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From the Woolf Institute comes An A-Z of Believing: from Atheism to Zealotry. This new podcast, presented by Dr Ed Kessler, is a 26-week crash course on religion and society. What makes the beauty of ritual so attractive? Do Abrahamic religions teach karma? How do people from different faiths have constructive conversation? Join Ed as he explains a new letter each week.

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The podcast series was also published by The Independent as weekly short essays.

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From the Woolf Institute comes An A-Z of Believing: from Atheism to Zealotry

A for Atheism

God is dead, yet a divine shadow still looms...

B for Beauty

What makes religious ritual so irresistible?

C for Conversion

If I am right - must you be wrong?

D for Dialogue

Do we understand ourselves better by understanding someone of different beliefs?

E for Evil

Could evil be understood as the "eclipse" of God?

F for Fundamentalism

Fighters for truth or unworldly fantasists?

G for God

Sometimes even atheists are tempted to believe...

H for Heresy

All orthodoxy was once heresy...

I for Incarnation

How does God come down to meet us?

J for Jokes

Even Jesus had a funny side...

K for Karma

Are we punished for our sins, or by them?

L for Land

One person's Holy Land is another person’s land grab

M for Martyrdom

Was Jesus the first religious martyr?

N for Nationalism

When religion turns patriotic...

O for Occult

Is the occult just religion without rules?

P for Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage can be literal or metaphorical

Q for Quietness

Quietness is desirable but not when it is an evasion of the truth

R for Repentance

Repentance is more than just saying sorry.

S for Sex

Sex is glorious, sex is sinful, sex is necessary. Opinions differ...

T for Tolerance

Tolerance is agreeing to differ, and that is a sign of strength not weakness.

U for Universalism

Universal religious values should not threaten what is unique to each religion.

V for Violence

Is human violence inspired by religion or mitigated by religion?

W for Words

Words are ambiguous but translating them is theologically treacherous…

X for Xenophobia

Xenophobia seems to be on the rise… again.

Y for Year

What is the date? There are more religious calendars ticking along than most of us dream of.

Z for Zealotry

Zealotry has had a bad press. But has this always been justified?
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