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Last week, Australians began to receive postal survey forms enabling them to have their say on whether or not same-sex marriage should be legalised. For some people, this is a matter of conscience and human rights but for others, the vote is based on their religious beliefs.

The various churches and faiths of Australia have all taken different stances and provided different reasons for how their constituents should vote. We've collated the views of eight major faiths: from Hillsong Church to the Australian National Imams Council.

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There's a moment in the newest Thor: Ragnarok trailer that suggests something fascinating about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As Hela gleefully chokes the life out Thor, she takes a moment to remind him just who and what she is. She is not a queen. She is not a monster. She is the goddess of death.

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Claiming that evolution is "debatable, controversial, and too complicated for students," Turkey's board of education has decided to stop teaching Darwinian natural selection in its schools. The move has infuriated the country's secular opposition, but it could embolden other countries to do the same.

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Unlike many of today's workers, priests probably thought their jobs were safe from automation. Well, they thought wrong. In Wittenberg, Germany, one church has taken to automating spiritual guidance, creating a new robot, called the Bless U-2, that offers robotic benedictions to its fleshy parishioners.

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During renovations at the former site of a medieval church in London, England, construction workers uncovered the entranceway to a hidden crypt. Inside lay 30 lead coffins, including the remains of five former Archbishops of Canterbury. It's a completely unexpected archaeological finding — showing that even London's most famous historical sites still have secrets to tell.  

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Before Jesus arrived and his divine father chilled out, the Old Testament God was, ironically, kind of a hellraiser. He was not a nice guy. He really liked killing people. And he may have actually been insane, if his willingness to randomly murder devout worshippers like Moses was any indication. Here are the 12 craziest, most awful things God did in the Old Testament, back before that wacked-out hippie Jesus softened him up.

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Not every religion has a version of hell, but if they do, it's generally not a nice place. It's where the evil and unjust go to suffer, and the worse they are, the more elaborate their punishments can be. Here are 10 awful (but extremely creative) ways to spend the afterlife.

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Some people playing Pokemon GO today are probably too young to remember that Saudi clerics declared a fatwa, or Islamic religious ban, on Pokemon back in 2001. Unluckily for them, the resurgence of the augmented-reality version of the game has clerics renewing the ban to remind everyone that the pious do not wander around seeking imaginary animals.

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Built by Christians who believe the Earth is 6000 years old, a 155m-long, $US100 million ($133.3 million) "replica" of Noah's Ark is set to open in a new Kentucky theme park today. Critics say the attraction is nothing more than a big church that will be used to perpetuate Creationism.

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It's been over a quarter-century since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but God has not returned to East Germany. Protestant churches, getting worried about the declining popularity of Christianity, have come up with a plan. Spiritual advising couldn't bring people back, but maybe free Wi-Fi will.