to command reverence in any cultural setting

David Shariatmadari

Essay/Neuroscience
The god effect

Religion spawns both benevolent saints and murderous fanatics. Could dopamine levels in the brain drive that switch?

Patrick McNamara

Essay/Cultures & Languages
Russia’s sacred land

To understand Crimea, we need an evolutionary theory of national honour. It’s irrational and deadly – but it works

Peter Turchin

Essay/Philosophy of Religion
Silent communion

Christian meditation may sound like an uneasy hybrid, but that awkwardness is hiding something important

Christopher Harding

Essay/Knowledge
A drop in the sea

What are the odds that Jesus rose or Moses parted the waves? Even with the best witnesses, vanishingly small

Lawrence Shapiro

Essay/Art
How wonder works

One emotion inspired our greatest achievements in science, art and religion. We can manipulate it – but why do we have it?

Jesse Prinz

Essay/Cosmopolitanism
How to hobble religion

Contrary to popular belief, migration from Muslim countries is one reason why Europe is becoming more secular, not less

Ronan McCrea