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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The great faiths continue to provide a moral compass in cynical times

    Posted Dec 29th 2012, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... claiming that religion is a great survivor. "Superpowers tend to last a century; the great faiths last millenniums," says Sacks. He claims that the great religions offer the moral ...

  2. The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road

    Posted Jul 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... best-known for his 1975 travelogue The Great Railway Bazaar- mixes the jagged ramblings of Smollett with extracts from the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Vladimir Nabokov and Graham Greene. Theroux also ...

  3. News - China - CHANGING FACES

    Taoist priest spreads ancient wisdom

    Posted Apr 14th 2013, 12:00am by He Huifeng

    ... shui masters in Jiangxi province, which is considered the birthplace of Taoism and therefore of great symbolic value to Taoists. Many fung shui masters in my hometown are Taoists. My ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Catholic Church's scandals no mere 'footnotes'

    Posted Feb 28th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE Catholic scandals no mere 'footnotes' Many people know Paul Kennedy as the author of the bestselling The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers . Now, ... the eternal and the temporal, the holy and the ugly, than Benedict. By all accounts one of the world's great theologians, he was also the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ...

  5. News - World - CATHOLIC CHURCH

    Pope Francis calls for a poor church for the poor

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... are not going very well," he added. He then joked that some other cardinals suggested other names: Hadrian VI, after a great church reformer - a reference to the need for the pope to clean up ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A pope who has failed to connect with the modern world

    Posted Feb 14th 2013, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Kevin Rafferty says the pope's legacy of a wounded church may be too great a test for his successor Sound in doctrine, Benedict has little to say to those with everyday problems Soon after Benedict XVI announced he was quitting as pope at the end of this month, the Vatican was hit by a drenching thunderstorm in which violent lightning appeared over the top of St ...

  7. Build a pantheon to all great thinkers, not a Confucius temple

    Posted Dec 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... example and build a pantheon, to honour the important contributions made by all great Chinese thinkers to their culture and science. Likewise, we should have a 'Chinese culture and science ...

  8. The great cartoon controversy

    Posted Nov 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... When Flemming Rose heard four years ago that Danish cartoonists were too afraid of Muslim militants to illustrate a new children's biography of the Prophet Mohammed, he decided to put his nation's famous tolerance to the test-and got a little mo ...

  9. News - World - RELIGION

    Church of England rejects legislation on women bishops

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 03:21am by Reuters in London

    ... the barrier is we have set for ourselves,” he told reporters. Asked if women priests, who make up about a third of the Church of England clergy, would now feel they are second class priests, he said: ...

  10. News - World

    Church of England lost credibility on women bishops

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 09:36pm by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... ago. “Whatever the motivation for voting yesterday, whatever the theological principle on which people acted and spoke, the fact remains that a great deal of this discussion is not intelligible ...




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