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Philosophy of Religion

Learning Curve: Diwali a spiritual celebration

Learning Curve: Diwali a spiritual celebration

The four days of this year's Diwali celebrations begin today. Diwali, a contraction of Deepavali, is known as the festival of lights.

Sunday, 11 November, 2012, 10:54am

The End of War

The End of War by John Horgan McSweeney's Books

Most of us have been led to believe that human beings are naturally predisposed towards war: it is either in our genes, or has become part of our psychological make-up as it plays a natural role in the evolution of our race.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Atheism reignites debate over God

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of what some call 'militant atheism', reigniting a very public debate about the existence, or rather the non-existence, of God.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am

A year after quake, cultural relics remain shattered

It has been a year since an earthquake devastated Yushu prefecture in the south of Qinghai. Five national-level and 23 provincial-level cultural relic sites in Qinghai and neighbouring Sichuan were shattered, officials said.

They still are.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Heroes no good without evil

Imagine Superman without his arch-nemesis Lex Luthor. Or Batman without the Joker. It's unthinkable. Megamind confronts this dilemma from the perspective of the villain: what if a villain had no superhero? Simple answer: he'd be so bored, sooner or later he'd create one.

13 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Letters

Modern cleaning equipment could do the job at Shek O Beach

It was disappointing to see the photo of the litter on Shek O Beach ('Unruly dogs, untidy visitors make popular beach Shek O's shame', October 17).

24 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Buddhist course offers a way to find meaning of life

With a history stretching back thousands of years and with millions of practitioners today, the influence of Buddhism is unquestionable. Many people have looked to this philosophy for answers about the nature of the world, solutions to health issues, or guidance on how to live their lives.

21 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Conference promotes spiritual awareness to boost well-being

Teachers have to boost the spiritual education of students to strengthen their emotional well-being, a conference attended by overseas leading philosophers and experts on spiritual education was told this week.

12 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Fundamental fears of a secular world

How come the United States, which leads the world in science and technology, is also home to so many Christian fundamentalists who reject the ideals of European Enlightenment and the knowledge of science, at least when it conflicts with the literal truths of the Bible?

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

In God We Doubt

In God We Doubt

by John Humphrys

Hodder & Stoughton, HK$128

18 May 2008 - 12:00am

How a love for Buddha statues inspired collector to buy more than 200 of them

How did you start collecting Buddha statues?

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

The God Delusion

The God Delusion

by Richard Dawkins

Black Swan, HK$148

3 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Zen and the art of filmmaking

Singapore

The International Buddhist Film Festival has been held in Washington, San Francisco and Amsterdam since it was launched in Los Angeles, in 2003. For the past three days, the 10-film event has been held in Singapore under the theme 'Medium of Reflection'.

20 May 2007 - 12:00am

Superstition rules among cadre ranks

Many supposedly atheist civil servants on the mainland are turning to ancient philosopher Zhou Gong's spiritual explanations to discover the meanings of their dreams.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

Buddhism at work

China's May Day 'golden week' holiday, traditionally a socialist celebration of workers' rights, began slightly differently this year. Crowds packed the roads leading to Badachu, a mountain park beyond Beijing's western hills - not to see Communist Youth League performances, as one might expect, but to glimpse a tooth.

8 May 2007 - 12:00am

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