Religion

What are the 12 days of Christmas and what do they mean?
christmassinging.jpg
In Depth

What are the 12 days of Christmas and what do they mean?

The song has become a Christmas classic - but here is what the days actually represent
15 Dec 2020
Instant Opinion: BLM is ‘threat to racial progress’
gettyimages-545735716.jpg
In Depth

Instant Opinion: BLM is ‘threat to racial progress’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 13 August
13 Aug 2020
When is Passover 2020 and how will it be celebrated?
Passover, Seder
In Brief

When is Passover 2020 and how will it be celebrated?

This year’s Jewish holiday looks set to be unique, with millions of people under lockdown measures
7 Apr 2020
Instant Opinion: I am working on the ‘coronavirus frontline’
emptysupermarket
In Brief

Instant Opinion: I am working on the ‘coronavirus frontline’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 27 March
27 Mar 2020
South Korea cult chief faces homicide probe over coronavirus
Shincheonji
In Brief

South Korea cult chief faces homicide probe over coronavirus

More than half of nation's infections involve members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus.
2 Mar 2020
Hadaka Matsuri: inside Japan’s naked festival
Hadaka Matsuri takes place in Okayama province
In Brief

Hadaka Matsuri: inside Japan’s naked festival

Little has changed in 500 years - except the addition of hand sanitiser because of coronavirus
17 Feb 2020
What is Hanukkah? The story behind the Jewish holiday
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 06:Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal lights a menorah on the sixth day of Hanukkah at the Orthodox synagogue at the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Education Center on December 6, 2010
In Depth

What is Hanukkah? The story behind the Jewish holiday

One of the most important festivals in the Jewish calendar began on Sunday
23 Dec 2019

An open mind on the issues that matter

The Week magazine is simple and clever. Subscribe today and your first 6 issues are completely free.
Which countries do not celebrate Christmas?
Christmas
In Depth

Which countries do not celebrate Christmas?

The festive season passes unmarked in fewer than 20 of the world’s nations
9 Dec 2019
Why we celebrate Guy Fawkes Night
Guy Fawkes masks
In Depth

Why we celebrate Guy Fawkes Night

What happened in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and why we ritualise an attempted act of terrorism
5 Nov 2019
Instant Opinion: Netanyahu suffers ‘disaster’ at the polls
gettyimages-918096734.jpg
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Netanyahu suffers ‘disaster’ at the polls

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 18 September
18 Sep 2019
Is the Arab world really becoming less religious?
160202-wd-mosque.jpg
In Depth

Is the Arab world really becoming less religious?

Biggest regional survey ever shows the number of people who claim no faith has risen by 5% in five years
24 Jun 2019
Why was The Satanic Verses so controversial?
Salman Rushdie
In Review

Why was The Satanic Verses so controversial?

New documentary sheds light on contentious novel and its continuing impact today
28 Feb 2019
Asia Bibi: how blasphemy case divided Pakistan
Asia Bibi
In Depth

Asia Bibi: how blasphemy case divided Pakistan

Christian farm worker acquitted after eight years on death row for allegedly insulting Islam
31 Oct 2018
What are the blasphemy laws around the world?
Protesters Pakistan
In Depth

What are the blasphemy laws around the world?

As Ireland votes on whether to remove blasphemy from the constitution, The Week looks at where it is still an offence
25 Oct 2018
Christianity faces biggest schism in a millennium
Ukraine Russia Orthodox Christianity Church Religion
In Depth

Christianity faces biggest schism in a millennium

Ukraine granted own independent Orthodox Church despite threats from Moscow
12 Oct 2018
Is Religious Education on its way out?
UK School
In Depth

Is Religious Education on its way out?

New report suggests replacing RE classes with ‘Religion and Worldviews’
10 Sep 2018
Church rejects calls to force priests to report child abuse
church, Christianity, Catholic
In Brief

Church rejects calls to force priests to report child abuse

Australian Catholic Church says the seal of the confessional must never be broken
31 Aug 2018
Pope Francis set for hostile reception in Ireland
Pope Francis greets adoring crowds in Italy
In Brief

Pope Francis set for hostile reception in Ireland

Pontiff to touch down in radically changed Catholic country amid sexual abuse ‘perfect storm’
24 Aug 2018
Is Pastafarianism a real religion?
Mienke de Wilde, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
In Brief

Is Pastafarianism a real religion?

Dutch court rules followers cannot wear colander on her head for official photos
17 Aug 2018
Christian extremists ‘let their baby starve to death’
screenshot_2018-08-08_at_11.jpg
In Brief

Christian extremists ‘let their baby starve to death’

Infant’s father claimed medicine was a ‘cult’ and ‘God is sovereign over disease’
8 Aug 2018
Buddhist monk regrets swearing at reviewers online
sekishoinkoyasantemple2407f.jpg
In Brief

Buddhist monk regrets swearing at reviewers online

Daniel Kimura, who works at Sekishoin Shukubo monastery in Japan, called one former guest an ‘uneducated f***’
27 Jul 2018
What are atheist churches?
A poster on a London bus
In Depth

What are atheist churches?

Number of godless congregations growing across the Western world
21 May 2018
Indian guru Asaram Bapu sentenced to life for rape
Asaram Bapu
In Brief

Indian guru Asaram Bapu sentenced to life for rape

Police on high alert amid fear of violence from spiritual leader’s supporters
25 Apr 2018
What is Maundy Thursday and how is it celebrated?
Queen and Philip at Ascot
In Brief

What is Maundy Thursday and how is it celebrated?

Diverse traditions are observed around the world to mark Easter milestone, and even the Queen gets involved
29 Mar 2018
‘America’s pastor’ Billy Graham dies aged 99
Billy Graham
In Brief

‘America’s pastor’ Billy Graham dies aged 99

Evangelical preacher brought Christianity to millions through his ‘crusades’
21 Feb 2018
Iceland plan to outlaw circumcision sparks outcry worldwide
Circumcision
In Brief

Iceland plan to outlaw circumcision sparks outcry worldwide

Parliament considering ban on procedure for anything other than medical reasons
20 Feb 2018
Pope Francis wants change to Lord’s Prayer
Pope Francis
In Brief

Pope Francis wants change to Lord’s Prayer

Pontiff says current version is a mistranslation as God does not lead humans to sin
8 Dec 2017
Let boys wear tutus and tiaras, says Church of England
Schoolchildren in school uniform
In Depth

Let boys wear tutus and tiaras, says Church of England

New guidance for CofE schools says play is ‘sacred space’ for imagination
13 Nov 2017
Pope and astronauts ponder humanity’s place in the universe
Pope Francis on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica
In Brief

Pope and astronauts ponder humanity’s place in the universe

Pope Francis asks spacemen about life, love and the view of Earth from the stars
27 Oct 2017
Majority of British people say they have no religion
Church of England congregation
In Brief

Majority of British people say they have no religion

News prompts fresh calls for Government to cut amount of public money going to the church
5 Sep 2017
Safety campaign dropped after showing young girl in hijab
Transport for London, Hijab
In Depth

Safety campaign dropped after showing young girl in hijab

Transport for London was accused of 'sexualising' children with a headscarf traditionally worn only after puberty
15 Aug 2017
Chinese Christians face new crackdown
chinese christians praying
In Brief

Chinese Christians face new crackdown

Communist Party's 85 million members warned to drop beliefs or face punishment
20 Jul 2017
Madeleine Albright and Mayim Bialik fight Trump's Muslim ban
albright
In Brief

Madeleine Albright and Mayim Bialik fight Trump's Muslim ban

Former secretary of state tweets message of solidarity as President considers four-month halt on refugees entering US
27 Jan 2017
Belief in God plunges after torrid year
Church
In Brief

Belief in God plunges after torrid year

Atheism surges as Brits stop saving a prayer for a higher power
23 Dec 2016
Free 6 issue trial then continue to