Jolyon Manning looks at declining church attendances in Otago and reflects on the needs of the future.
Faith and reason
Looking ahead to Christmas, Stu Crosson explains his vision of a quality so often associated with it but which so frequently eludes it - joy.
Cristina Odone enjoys a vigorous and sometimes incendiary chronicle of Christianity that puts faith back centre stage.
Ian Harris reflects on the thoughts and beliefs of "post-Christian" English author and journalist, David Boulton.
"Listening" means a great deal more than simply hearing the words. It is a critical and life-affirming skill which is undervalued - by individuals, governments, corporations and even churches, suggests Richard Dawson.
Contrary to received wisdom, atheists have diverse social, political and economic views, says Victor Billot. What they do have in common is not believing in God.
Ian Harris sheds light on a controversial new novel about St Paul - and on the real life and beliefs of the man who inspired it.
The Christian faith, like the long-suffering fervour of some sports followers, requires persistence. Richard Cubie draws inspiration from United States baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.
In the second half of a two-part article on fundamentalism, Ian Harris looks at the mindset's origins and consequences.
Moral choice singles the human being out from all other created beings. But with moral choice comes moral responsibility, says Ivan Grindlay.
Ian Harris ponders the origins and impact of religious fundamentalism.
Spring has sprung and the "magic" of the season turns Garth George to muse on the "the infinite variety of God's wonderful creation".
If only . . . !
Mark Smith examines how a loving God can allow suffering such as the Holocaust.
The United Nations Human Rights Council has urged countries to legislate against defamation of religion, and especially of Islam.
Is it normal human response to the disappointments of life to yearn for something more? Such emotion is engendered in us from our earliest years by those childhood stories where the heroine arrives just in time or the "force" comes to save the day.
It is simplistic and plain wrong to ascribe the terror tactics of Islamic extremists to the Muslim faith. In fact it is a gross distortion of what this religion is really about, says Ian Harris.
Can Christian ethics be applied to the business world? Ian Harris argues they can and should, citing an initiative from Harvard University in the United States.
Before jumping to conclusions on smacking, discipline and Section 59, says Stu Crosson, parents should consider again their assessment of the human heart: is it optimistic, pessimistic, or realistic?