• Articles

  • Prehistoric carving of a "lion man"

    Living with Gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond.

    Dr Ian Parker Heath 9 January 2018

    Dr Ian Parker Heath reviews the “Living With the Gods” exhibition at the The British Museum It is no easy… read more

  • Why the Charity Commission is Wrong to Say Jediism is Not a Religion

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 7 January 2018

    This article was written to be a script for a On Religion VoiceNote, but grew too long, and rather than… read more

  • Great and Little Jediism

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 7 January 2018

    “I am one with the Force, the Force is with me” Opinion is split – this is either the most… 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

  • Changing Attitudes in Church in Wales

    Manon Ceridwen James 6 October 2017

    As a campaigning group wanting full equality for LGBT+ in the Church in Wales, we, the Changing Attitude Trawsnewid Agwedd… read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Who are Britain’s Muslims?

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 12 August 2016

    An introduction to Muslim denominations and religious diversity by Abdul-Azim Ahmed A Sufi, a Salafi, a member of the Tablighi… read more

  • The Changing Nature of Faith in Britain

    Alex Klaushofer 29 July 2016

    Mainstream thinking about religion in Britain is in a curious place. On one side are the atheists, loudly proclaiming that… 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

  • Religion in a post-Secular post-Christian Britain

    Abdul-Azim Ahmed 12 July 2016

    A summary of the report issued by the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life A familiar flurry… read more

  • Misconceived – Editorial for Issue 13

    Laura Jones 12 July 2016

    Islam is a violent religion. Or at least that is what you might think if your only source of information… read more

  • Faith and Feminism Can Make Strange Bedfellows

    Niamh Middleton 12 February 2016

    As someone who was once an atheistic feminist but became something of a ‘born-again’ Christian in middle age, I now… 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