January 11, 2021

New INTERFAITH RELATIONSHIPS STUDY INVITES PARTICIPANTS

by Interfaith

NEW INTERFAITH RELATIONSHIPS STUDY My name is Jaclyn Doherty, and I am a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Center in New York City (http://www.cunybasp.org/). My research focuses on the social psychology of interfaith relationships, and I am looking to launch a study that explores factors involved in relationship satisfaction among interfaith romantic dating couples. I […]




August 23, 2011

Church ban reflects Indonesia’s growing religious intolerance

by Jan Harris

A proposal to ban Christian churches on streets with Islamic names is the latest indication that Muslim-dominated Indonesia’s intolerance of Christians is growing. Diani Budiarto, the mayor of Bogor, a city on the island of Java, proposed the controversial move as part of his efforts to block the construction of the Taman Yasmin Indonesian Christian […]




August 10, 2011

Restrictions on religion increase globally

by Jan Harris

Restrictions on religion, either by governments or because of social intolerance, increased for one third of the world’s population between 2006 and 2009. Restrictions on religion eased for just one per cent of the world’s population during the same period. The findings by the Pew Forum, show that the situation for followers of religions has […]




July 6, 2011

Survey shows religion is still an important part of people’s lives

by Jan Harris

Living in Britain, which is generally perceived to be a secular society, it is easy to think that religion has little part to play in life today, but 70 per cent of people recently surveyed by Ipsos MORI reported having a religion. Over 18,000 people in 24 countries took part in the Global @dvisor survey, […]




July 4, 2011

Projects mark King James Bible’s 400th anniversary

by Jan Harris

Christian groups are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in projects that range from using the latest technology to modern day scribes. Methodist groups have returned to the Bible’s roots to create a handwritten Bible which will be bound in 31 volumes and will be available to view in a nationwide tour. […]




July 1, 2011

Chief Rabbi warns of erosion of religious freedom

by Jan Harris

Over the past week Lord Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, has spoken out against the erosion of religious liberties, both in the UK and in the Netherlands. Lord Sacks said that the Netherland’s decision to ban the slaughter of animals according to Jewish and Muslim dietary laws represents […]




June 29, 2011

Netherlands bans ritual animal slaughter and drug tourism

by Jan Harris

The Netherlands has deeply offended Muslim and Jewish communities by approving a bill banning the slaughter of animals without stunning them first. Both Muslims and Jews require animals’ throats to be cut while they are still conscious, causing them to bleed to death quickly, in order to meet religious dietary rules. If the ban is […]




June 24, 2011

Equality Commission’s remarks anger Humanists

by Jan Harris

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has criticised the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Trevor Phillips for forgetting the non-religious in a recent comment over the role of EHRC’s role. The BHA wants Mr Phillips to apologise for remarks made in a recent interview which it considers to be ‘sectarian and divisive’. […]




June 8, 2011

Art historian claims Turin Shroud is signed by renaissance artist Giotto

by Jan Harris

Italian art historian Luciano Buso claims to have found the signature of Master Giotto on the Turin Shroud, pointing to it having been created in the early Renaissance period. The Turin Shroud is believed to have been used to wrap the body of Christ after he was crucified. Buso claims that the presence of Giotto […]




May 27, 2011

Pope dissolves notorious monastery

by Jan Harris

Pope Benedict XVI took the unusual decision to dissolve the monastery of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem after an investigation discovered that the monks were responsible for financial and liturgical irregularities. As the Pope is also the Bishop of Rome the Cistercian monastery comes under his jurisdiction. Although Cistercian monks commit themselves to a humble […]




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