Religion

The Fastest Growing Religion in the World? You Might Already be a Member

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The fastest growing religion in the West isn’t Islam, Buddhism, Mormonism or Christianity. It’s something else entirely and you may already be a member. Here’s a diagnostic to find out if you are, and an eons-old remedy for it’s corrosive effects. More…

066 As The Shack Hits Cinemas, Here’s My Chat with its Author, William Paul Young [Video]

Image from The Shack of Mack (Sam Worthington) and Papa (Octavia Spencer)

When William Paul Young sat down to write a story for his children about a man who meets God in a forest shack, little did he know it would become a publishing phenomenon—and now a movie. In 2008 Paul dropped by the Open House show, to chat about the book’s meaning, the personal story behind it, and to answer his critics. More…

029 A Conversation on the Meaning of Life

42. Ever since Deep Thought in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy gave it as the ‘answer’ to the meaning of life we’ve never been able to keep a straight face about the question since. And yet it’s a question we all ask. In this podcast, UCB UK’s Paul Hammond asks me for some answers. More…

The Meaning of Life? 4 Options in 4 Video Clips

Each month around 550,000 of us search the phrase ‘meaning of life’ on Google. And we’re not all looking for the Monty Python film. Does my life have any meaning? we ask. Our culture offers four main answers to the question, as reflected in our books, stories and films. More…

Everyone Has a God. Here’s How to Discover Yours

Worship is a universal phenomenon. Anthropologists tell us it’s found in some form in every culture. It seems that we all have a longing to place something or someone as a supreme authority or meaning-giver in our lives. To put it simply, everyone has a God – even if we’re ‘not religious’. So who (or what) do you really worship? This article will help you find out.

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Anne Rice: Christianity’s Outsider Once More

As many a good fiction writer knows, there is often a deep, mysterious and symbolic link between an author’s life and the books they create. Only later does a writer realise how much she or he was the real character of the story. Such may be the case for Anne Rice, the queen of dark novels like Interview with the Vampire and other gothic tales. For Rice, the vampire was deployed as a metaphor for the outcast. Her own story is in many ways analogous, its latest twist making her once more an outsider. More…