CANTERBURY, England (RNS) In court they admitted to urinating on the mountain and swearing at a guide who told them to respect the mountain because local people have strong religious beliefs that it is where their ancestors reside in the afterlife.
(RNS) A new app called Instapray, founded by Stanford grad Fryderyk Ovcaric and backed by venture capitalist Peter Thiel among others, is billed as “a safe place that connects people around the world through prayers.” But it also puts some of our worst impulses on display.
(RNS) Unlike Christianity, Judaism and Islam, historically all led by men, or the philosophies of the East such as Buddhism where male scholars and monks dominate, folk religions are often practiced and led by women.
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) In a letter to the school district, some 80 miles south of Oklahoma City, a church leader assured administrators that the Satanic book is “no where (sic) near as graphic as the Christian Bible.”
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (RNS) Will HBO’s scathing documentary of Scientology, which airs March 29, prompt the secretive, litigious church to change? Don’t bet on it.
ROME (Reuters) “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic.’ And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF … I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again.”
TABORA, Tanzania (RNS) Vigilante villagers are attacking women they believe are witches responsible for the murders of albinos, whose white skin some believe possess magical powers.
(RNS) Women increasingly show signs of joining men in letting go of that soulful search for meaning. Who’s got time?
(RNS) Followers of the Viking religion, called Asatru, are getting their first temple in 1,000 years in Iceland. But the ancient faith has spread farther than any Viking ever traveled, to Australia, New Zealand and at least 21 U.S. states.