Religious controversies  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

There have been a number of religious controversies based around the teaching of science, certain religion practices and in the depiction of religion or religious figures in culture.


Science and religion

The greatest contemporary controversy involving religion and science is the teaching of evolution in schoolsTemplate:Fact. This debate is most prevalent in generally conservative regions of the United States and there is little serious debate on the subject outside the United States.


The Chinese Rites controversy was a dispute within the Catholic Church from the 1630s to the early 18th century about whether Chinese folk religion rites and offerings to the emperor constituted idolatry or not.

Female genital cutting and circumcision attract controversy especially when practiced outside of the countries in which they are commonly performed.

Art, literature and popular culture

Visual arts



  • Monty Python's Life of Brian, a controversial comedy film about religion, attracted controversy and was censored in some British towns, such as Aberystwyth in Wales for almost 30 years after it was first released.
  • South Park's controversial Bloody Mary episode.
  • The Last Temptation of Christ film, as with the novel of the same name, depicts the life of Jesus Christ while free from sin, was still subject to every form of temptation that humans face, including fear, doubt, depression, reluctance and lust.

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