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Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Off-beat Zen

How I found my way out of depression, thanks to the writings of the English priest who brought Buddhism to the West

Tim Lott

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/Neuroscience

The god effect

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

Patrick McNamara

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/Philosophy of Religion

The atheist paradox

Now that Christianity is the dominant religion on the planet, it is unbelievers who have most in common with Christ

Adam Roberts

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/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/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/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/Religion

Religion without belief

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

Christopher Kavanagh

Essay/Ethics

Godless yet good

There’s something in religious tradition that helps people be ethical. But it isn’t actually their belief in God

Troy Jollimore

Idea/Philosophy of Religion

How much does it matter whether God exists?

Nathan Schneider

Idea/History of Ideas

If Aquinas is a philosopher then so are the Islamic theologians

Peter Adamson

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/Evolution

Still seeking omega

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

John Farrell

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/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

Idea/History of Ideas

When philosophy needed Muslims, Jews and Christians alike

Peter Adamson

Video/Philosophy of Religion

Religion helps forge communities and gives us purpose. How will we replace it?

3 minutes

Essay/Philosophy of Religion

Silent communion

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

Christopher Harding

Idea/Philosophy of Religion

Belief in supernatural beings is totally natural – and false

Stephen Law

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

Idea/Religion

Understanding other religions is fundamental to citizenship

Kenneth Primrose

Video/Evil

What, if anything, makes an all-good god less absurd than an all-evil one?

4 minutes

Video/Stories & Literature

Hinduism has not just one creation story, but many – one for each universe

2 minutes

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/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

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Video/Philosophy of Religion

How wonder – the linchpin of inspiration and inquiry – makes humans unique

4 minutes

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

Idea/Philosophy of Religion

What can we learn from the mediaeval attitude to pagans?

John Marenbon