US Catholic commentator JOHN GEHRING, in an article first published on Religion News Service, disgrees with the decision of a Catholic priest last Sunday to deny former US Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden Communion on the basis of his position on abortion... 

In an article first published on The Conversation, KIRSTEN ROBERTS LYER, an associate professor at Central European University, outlines the findings of her research into how governments are increasingly restricting the ability of universities to teach and conduct research...

US Christian activist and author SHANE CLAIBORNE, in an article first published on Religion News Service, says it would be a "beautiful thing" if Kanye’s religious conversion also led to a political conversion...

In an article first published on The Conversation, Australian academic GREG BARTON, chair in global Islamic politics at Deakin University's Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, looks at the ramifications of death of  Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi...

In an article first published on Religion News Service, HEATHER THOMSON DAY, author and professor of communications at Colorado Christian University, asks why Kanye West is being mocked for talking about his faith...

In an article first published on The Conversation, UK academic FEDERICO LÓPEZ-TERRA provides some context for this week's exumation and reburial of the remains of Spanish dicatator  Francisco Franco...

In an article first published on The Conversation, SHELLEY INGLIS, executive director of the University of Dayton Human Rights Center in the US, looks at the situation facing Syrian refugees currently living in Turkey against the backdop of Turkish incursion into northern Syria...

MAL FLETCHER, writing from London, asks whether it's time to consider a ban on out-of-hours emails...

In an article first published on The Conversation, GARETH DORRIAN, of the University of Birmingham and IAN WHITTAKER, of the Nottingham Trent University, look at how space could become a new battleground...

L BENJAMIN ROLSKY, adjunct professor of history, religion, and anthropology at Monmouth University in the US, reflects - in an article first published on The Conversation - on the faith of iconic TV figure - and subject of an upcoming Tom Hanks film - Fred Rogers...

In an article first published on The Conversation, BRENDA WIEWEL, director of the Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness at the University of Southern California, looks at what lessons can be learned from some innovative approaches to tackling homelessness in Los Angeles...

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