Is religion about survival?

Is religion about survival?

Much about religion can be framed by evolutionary psychology. In a word, it’s about survival. The idea that we are primed to see agency even when it’s not there makes sense, and is at least plausible as an explanation for why humans are so enamoured of gods and...
Philosophy and race

Philosophy and race

In 20th-century pluralist theology, even ‘enlightened’ theologians like Winston L. King could not quite shake their Western assumptions: despite much dialogue with Buddhists, he persisted in trying to describe Buddhism in terms of quintessential Christian ideas like...
A revealing practice

A revealing practice

‘Gender reveal’ parties – where parents go to sometimes extraordinary lengths to announce the sex of their newly (or soon-to-be) born child – are apparently dangerous. What these events reveal, however, may be more about the parents and their society than about their...
Anti-Narnia?

Anti-Narnia?

Whether the novels of Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials, newly adapted for television, is anti-Christian may have to be resolved in the eye or ideology of the viewer (or, less fashionably nowadays, reader). As the ABC reports, it’s certainly been received...
Natural rights?

Natural rights?

The citizens of Toledo in Ohio have drafted a bill of rights for Lake Erie. It should, they said, be granted the right “to exist, flourish, and naturally evolve”. Should lakes and trees have rights? Perhaps, for our sake, they should.