How to keep healthy and hydrated this Ramadan

One of the many joys of becoming a member of the Baha’i Faith is the opportunity I’ve had to experience the benefits of sunrise-to-sunset fasting. In addition to its spiritual benefits (allowing us to cultivate self-discipline, and to make more time for quiet meditation), fasting has been shown to contribute to physical good health. According […]

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Bahá’í: religion for the modern world

Bahá’í is what we might consider to be a ‘new religious movement’, because it has only come about within the last 150 years. It considers its recent emergence to be one more step on humanity’s advancement towards maturity, as the Bahá’ís believe that all religions brought about great leaps in human progress and understanding. Bahá’í […]

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Hating the sin: how I balance friendship and faith

The stereotypical behaviour of students is often incompatible with Catholic morality. If you believe that getting drunk, taking recreational drugs, and any kind of pre-marital sex are all morally unacceptable (which, admittedly, not all Catholics do) you are probably in the minority. The conduct of people around me – people I genuinely like and respect […]

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Jesus Walks (down the runway)

The fairy lights might have been turned off today, the tree taken down, and all nativities and their tiny wooden baby Jesuses packed away in the attic for another year, but, rejoice! (if you want to) because this year the Metropolitan Museum of Art has chosen the theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” for […]

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Science can be just as toxic as religion

‘The facts may tell you one thing. But, God is not limited by the facts. Choose faith in spite of the facts.’ Televangelist Joel Osteen typifies what infuriates atheists about religion. A successful celebrity preacher, once a guest at Barack Obama’s White House, Osteen seems to believe that conflicts between a person’s faith and their […]

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Religion at Oxford should be reexamined

Perhaps more than any other university, Oxford is defined by its skyline: Christ Church Cathedral, St. Mary’s Tower, the Exeter Chapel spire. These ancient towers rise above the University, defending its history and its tradition. Notably, all these landmarks share one thing in common: their religious origin and continued religious purpose. Oxford’s identity cannot be […]

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The father, the son, and the holy Gucci: how does faith fit with fashion?

For his Autumn/Winter 1996 collection, Alexander McQueen chose an unusual location. The show, entitled ‘Dante’ was held at Christchurch in London’s Spitalfields, and heavily featured Christian imagery, including thorn crowns and images of angels. The setting was partially chosen for the interesting paradox that the church’s architect, Nicholas Hawksmoor, had been a Satanist. After the […]

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Hugh’s “questionable” prayer room plan

A new prayer room at St Hugh’s College is set to open next year amidst controversy over its location and security. The room’s proposed site in the Wolfson building would lead to a staircase  previously accessible only by residents being open to all college members. Venkat Kondragunta, JCR President at Hugh’s, stressed that the “consultation […]

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