Religious controversies

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

Science and religion[edit]

The greatest contemporary controversy involving religion and science is the teaching of evolution in schools[citation needed]. 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[edit]

Visual arts[edit]



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