Religion

Myth-making Isn’t the Right Way to ‘Indigenise’ Our Universities

Myth-making Isn’t the Right Way to ‘Indigenise’ Our Universities

Too often, the noble goal of reconciliation is being co-opted by those seeking to invent fake histories and advance politicized narratives.

Terry Moore and Carol Pybus
Terry Moore and Carol Pybus
16 min read
Indigenous History
The Alchemist Emperor of Prague

The Alchemist Emperor of Prague

As the Holy Roman Empire descended into religious conflicts, its Habsburg ruler surrounded himself with magicians, astrologers, and scryers.

Martyn Rady
Martyn Rady
7 min read
History
Pacifism and Papal Fallibility

Pacifism and Papal Fallibility

The Pope is a perverse sort of pacifist, not a man of peace.

Brian Stewart
Brian Stewart
7 min read
Politics
Imagine There’s No Svarga: Rediscovering Cārvāka, India’s 2,700-Year-Old Atheistic Tradition

Imagine There’s No Svarga: Rediscovering Cārvāka, India’s 2,700-Year-Old Atheistic Tradition

The Cārvākas considered only matter—that which could be sensed—to be real.

Kushal Mehra
Kushal Mehra
8 min read
Religion
How the Christian Bible Became Separated Into ‘Old’ and ’New’

How the Christian Bible Became Separated Into ‘Old’ and ’New’

There is no firmly established technical term for the Bible in Judaism. The Hebrew scriptures may simply be referred to as “the Bible,” and the term “Jewish Bible” is sometimes used to distinguish it from the Christian Bible. In Hebrew, terms such as miqra (“scripture”) or kitve haqqodesh (“sacred texts”

Konrad Schmid and Jens Schröter
Konrad Schmid and Jens Schröter
10 min read
Religion
From Playboy Sports Star to Islamist Politician: The Strange Turn of Imran Khan

From Playboy Sports Star to Islamist Politician: The Strange Turn of Imran Khan

The values trajectory of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is scarcely believable. Born into a well-to-do family in the new country of Pakistan, five years after the independence and partition of India, Khan received a prestigious education at the elite Aitchison College in Lahore and then at Oxford University. Like

Rumy Hasan
Rumy Hasan
5 min read
Politics
A Better Way to Lead Christians Away from Intimate Partner Violence

A Better Way to Lead Christians Away from Intimate Partner Violence

In April, the Anglican Church of Australia released a report summarizing research that it had commissioned into the prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) among its congregants. I was saddened, though not surprised, to learn that Anglican survey respondents reported having experienced IPV at a rate equal or higher to

Andrew Judd
Andrew Judd
7 min read
Domestic Violence
The Faith of Systemic Racism

The Faith of Systemic Racism

We hear constantly about the systemic racism coursing through America. Everything, we’re told, is shot through with hate. It does not matter if no white person ever has actually thought a hateful thought. The structure, or system, these innocents inhabit and profit from was designed by those who hated

Peter Savodnik
Peter Savodnik
6 min read
Activism