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Midnight Mass: Review

About one year ago, I wrote the review for Mike Flanagan’s follow-up to his incredibly successful horror series The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor. Bly Manor, like Hill House before it, was a visual essay on the ghosts that haunt us. Not the spirits necessarily, but the regrets, the fears, the […]

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Lifestyle

A New Wave of the New Age: the unlikely rebirth of alternative spirituality

The once demonized witches who were burned on the stake have since reincarnated under the hashtag #witchtok and boast a hefty 8.7 billion views on TikTok to date. Younger generations are navigating an increasingly uncertain existence through alternative mediums to harness their inner power and take back control of their own reality. From healing crystals […]

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Lifestyle

Modest Fashion Movement: how dressing conservatively is making it mainstream

Ultimately, modest fashion is about personal choice. Its stronghold is in the Muslim community, where women have long sought out ways to combine their desires for religious and fashionable expression in the way they choose to dress. Many misconceptions have circulated, mistaking those who wear the hijab or other religiously affiliated dress for an oppressed […]

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Religion and Diversity: London school breaks down barriers

In a time of both increasing diversity and increasing factionalism in the UK and the rest of the world, one primary school in London is making an effort to bridge religious and cultural gaps in a unique way. Simon Marks Primary School in Central London is first and foremost a Jewish school; however, half of […]

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From hatred to hope: leaving the Baptist Church behind

It is 1991. The Kansas humidity weighs on a group of protesters standing on a street corner holding signs. One of the protesters is a small, blond-haired, blue-eyed, chubby-cheeked little girl of five years old. Her mother made her leave her dolls in the car. She is holding a sign that she could not yet […]

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What the legalisation of same sex marriage and abortion means for Northern Ireland

As the clock struck midnight on 21 October, thousands of campaigners throughout Northern Ireland and further afield celebrated as their efforts were finally met with success. After a decades long fight by activists, legislation has come into effect that will decriminalise abortion and legalise same-sex marriage throughout Northern Ireland (NI).  Before now, NI was the […]

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Editorial

Mushrooms: the origins of our spiritual traditions?

The holiday season is approaching, as it did last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. Whether you celebrate Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Bodhi day, or any other beautiful spiritual tradition, the odds are, it has some sort of supernatural backstory that requires faith above reason. May it be flying reindeer or […]

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Organised religion versus secularism: a debate already won, or a dialogue to be continued?

Recently, the student debating society held a debate that discussed the motion, ‘This house opposes organised religion.’ In what seems to be an increasingly secular society, it’s to be expected to find people questioning why this issue is up for discussion at all. Hasn’t religion lost its relevance in a world where science and secular […]