We live in a random universe, explains Marcus Chown
Choosing to leave the religion you have grown up in, the faith of your family and friends, can be lonely and painful. In our new series people from a variety of different faith backgrounds who have gone through this experience tell their stories.
Not satisfied by the religions on offer, Sam Mills decides to create another cult of her own. Illustrations by Ralph Steadman
Laurie Taylor meets his match
Though belief in religion is on the wane, angels have never been more popular. Why’s that? asks Sally Feldman
From the schoolyard to San Quentin, California’s restorative justice programmes are diverting young offenders from a life of crime and allowing even those convicted of serious crime to take responsibility and reform. Might they even transform America’s dysfunctional penal system? David Belden reports
Ten years after his death, Edward Said’s work remains a guide for how to hold universal principles in increasingly diverse societies
Laurie Taylor tries a bit of brain training
On the 68th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, David Baresch's powerful account of visiting the sites shows that the past is not forgotten
He wasn’t infallible, but Ronald Dworkin’s courteously devastating arguments made everyone raise their game. Jonathan Rée reads his final book
Raymond Tallis finds Patricia Churchland’s neurophilosophy to be more neuro than philosophy
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