The United Nations Human Rights Council has urged countries to legislate against defamation of religion, and especially of Islam.
Faith and reason
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?
Secularists would do well to acknowledge the place of Christianity in their heritage, suggests Ian Harris.
In a secular world, Luke's account of Pentecost - just past - is enlivened by linking it with the Jewish scriptures and, in particular with their coded meanings of wind and fire, suggests Ian Harris.
Richard Dawson argues that rather than encouraging good parenting the "smacking law" undermines self-confidence and is actually "a form of violence against ordinary parents".
Responding to Colin Blakemore's recent article that set science against religion, Paul Ewart argues that in fact there is no conflict between the two. And that "they are friends not foes".
Healing and health, holy and wholeness - the words have common or linked origins and are integral to the Judaeo-Christian tradition of faith, suggests Ian Harris.
Victor Billot argues that the Otago Daily Times series "Faith and reason" has so far featured a lot of faith, and very little reason.
Honest to God: How are Christians in a secular age to make sense of the resurrection? Through the transforming myth of the post-Easter Christ, suggests Ian Harris.
Fifty-five percent of us proclaim a Christian affiliation.
Honest to God: Should religion be taught in schools, and if so, what kind of religion? Ian Harris canvasses the territory.
Andrew Bradstock considers the value and future of the Commonwealth and how Christian faith and hope can help to make the world a better place.
If science deals with hypothesis and theory, and philosophy with systems and patterns of belief, it is faith that is required to grasp the existence of God, suggests Mark Buckle.