Religion in contemporary world

Alison Greig (Wales): Heaven in the Early History of Western Religions. From Cognition and Culture, a webinar on Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict by Ara Norenzayan. Terry D. Goddard reviews Before Religion: a History of a Modern Concept by Brent Nongbri. Religion in contemporary world: Octavia Domide and Larisa Bianca Pirjol review The Everyday Sacred: Symbols, Rituals, Mythologies by Cristina Gavriluta and The Sociology of Religions: Beliefs, Rituals, Ideologies by Nicu Gavriluta. The introduction to A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the Origins to the Present Day, ed. Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora. Rosemary Joyce on women as leaders in early Christianity: Fairy tales? From The Atlantic, Richard J. Miller on religion as a product of psychotropic drug use: How much of religious history was influenced by mind-altering substances? From Student Pulse, is paganism a religion? Betsy C. Chadbourn on exploring the historical and contemporary relevance of paganism. Was Nietzsche right about religion? John Gray reviews The Age of Nothing by Peter Watson and Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton. Secularisation, myth or menace? Melvin Tinker on an assessment of modern “worldliness”. God and Man in the Machine: Peter Moons on religion in the transhumanist environment. Laura Leibman on clothing and religion. An interview with Dan W. Clanton, Jr., author of Understanding Religion and Popular Culture. An excerpt from The Age of Atheists by Peter Watson. Pseudo-scientists are still trying to convince you that the Shroud of Turin is real — don't believe them.