This weekend marks the ninth year that hundreds of religious leaders all over the world have agreed to celebrate Evolution Weekend.
To talk about retirement as being 'all about lifestyle' is a blasphemy that assumes we create our own lives and have only such a fragile thing as 'style' to get us through.
Fundamentalism is a widespread problem. It often manifests in a religious context - making it highly visible - but there are plenty of secular fundamentalists too.
The New Zealand Catholic noted that there was 'a stunning rise' in the number of people declaring 'no religion', a total of 1.635 million citizens out of a total population of 4.24 million.
One major question that should be asked is whether the enormous growth in psychology-based therapies is just a case of supply to meet a demand?
Although women were given the right to vote back in 1932, they were never given the right to be ordained as a monk. There is nothing in the Thai constitution forbidding women becoming monks.
Self-deception has an unparalleled upside. It allows us to dare to imagine the impossible, or at least the highly implausible, and frequently to watch it unfold.
What do The Red Cross, Amnesty International, Opportunity International, Habitat for Humanity...have in common.
What also becomes clear is that sexual misconduct involving clerics results in serious and usually lifelong harm, because the person is a cleric.
Since the dawn of time, millions have been killed by those who claimed to have acted in God's name, but the truth is that every single death has been the unjustifiable action of a violent person.
Natural theology was the precursor of modern atheism and we live in a time in which most people are at least practical atheists.
It's 50 years since the assassination of JFK, but he did not die alone. Two others died the same day, and they all bequeath us much.