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Magic in the Moonlight?

Woody Allen’s most recent offering augured so well. Colin Firth is a perennial favourite, and it’s impossible not to love Emma Stone. The South of France in the 1920s; séances and charlatans; a classic adversarial romance. With ingredients this good, it promised pure viewing pleasure. How could it fail?

Yet fail it does. Stanley (Firth) as famous illusionist and sceptic,…

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Why theology matters even if there is no god - Even if there is no god theology still offers great insight into modern thinking and, yes, even science, as the late Wolfhart Pannenberg proved, writes John Dickson at The Drum.
Atheism has a creation myth, too - Where does atheism come from? The account offered in Nick Spencer's recent book 'Atheists: The Origin of the Species' might surprise you, suggests Simon Smart at The Drum.
Ending religion won’t end the conflict - The Middle East conflict might not be the best advert for religion, but it is a na├»ve presumption to assume that getting rid of religion would make the world a better place, writes Michael Bird at The Drum.
Why don’t we hear about persecuted Christians? - Natasha Moore at The Drum on one of the most under-reported stories of our time: the global persecution of Christians.
Food for thoughtful people - don’t always make a meal of it - Natasha Moore writes for The Sydney Morning Herald on food, gluttony and the spiritual aspects of fasting.