The attack on Salman Rushdie promptly led to speculation on whether the attacker had been influenced by the 1989 fatwa against the author. A scholar explains what a fatwa is — and isn’t.
When "The Satanic Verses” was published, it almost immediately set off angry demonstrations. What was — and still is — behind this outrage?
Salman Rushdie's agent says the author is “on the road to recovery” two days after suffering serious injuries in a stabbing at a lecture in upstate New York. The announcement followed news that the lauded writer was removed from a ventilator Saturday and able to talk and joke. Andrew Wylie c…
A Mormon church "help line" was created to report and stop sexual abuse. Instead, the system may bury accusations against some members, allowing abuse to persist.
MJ was a tiny, black-haired girl, just five years old, when her father admitted to his bishop that he was sexually abusing her and recording the assaults on video. The father worked for the U.S. Border Patrol and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was in coun…
The Associated Press has obtained nearly 12,000 pages of sealed records from a child sex abuse lawsuit against the Mormon church. The documents offer the most detailed and comprehensive look yet at the church’s so-called “help line” for dealing with child sex abuse accusations against offici…
As late as 1970, only about 5% of Americans chose to be cremated. In 2020, more than 56% Americans opted for it.
The fundamental issue at stake in abortion debates is personhood, which is viewed differently around the world, an anthropologist writes.
Crystals are part of a larger tradition of metaphysical religions that have a long history in the U.S.
In honor of National Space Day on May 6, Stacker has compiled a list of key astronomy and astrophysics terms that are out of this world!
A folklorist explains the prehistoric origins of the mythical Easter Bunny and why this longstanding cultural symbol keeps returning each spring.
The churches’ struggles to respond to the plague and constant warfare in the 14th and 15th centuries helped shape the kinds of Christianity in the world today.
Originally a spring harvest festival, Baisakhi acquired religious significance after the 10th Sikh guru created the Khalsa, a distinctive Sikh identity, in 1699.. In 2022, Baisakhi falls on April 14.
Sikhs all over the world celebrate the festival of Baisakhi, a holiday with a special religious significance, observed each year on April 13 or 14. In 2022, Baisakhi falls on April 14.
It's Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar. Here's a guide for non-Muslims.
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan — when the faithful fast from dawn to dusk — began at sunrise Saturday.
Afghans are facing a devastating economic collapse and food shortages ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. 30-year-old Laila, a displaced person from the Ghorak district of Kandahar province, lives in a makeshift camp in the outskirts of Kandahar city with her two sons and her brother-in-law'…
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put a spotlight on the views of the Russian Orthodox Church. A scholar of Russian religion explains the structure and history of Orthodox Christianity.
Women’s contributions to global Christianity are immense, but scholars’ understanding is hampered by limited data.
The Irish government recently declared a national holiday for St. Brigid. A medieval historian explains her fascinating life and history.
Only 58 of the more than 900 people who have won the Nobel Prize have been women.
With mantras, a mysterious founder and promises of societal salvation, there are echoes of religious traditions in the cryptocurrency.
After weathering a yearbook blackface scandal, governor says he will leave public office next month a “better person,” and Virginia a “much more open and inclusive state.”
Culpeper congregation serves chili, soup, cornbread and other confections day after Thanksgiving for grateful public.
A scholar of Christian spirituality argues that prayers are meant to bring together a faith community — something apps aren’t likely to achieve.
Here's a look back at several decades of balloons, marching bands and more at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
So-called Spiritualists split off from Martin Luther’s Reformation 500 years ago, but some of their ideas carry on.