• Articles

  • The Hijacking of Daoism in the West: how salesmen came to dominate the discourse of the Dao

    Robert James Coons 17 October 2017

    Daoism has a relatively short history in the west, with the first English language translation of the Dao De Jing… read more

  • The Mighty and the Almighty—Interview with Nick Spencer

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 October 2017

    Theos, the Christian think-tank, recently published a new work. The Mighty and the Almighty, which explores the relationship between Christian… read more

  • Religion and Law: Interview with Frank Cranmer

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 October 2017

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed interviews Frank Cranmer, who with David Pocklington, runs the popular Religion and Law blog online. AA: So why run… read more

  • The Politics of Interfaith Love in India

    John Fahy 23 July 2017

    On 2 May, a Muslim farmer, Gulam Mohammad, was lynched near a mango orchard in the small village of Sohi… read more

  • Why do Muslims Call the Islamic State “Khawarij”?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 23 July 2017

    During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan 2015, a brutal global triple attack sent shockwaves across the world. A massacre… read more

  • Death, Resurrection and Ascension: the Marvel Method

    Christopher Chiu-Tabet 7 July 2017

    How the Marvel Cinematic Universe has united directors religious and non-religious alike for an ongoing cycle of rebirth,written by Christopher… read more

  • Hipstianity – “When Church and Cool Collide”

    Emma Riches 30 June 2017

    Emma Riches speaks to Brett McCracken about hipsters, faith, and new religion. From coffee shops to clothing brands, Hipster style… read more

  • God and Grime – The Religious Literacy of British Hip Hop

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 30 June 2017

    “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world” famously said… read more

  • Jewish Leaders United In Rejecting Ban On Muslim Refugees

    Rabbi Allen Maller 15 February 2017

    President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from entering the USA left most of the American Jewish community horrified —… read more

  • Mythology in Samurai Jack

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 14 February 2017

    This decade hasn’t been a bad one for nostalgia. In the last few years, we’ve had new Star Wars, Pokemon… read more

  • Trump’s Prosperity Gospel

    Stephen Graham 24 January 2017

    Donald Trump’s inauguration was full of religious trappings: kicking off the day with a service and inviting several religious representatives… read more

  • iPhone and Rosary

    Sacred Synesthesia

    Luke Burns 15 January 2017

    I recently watched a documentary about a man with quite intense synesthesia, which allowed him to visualise numbers as complex… read more

  • Two Holy Lungs Breathing Spiritual Life Worldwide

    Rabbi Allen Maller 4 January 2017

    Rabbi Allen S. Maller’s reflections for 2017 In the pagan Greco-Roman Empire during the days of Jesus, the Jerusalem Temple… read more

  • Radicalized – Peter Neumann

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 December 2016

    Walking into my local Waterstone’s on one Saturday, I was greeted by an extensive display of books all about terrorism.… read more

  • A Buddhist Diet in London

    Ilona Smith 6 December 2016

    Food and practice around dietary requirements are common and important factors in every known religion. From what’s found in doctrines… read more

  • Our Holy Ground – John Morgans and Peter Noble

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 December 2016

    Gerald of Wales is famous for his medieval accounts of travelling through Wales. As clergyman and royal clerk, he accompanied… read more

  • Terror and Natural Law

    Jonathan Milevsky 6 December 2016

    In my prayers on Yom Kippur a few weeks ago, I included a plea for no more terror attacks around… read more

  • Stephen Timms MP: Interview on Faith and Politics

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 December 2016

    Stephen Timms has always been known as an MP strongly in favour of the role and contribution of faith in… read more

  • Qawwali: A Truly Mystical Encounter

    Kynaat Awan 6 December 2016

    Qawalli is a mystical form of music from the Sufi sect of Islam that has inspired people worldwide for centuries.… read more

  • Religious Ambiguity in The Exorcist

    Gavin Hurley 6 December 2016

    After years of optimistic denial, I finally admit it. A number of people—including people with premium pedigrees and advanced degrees—do… read more

  • Theodicy Revisited

    Stephen Graham 6 December 2016

    In my previous article (see Issue 13 of On Religion) I discussed one version of the problem of evil and… read more

  • Karen Armstrong: An Accidental Expert

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 December 2016

    It’s rare to have an opportunity to meet your heroes, and even rarer to have an opportunity to interview them.… read more

  • Hobbes, Rousseau and the Social Contract

    Polina Simakova / Agrippina Domanski 6 December 2016

    The Social Contract theory has evolved over the centuries, but its origins can be traced back to the Old Testament… read more

  • Sacred Politics—Trump, Brexit and Civil Religion

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 December 2016

    During the US elections, President-elect Trump’s comments about Muslims were uniquely inflammatory. He called for a ban on Muslims entering… read more

  • What is Religious Literacy? – Q&A with Adam Dinham

    On Religion Team 6 December 2016

    Religious literacy has increasingly become an important term. We need greater religious literacy according to the Commission on Religion and… read more

  • Should Prostitution be Banned because it is Exploitative?

    Hugh McLachlan 6 December 2016

    Religion invariably provides sexual ethics to its adherents. How, where, when, and with whom, one should engage in sexual relations… read more

  • Amidst Uncertainty – A New Place of Worship for Iraq’s Mandaeans

    Christopher De Bie 6 December 2016

    Back in May 2015, On Religion took at look at the plight of Iraq’s Mandaeans – the last practicing representatives… read more

  • Time for the Anti-Haters to Rise Up

    Rabbi Allen Maller 6 December 2016

    Here’s is the horrific reality of hate crimes in the United States. The FBI reported that hate crimes against Muslims… read more

  • On Growing Up Orthodox Jewish and Syrian Christian

    Nicole Abraham 6 December 2016

    My parents raised me with two religions- Orthodox Jewish on my Mum’s side and Syrian Christian on my Dad’s. Not… read more

  • Why Do We Always Compare Everything To Hitler?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 6 December 2016

    I keep a list called “Things Like Hitler.” Anytime someone compares something to Hitler, Nazism, or the rise of the… read more