Belief

If It Heals You Does It Need to Be Measured?

Tony Lobl | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a "divine connection" - often called prayer - are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life's immeasurables.

The Promise of Placebos - and the Promise Beyond?

Tony Lobl | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

"The placebo effect is real, quantifiable and in fact you're doing quite well with an active therapy if you can get as good a response as the placebo response," said Professor Jon Stoessl, director of the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia.

No-one Is Broken, Only Lost

Beth Burgess | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

From around the age of nineteen, I considered myself a broken person; I was an alcoholic, a prostitute and was plagued by a crippling anxiety disorder. Little did I know that one day it would all be resolved, proving that nothing about me was broken, only lost.

Why I Am No Longer a Christian: There Is No Free Will

Steven Colborne | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Steven Colborne

The first thing to make clear is that I have every respect for Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and people of all faiths and no faith. Our beliefs, ...

Why I Love Jesus - An Agnostic's Easter Sermon

William T. Dobson | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK
William T. Dobson

I don't think there's any denying that Jesus was a pretty stand up guy. When he wasn't bringing people back to life - always a generous thing to do - he seemed to spend most of his time feeding the masses or turning water into wine. He was just the kind of bloke who would make a great addition to any party.

How Influential, Really, Is the Pope?

Robin Lustig | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK
Robin Lustig

How many of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics actually follow their church's teaching on matters such as contraception and abortion? How many actually believe its teaching on transubstantiation, that during Holy Communion the bread and wine offered to the congregation are miraculously changed into the body and blood of Christ?

Peace and Violence

Julian Bond | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Bond

I am constantly being challenged - 'Islam isn't really a religion of peace', 'Why aren't you as a Christian denouncing Islam'. This is the language of hate and enmity, erecting barriers between people who need to meet, understand and build relationships with each other. But Jesus said, 'love your neighbour'. We need to hold on to that, whether we are Christian, Muslim, Hindu or atheist...

This House Believes Religion Has No Place in the 21st Century

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

I don't think that any of the good things which religions do are unique, and nor are they able to counterbalance all of the terrible things which they have done, which they continue to do, and which have been done in their name.

Christians Win Right to Wear Cross, but Not to Believe in Marriage

Mike Judge | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Judge

Yes, there are a variety of beliefs about marriage in society. Yes, there are people on all sides of the gay marriage debate. But should your beliefs about that issue result in you being pushed out of your job? Should your career be abruptly ended because you think marriage is only for men and women?

God-Fearing: A Faker's Guide

Philip Larkin | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Comedy
Philip Larkin

Oddly, having spoken to my Da at length - it seemed the only things keeping her going were her family and her faith. My Gran is the most Catholic Catholic I've ever met. Me on the other hand - I'm not. I don't believe in God and I abhor the Catholic Church.

No Such Thing as a Non-Believer

Felicity A Morse | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Felicity A Morse

No one's religious anymore. Not anyone with any sense. Religion incites hatred, starts wars, and vilifies anyone who challenges its narrow-minded views. Believing in a big bearded man in the sky is stupid. I can say and do what I want because when I die I'm either going to be burnt or rot in the ground. That's it.

Believers Should Be Glad That Proofs for God Don't Work

Mark Vernon | Posted 23.06.2012 | UK
Mark Vernon

The so-called proofs for the existence of God are widely thought to fail.

When God Was a Woman

Laura Sevier | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK
Laura Sevier

Like any good Church of England girl, I was brought up to believe that God was a man who had a Son.

Bertand Russell is Known as an Atheist; But Was He, in Fact, Religious?

Mark Vernon | Posted 04.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Vernon

I recently returned to what Bertrand Russell, perhaps Britain's best known philosopher, had to say about religion.

Putting gullible back in the dictionary

Kate Harrad | Posted 26.11.2011 | UK Tech
Kate Harrad

In movies, if someone tells you something unbelievable, it's best to believe it. Because the mind-controlling robot alien from the future who wants to...

Eleven Kinds of Spin That Could be Killing Trust

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 19.11.2011 | UK
Mark Fletcher-Brown

The practice of spin has been always with us.

What God says, Goes

Mike Ion | Posted 06.11.2011 | UK Politics
Mike Ion

I will start with a confident prediction: when candidates for next year's US presidential elections make speeches, few, if any, will be able to resist the temptation to make reference to either God or morality.