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LIKE much else in Belgium, the administration of the country’s second-largest religion is in a rather chaotic state, and things could get worse. In a kingdom of 11m people, Islam claims the loyalty of about 800,000 souls, of whom the vast majority originate either from Morocco or Turkey.
AT LEAST in recent decades, the turbulent social world of Greece somehow managed to contain and hold in tension some extraordinary contradictions.
NOT long ago, Turkey and Malaysia were often bracketed together as countries that inspired optimism about the Muslim world. In both lands, Islam is the most popular religion. In both, democracy has been vigorously if imperfectly practised. And both have enjoyed bursts of rapid, extrovert economic growth.
SINCE the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, the word “evil” has been heard with unusual frequency, on the lips of political leaders as well as clerics. This evil-talk is not just a reflex response or a banal statement of the obvious.
SOME evangelical Christians in the United States have stratospheric political connections, and can be sure of gaining access to the White House whenever they want. But Andrew Brunson, a Presbyterian minister from North Carolina who has been imprisoned for nearly a year in Turkey, is not part of that charmed circle.
WHY did Theresa May pick a famous church in Florence to offer an olive branch, of sorts, to her negotiating partners in Europe?
ALL over Europe, there is concern about an increase in anti-Semitism, and deliberation over how to respond.
HERE are some questions which you might expect to be discussed by clerics or theologians, but not many other people. If somebody dies in the course of professing a faith, does that act of martyrdom cancel out any spiritual shortcomings in that person’s life? Islam says something like that; Christianity isn’t so sure.
WHEN religious leaders speak out on matters of global policy, they often stick to lofty generalities and avoid making direct challenges to those who wield earthly power. Not so this week.
RELIGIONS and their sacred texts have a lot to say about floods and catastrophes, as does the traditional lore of many ancient peoples.
A WEEK ago, Theresa May issued a message to her Muslim fellow citizens, which might have come from a standard, if optimistic, primer on comparative religion.
BACK in 1988, a modest cleric who was little known outside his home city of Istanbul gave his blessing to an environmental meeting on the Greek island of Patmos, a place associated with a terrifying vision of the apocalypse described in the last book of the Bible.
IF integration means doing a bit better in education and the job market, then there are grounds to be optimistic about the status of Muslim communities across western Europe. But when you ask Europeans how they feel about Islam and its adherents, then the picture is much harsher and in some ways getting worse.
ARE today’s warriors against “fake news” taking a road that will eventually lead to the methods of inquisitors and religious censors? That is the view put forward by Jacob Mchangama, a Danish lawyer and founder of a think-tank which defends free speech against all comers.
CARDINAL Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, has just made a four-day trip to Russia. It was the first time in 19 years that a holder of that powerful office, sometimes described as “prime minister” of the Holy See, has visited Moscow. On the face of things, the atmosphere during his visit looked remarkably warm.
WHERE have Christians stood in the debate about nuclear weapons? How have practitioners of the world’s most popular religion answered the moral dilemmas posed by devices that could bring all human life to a horrific end?
LOBBYING for human rights, in a universalist spirit that holds all countries to the same standards and avoids singling out any particular group or country for attention, is not something that comes naturally to the Trump administrat...
BLASPHEMY laws, in the sense of laws that penalise speech or acts that disrespect God or the sacred, are “astonishingly widespread”. From the harshest laws to the mildest, all of them deviate in some degree from the international norms that uphold freedom of belief and expression.
LIKE every democracy, Britain has laws and practices which forbid employers from discriminating against their workers, or would-be workers, because of their religion.
HOWEVER improbably, Northern Ireland’s second city has often been compared to Jerusalem. Styled officially as Derry-Londonderry because its rival communities cannot agree on what to call it, this is a place with multiple blessings and afflictions.