It's official: faith in science is a belief
By Sholto Byrnes - 04 November 15:43

New legal ruling places it in the same category as religion

Jewish: or just Jew-ish?
By Sholto Byrnes - 27 October 12:30

Furore over faith school discrimination

Question Time BNP: Disgusted -- but by Griffin's fellow panellists
By Sholto Byrnes - 23 October 14:10

They had the opportunity to show themselves to be better. And they blew it

Which Islam are you afraid of?
By Sholto Byrnes - 21 October 14:43

Fear and obsession narrow the mind

Political neutrality and the Jewish Chronicle
By Julian Kossoff - 14 October 17:06

Is the voice of Anglo-Jewry cosying up to the Tories?

An ape on a cross and a black Jesus
By Sholto Byrnes - 12 October 14:51

Will Christians find these works blasphemous?

Veils of ignorance and fear
By Sholto Byrnes - 07 October 19:36

What does loathing of the hijab really mean?

Beware of the yogi man
By Sophie Elmhirst - 01 October 8:13

He's just about as big as the Beatles, said one pilgrim. In fact, Swami Ramdev - yoga guru, self-proclaimed healer, celebrity - is probably bigger.

Is God dead?
By Sholto Byrnes - 29 September 15:39

The question that scandalised America

A very political monk
By Sholto Byrnes - 25 September 19:01

Why do we think the Dalai Lama is a living saint?

Poland's forgotten Jews
By Sholto Byrnes - 24 September 11:52

The vanished world of Singer's Warsaw

Death of a terrorist
By Sholto Byrnes - 17 September 17:24

Noordin Top, leader of al-Qaeda in the Malay Archipelago, has been shot dead in Indonesia. But there

Gross National Unhappiness
By Sholto Byrnes - 15 September 20:13

Sarkozy and Stiglitz say we should measure well-being instead of GDP. Bhutan shows how it can all go

Could you forgive Mugabe?
By Sholto Byrnes - 14 September 14:46

Zimbabwe's president shows no sign of going. How does this "devout Catholic" square his crimes with

Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation speech
By Sholto Byrnes - 09 September 15:33

Listen to him – even if you can’t stand him

Irreligious freedom
By Sholto Byrnes - 07 September 17:56

Should the right not to be offended have a place in the statute book?

Age of Homo religiosus
By Sholto Byrnes - 03 September 8:19

Our annual God issue is always a bestseller, yet there are many NS readers who think we should have

Q&A: Ophelia Benson
By George Eaton - 21 July 12:04

The co-author of the new book Does God Hate Women? discusses patriarchy, the burka and capitalism

The Case for God: What Religion Means
By Sholto Byrnes - 16 July 11:37

At a swift glance, the title of Karen Armstrong’s new book (the subtitle is in very small print) might mislead the casual observer into thinking that she has written a case for the existence of God; that she has unearthed some

Censorship? Tee hee!
By Antonia Quirke - 09 July 11:29

The Dalai Lama has more in common with a teenage girl than you'd expect

What lies beneath
By Nina Caplan - 02 July 12:18

If Sarkozy banned the burqa, he himself would be oppressing the women who wear it. Making something

Does God Hate Women?
By Johann Hari - 02 July 12:18

Authors Benson and Stangroom dismantle the logic of those who cite religion to justify the perpetuat

After the truth
By David Quinn - 29 May 11:09

The Ryan Commission has revealed decades of child abuse within institutions run by the Irish Catholi

God Is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith Is Changing the World
By John Gray - 21 May 12:37

Contrary to what evangelical rationalists preach, it is perfectly possible both to be modern and to

Islam's young faithful
By Zeshan Rasul - 18 May 18:33

The voices of young Muslims must be harnessed to combat Islamic extremistism in Britain, argues the

The Pilgrim Pope
By Mark Frazer - 14 May 11:53

Pope Benedict's visit to the Holy Land is a bold step towards healing past wounds and pushing inter-

Growing up in Saudi
By Sholto Byrnes - 14 May 11:02

Shortly after my family moved to Riyadh in the early 1980s, we were having tea with our Pakistani neighbours when another guest arrived. After my father was introduced to the visitor, one Muhammad Schulz, my mother made to shake the hand of this burly, red-bearded American convert.

Who was Abdul Wahhab?
By Sophie Elmhirst - 14 May 11:02

The life of the Islamic cleric who shaped Saudi Arabia

A bleak future for Baha'is
By Moojan Momen - 13 May 18:45

International pressure may have set Roxana Saberi free, but the plight of seven Iranian Baha'is, imp

Technology, the Latter-day way
By Malcolm Adcock - 12 May 10:45

The Mormon community can rightfully boast a long association with technological advancement, from th

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