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Essay/Ethics

The limits of tolerance

A religious worldview cannot expect the same kinds of tolerance as racial, gender, or sexual identities. Here’s why

Paul Russell

Video/Subcultures

Utopian communities rarely last. How have the Hutterites done it over four centuries?

28 minutes

Essay/Subcultures

What is a cult?

Cults are exploitative, weird groups with strange beliefs and practices, right? So what about regular religions then?

Tara Isabella Burton

Video/Subcultures

Deep faith and rough rides – life at an evangelical rodeo Bible camp

23 minutes

Video/Values & Beliefs

An urban cowboy rides through gang-ridden streets, preaching a gospel of redemption

7 minutes

Essay/Religion

Monks with guns

Westerners think that Buddhism is about peace and non-violence. So how come Buddhist monks are in arms against Islam?

Michael Jerryson

Idea/Religion

Understanding other religions is fundamental to citizenship

Kenneth Primrose

Essay/Religion

Christians were strangers

How an obscure oriental cult in a corner of Roman Palestine grew to become the dominant religion of the Western world

Michael Kulikowski

Video/Music

Melody, rhythm and piety: the rich forms and meanings of Indian classical music

17 minutes

Idea/Religion

Black atheists matter: how women freethinkers take on religion

Christopher Cameron

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Video/Religion

Why some Chinese millennials are taking up the hermit’s life in the mountains

11 minutes

Idea/History

Before Indiana Jones came Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron

Blake Smith

Essay/Religion

Religion without belief

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

Christopher Kavanagh

Idea/History

What happened when a Muslim student went to Cambridge in 1816

Nile Green

Idea/Political Philosophy

Charisma is a mysterious and dangerous gift

John Potts

Essay/Religion

Against Muslim unity

Even the pilgrimage to Mecca exposes the myth of a united Islam and the formative power of the wider world

Faisal Devji

Essay/Religion

Is God a silverback?

Protective, omnipotent, scary and very territorial. The monotheistic God is modelled on a harem-keeping alpha male

David P Barash

Video/Rituals & Celebrations

The Japanese festival that’s one of the world’s most spectacular – and dangerous

2 minutes

Essay/History

Six centuries of secularism

When the first ‘how-to’ books began to explain the way the world worked, they paved the way for science and secularism

William Eamon

Essay/History

Medieval graffiti

Graffiti on the walls of Europe’s old churches reveals the real Middle Ages – a world far removed from knights and damsels

Matthew Champion

Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

How human sacrifice helped to enforce social inequality

Joseph Watts

Essay/History

American secular

The founding moment of the United States brought a society newly freed from religion. What went wrong?

Sam Haselby

Idea/History

The medieval senses were transmitters as much as receivers

Chris Woolgar

Essay/Religion

Spare the rod

Christian Domestic Discipline and the erotics of religious submission raise the possibility of a new concept of God

Tara Isabella Burton

Essay/Religion

Islam’s forgotten bohemians

With its subversive poetry, rejection of politics, and ecstatic rituals, Sufi Islam continues to surprise and to thrive

Nile Green

Idea/Human Rights

The strange, short career of Judeo-Christianity

Gene Zubovich

Video/Religion

Fort Dix and FBI entrapment – a suspect victory in the War on Terror

12 minutes

Video/Stories & Literature

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

2 minutes

Idea/History

Why ISIS hates the Sufis and blows up their shrines

Nile Green

Idea/Demography & Migration

The French football team and the contest for a diverse nation

Tony Karon