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Religion matters
Religion matters
I have been called a kaffir many times – mostly by my great-grandfather, who was black and of whom I was deeply fond. He modelled integrity and...
Biblical myths in the time of Mammon
Biblical myths in the time of Mammon
Fifty-odd years ago, a visiting friend of my paternal grandmother asked my father why so many streets in Pretoria were called “Hou Links”. Her...
Why the church is a nonplayer politically
Why the church is a nonplayer politically
Religion still does not have a grown-up seat at the political table, and has no real prospect of getting one. Yet the political parties continue to...
Humanity before religion
Humanity before religion
Religion matters as much today as it ever did. It matters to a slowly but steadily increasing proportion of the world’s population, even though it...
And God said: Grow a pair, JZ
And God said: Grow a pair, JZ
Gavel in hand, God walked down his driveway to deliver judgment on all of mankind. 
Liberation theologian practises what he preaches
Liberation theologian practises what he preaches
‘Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the...
The role of spirituality in Western politics
The role of spirituality in Western politics
When sung in earnest, the South African national anthem feels ethereal. And perhaps it’s because it’s religious: Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was a hymn before it became the musical score for our delicate democracy. In a country where citizens proudly start the anthem with...
Thuli Madonsela on faith and its role in society
Thuli Madonsela on faith and its role in society
When she was appointed public protector in October 2009 Thuli Madonsela could not have predicted the dark times she would face when her investigations brought her face to face with the highest power in the land: the president of the republic....
How religious will the world be in the future? Here's what the data says.
How religious will the world be in the future? Here's what the data says.
Data, like the scriptures, typically reveals the hand of its creator – which, in both cases, is human. This is a prosaic way of saying that data...
We’ve bastardised blessed with a #
We’ve bastardised blessed with a #
‘May He give you all the desires of your heart” – Psalm 20:4.
Politicians and pastors preach a false gospel
Politicians and pastors preach a false gospel
The French existentialist philosopher and novelist Jean-Paul Sartre pointed to the dilemma of God and belief. “That God does not exist, I cannot...
Make the bat mitzvah more than 'lite'
Make the bat mitzvah more than 'lite'
A friend and I were once invited to a meeting with a rabbi to discuss borrowing a Torah from a shul in Johannesburg. As the date approached, my...

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