17 - Spiritual Entertainment

‘Entertainment that is based upon spirituality, religious belief and the supernatural’ (Morpeth, 2009, in Moss, 2009, p.313).

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25th March, 2012

BBC NewsConcern over funding for upkeep of England's Cathedrals

News feature exploring the funding challenges faced by cathedrals in Britain.
25th October, 2011BBC NewsMusic fans worship at church gigs

Feature exploring how cathedrals and churches have risen in popularity with touring bands as venues to play in, however this can also cause conflict with worshippers who may not want to see religious venues used in this way.


5th October, 2011

YouGovDo you believe in psychics?

Around a quarter of British people have consulted a ‘psychic’, and well over half of those to have done so believe that they were truthful according to a YouGov poll.


26th May, 2010

BBC

BBC TV sees religion as 'tiresome obligation'

News article about a Radio 4 broadcaster calling for the appointment of a BBC religion editor to improve coverage of faith matters, accusing the BBC of finding it a 'tiresome obligation'.


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12th April, 2010

BBC

Unshrouding the science of the Shroud

News article about the exact history of Turin shroud, which has gone on display for the first time in 10 years, is hotly disputed. So what do we know about its authenticity?   


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3rd April, 2010

Guardian.co.uk

The utilitarian case for Easter

News article about how the made-up symbolic gestures and holidays like Earth Hour don't have the same pizzazz as Easter


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26th March, 2010

Times Online

Night when children stay up late to greet honoured guest

News article about how on the eve of Passover, childhood memories are stirred of a simple meal and Bible readings before the magical arrival of Elijah, herald of the Lord,


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2nd December, 2009

BBC

Cathedral city could show Gospels

News article about hopes that the city of Durham could play host to a three-month visit by the Lindisfarne Gospels, the illustrated manuscript.


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26th October, 2009

BBC

The headless horseman of Belfast

News article and accompanying video about how every city has its ghosts and Belfast is no different, but some are more famous than others.


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20th September,  2009

Times Online

Where do supernatural beliefs come from?

News article about how all religions contain supernatural beliefs such as the possibility of an afterlife, the existence of a soul and a belief in Gods. What scientists are now beginning to ask is: where do these beliefs come from?   


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6th July, 2009

BBC

Families praise 7 July memorial

News article about how the families of the victims of the 7 July 2005 London bombings have praised a permanent memorial created in their honour in Hyde Park.   


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21st June, 2009

BBC

Record crowd for Solstice sunrise

News article and accompanying video about a record crowd of about 36,500 revellers has welcomed the dawn of the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge.


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30th January, 2009

BBC

Millions head to Muslim festival

News article and accompanying video about Muslim pilgrims from Bangladesh and the rest of the world are gathering near Dhaka for the Biswa Ijtema festival intended to promote Islam.   


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21st October, 2007

Times Online

Get spooked in Britain's haunted houses

News article about Hallowe’en, the time sensible people avoid haunted houses. But Vincent Crump isn’t sensible.


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