Little did European readers know that the story they loved of the life of Saint Josaphat was in fact that of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced religious congregations to stay at home after the doors have been closed to their churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and gurdwaras across Australia.
Different religious traditions, including those of the First Peoples of this land, need to offer their wisdom about the body in a way that can help us learn dignity and respect, not just of individuals, but of the ecological body that we share.
Research shows that atheists are trusted less than religious people. In fact, even atheists trust their fellow atheists less than religious people.
Although the Pastafarians seem absurd, their headdress and doctrine highlight the very real contradictions in secular societies. They force an important question: how, in modern times, should we define a religion?
Around 80% of secondary school students who had classes about diverse religions claim to have positive views of Muslims. This compares to around 70% who had not attended such classes.