In an article first published on The Conversation, LISA BITEL, a US-based historian and religions, looks at the story behind Santa Claus...

US Catholic commentator, THOMAS REESE, in an article first published on Religion News Service, reflects on the state of the world this Advent - and the hope that Jesus Christ brings despite what we see around us...

In an article first published on The Conversation, SOPHIE RUSSELL, of UNSW, and CHRIS CUNNEEN, of the University of Technology Sydney, argue that evidence shows investment in designing local solutions to overcome the drivers of crime and incarceration is working to reduce Indigenous incarceration rates...

JOHN G STACKHOUSE, Jr, in an article first published on Religion News Service, looks at how American John Allen Chau - killed by North Sentinelese Indigenous people in the remote Andaman Islands - can be viewed as a martyr...

S BRENT RODRIGUEZ-PLATE, in an article first published on Religion News Service, reflects on the contribution New York has made to how Christmas is celebrated today...

Writing from the US, Catholic commentor THOMAS REESE, in an article first published by Religion News Service, says its time for the proponents of religious liberty to offer to "negotiate a grand compromise with those who promote women’s rights" over the issue of contraception...

Author STEPHEN MANSFIELD, in an article first published on Religion News Service, reflects on the faith of former US President George HW Bush...

In an article first published on Religion News Service, CHARLES CAMOSY, associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University in the US, argues that some key questions have to be answered before society permits gene editing... 

US Baptist minister and author JONATHAN WILSON-HARTGROVE, in an article first published on Religion News Service, writes about the impact of the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy...

Writing from the US, DANIEL DARLING, author and vice president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, argues, in an article first published by Religion News Service, that Christians should not only support a free press but "robust" reporting...

In an article first published on The Conversation, DIANE WINSTON, of the University of Southern California, looks at how the Salvation Army came to be associated with Christmas in the US...

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