Topic archives: Religion

Religion v feminism: which has done more for humanity?

Religion v feminism: which has done more for humanity?

July 2, 2013 37

Religion may bring eternal happiness -- but has feminism done more good for humankind than all the gods put together? In this book excerpt, a comparison of the two and why feminism is more derided than religion.

We’re all 37-year-old Australian-born Catholic women

April 12, 2013 5

Meet the average Australian. She's 37, has a religion, and her parents were born here. The ABS has crunched the numbers on the 2011 census to introduce us to Ms Average.

‘No aliens living inside us’: Scientology educates the media

‘No aliens living inside us’: Scientology educates the media

January 22, 2013 28

A media guide released by the Church of Scientology is aimed at dispelling myths around the religion -- turns out they're not descended from aliens, but they do teach English to African migrants.

There is no such thing as a harmless prank

December 10, 2012 1

Crikey readers weigh in on the issues of the day.

Come in Spinner: tale of two Catholic clerics, 50 years apart

December 6, 2012 3

While George Pell generates plenty of controversy, so far he has yet to meet the levels of Archibishop Daniel Mannix -- the subject of a new biography. There are some interesting parallels with the current crop of Catholics, writes Noel Turnbull.

An atheist in church: in propaganda, you can’t beat God

An atheist in church: in propaganda, you can’t beat God

October 31, 2012 54

Is it egotistical to want top billing at one's own funeral? Faced with the onslaught of propaganda in stained glass and frescos -- not to mention the sermon -- consider it lucky if you get mentioned at all.

Christians won’t vote for atheist leaders: research

Christians won’t vote for atheist leaders: research

October 9, 2012 17

It’s politics, for God’s sake, but how much does politicians' religiosity actually sway the Christian voter bloc? Researcher Grant Power investigates.

‘Mitts off my muff’: the debate on female genital mutilation

‘Mitts off my muff’: the debate on female genital mutilation

October 2, 2012 4

It's difficult to say how common the illegal practice of female genital mutilation is in Australia -- but depending how you define it, it may be more widespread than many realise.

Religion, education and children

August 21, 2012 1

Crikey readers have their say.

Crikey and religion in schools

August 20, 2012 4

Crikey readers have their say.

Surviving my first Ramadan

August 17, 2012

Four years ago Rollo Romig converted to Islam. But this was the first year he observed Ramadan, fasting every day from dawn until dusk, until the family would finally feast together.

Evangelical zealotry in government schools

August 14, 2012 4

Crikey readers have their say.

Not much religion Down Under

Not much religion Down Under

August 8, 2012 8

Not a religious lot. Do a head count of politicians when it comes to questions where religious leaders have strong views and you might think that Australians are quite a religious lot. From abortion to gay marriage a majority of politicians tend to scurry towards conservative change nothing positions. Which is rather strange in one […]

Breivik and the dangers lurking in extremist views

April 19, 2012 1

Crikey readers have their say.

Bracing for the name of the perpetrator …

July 25, 2011 2

Considering the knee jerk coverage from some of the world's media outlets over the weekend, this is worth the click.

Religion in schools

April 21, 2011 4

Crikey readers have their say.

Religion in schools: time to cut the Gordian knot

April 20, 2011 6

Religious instruction is a form of indoctrination, literally, and is not about what most teachers would regard as good learning, writes teacher and researcher Tony Taylor.

The Coalition’s shock bible scandal horror

March 2, 2011 52

Coalition MPs are hot under the collar about bans on bibles at citizenship ceremonies. They should give their former colleague Gary Hardgrave a call.

An angry voice behind the veil

An angry voice behind the veil

January 24, 2011 183

This April, France will ban Muslim women from wearing face-covering veils. But one French woman Kenza Drider explains why she refuses to take off her niqab and why she’ll take her fight to the European Court of Human Rights if she gets fined.

Bach’s last will and testament

Bach’s last will and testament

December 2, 2010

W H Chong heads down to church to hear Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Four soloists and a small orchestra perform the big work, which has been called Bach’s “last will and testament.” It wasn’t performed complete until 1859, over a century after his death.