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Buddhism and self-immolation: The theology of self-destruction | The Economist

MOST religions have strictures against suicide. But the theological calculus made by religious leaders often seems to change when communities are in a state of bitter conflict, and people are taking their own lives (and sometimes, but not always, the lives of others) in the apparent hope of furthering their community’s cause. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the globally influential …

Movie Review: Of Gods and Men’s Higher Love

Xavier Beauvois’s stark religious drama Of Gods and Men is loosely based on the true story of French monks who, in the nineties, elected to remain in their monastery in a rural Algerian village despite threats from an increasingly homicidal band of Islamic fundamentalists. For some, the decision to stay …