• Articles

  • Appreciating the Logic of Religious Metaphysics

    Daniel Ansted 6 October 2017

    Most everyone has a metaphysical system– a preformed understanding of how the world operates. Do you believe in ghosts or… read more

  • Politicians Need Not Make Promises. If They Do, They Should Not Always Keep Them

    Hugh McLachlan 6 October 2017

    It is a commonly accepted view nowadays that the election manifestos of political parties and USA presidential candidates should contain… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tackling Conflict in a Religiously Diverse World

    Edward Kessler 6 December 2016

    The UK has seen a remarkable increase in the number of people describing themselves as non-religious. They now make up… read more

  • Religious Pluralism and The Satanic Temple

    Daniel Ansted 10 August 2016

    The Satanic Temple (TST ) is a politically motivated religious organization that opposes any policy that privileges any particular religion (a.k.a… read more

  • Religion and Horror: Unexpected Compatibility

    Gavin Hurley 24 July 2016

    My colleagues are baffled. To them, my interests appear ambivalent—or at the very least, enigmatic. How can a guy be… read more

  • Let’s Consider Editing Genes and Creating Chimeras

    Hugh McLachlan 16 July 2016

    Some people have a strongly felt objection to the creation of ‘chimeras’ i.e. organisms formed by a mixture of genetically… read more

  • The Trump Delusion

    Andrew Grey 13 July 2016

    Lots of Christians have an issue with Donald Trump. The pastor of a Presbyterian church he attended in Iowa earlier… read more

  • Theism, Atheism and Wishful Thinking

    Stephen Graham 12 July 2016

    Thomas Nagel once commented: “I want atheism to be true. . . It isn’t just that I don’t believe in… read more

  • “But if you’re not religious then why are you studying it?”

    Francesca Jones 12 July 2016

    “So what are you studying at university?”… there it is, right there, the dreaded question. This question is not only… read more

  • Justin Welby’s so-called apology

    Andrew Grey 16 January 2016

    This week had the potential to provide healing to thousands. All the LGBT Christians or non-Christians, or their loved ones, who’ve… read more

  • Bishops are allies to – not enemies of – progressive causes

    Andrew Grey 16 December 2015

    The House of Lords is deeply unpopular amongst many progressives. For them, it is an archaic affront to democracy; a… read more

  • Religious Persecution Can Both Unite and Divide Religious Communities

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 13 December 2015

    In a moving homily delivered in June 2015, the Pope described the persecution of Christians by the Islamic State and… read more

  • Religion Can Be Rational

    Daniel Ansted 2 September 2015

    Daniel Ansted considers whether religion can be rational. Almost everyone has a metaphysical system– a preformed understanding of how the… read more

  • Lessons from Srebrenica – 20 Years On

    Laura Jones 7 July 2015

    11th July 2015 marks 20 years since the Srebrenica massacre in which over 8000 Bosnian Muslims were brutally killed in… read more

  • David Cameron

    Rethinking Radicalisation

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 13 May 2015

    There is a theory popularised by the Quilliam Foundation that becoming a terrorist is like stepping onto a conveyor belt.… read more

  • 7 Out of 10 People are Sick of Surveys

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 5 May 2015

    “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics” according to Benjamin Disraeli, as quoted by Mark Twain. Disraeli perhaps didn’t have… read more

  • We Need to Look After the Welfare of our Clergy

    Andrew Grey 5 May 2015

    If you’re not Christian, what comes to your mind when you hear of a “clergyman” or “priest”? Do you imagine… read more

  • Religious Pluralism is God’s Will

    Rabbi Allen Maller 5 May 2015

    Most college students have at one time or another asked, ‘If there is only one God why are there so… read more

  • Justice with Mercy for Criminals

    Andrew Grey 5 May 2015

    Dead Man Walking is one of the most powerful films I’ve ever seen. For readers who are unfamiliar with the… read more

  • Five Tips to Critique Religion Intelligently

    Daniel Ansted 5 May 2015

    Daniel Ansted considers how non-believers can critique religion without causing hurt. Intelligent religious critiques are needed now more than ever.… read more

  • Faithwashing ISIS

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 20 February 2015

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed argues we need to see ISIS in the cold light of day, and not the heated rhetoric of… read more

  • Can the Church of England Attract Young People Again?

    Andrew Grey 16 February 2015

    Andrew Grey argues the Church of England should ignore gimmicks and attract the youth with its authentic message. The Church… read more

  • The Future of RE in the UK

    Rabbi Jonathan Romain 16 February 2015

    Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain considers the changes to Religious Education proposed by the government. Sometimes molehills can grow into mountains,… read more