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  • RELIGION

    The Pope with something to say

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 17 July 2008
    7 Comments

    World Youth Day pilgrims have said they are going to 'hear' Pope Benedict. In the time of John Paul II, they spoke of 'seeing' the Pope. The emphasis has switched from theatre to scholarship.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Converting Paisley the Irish demagogue

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 27 May 2008
    3 Comments

    Northern Ireland has celebrated a year of normal political life. If St Paul got hit by a bolt of lightning, what persuaded Ian Paisley to change from a brand-name for bigotry into a reasonable human being?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Terrorist fear exposes Dutch intolerance

    • Ashlea Scicluna
    • 20 May 2008
    19 Comments

    The popular perception of the Netherlands as a tolerant country is only a half-truth. Most Dutch rarely mix with the Islamic population, fearing Islam will encroach upon the traditional values of Dutch identity. The nation has failed to understand and accept its Muslim population.

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  • RELIGION

    Confront sexual abuse, don't manage it

    • Geoffrey Robinson
    • 25 October 2007
    59 Comments

    As long as the Church seeks to manage rather than confront, the devastating effect the sexual abuse scandal has had on the Church will continue and will cripple other activities.

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  • RELIGION

    Ecumenical sensitivity meets church law on women bishops

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 03 October 2007
    2 Comments

    The last pane of the 'stained glass ceiling' was removed last week for most Australian Anglicans. It turns out that a decision made for ecumenical and post-colonial reasons has enabled the change.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The urbane and inclusive vision of Edmund Rice

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 03 October 2007
    4 Comments

    In a time of perplexity about Catholicism and religion generally, the perspective of Christian Brothers' founder Edmund Rice is strongly anchored in a faith focused on the neediest groups in society. It points us towards recognising the good values and motives of those with whom we differ.

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  • RELIGION

    Hiding weakness no way to answer sex abuse charges

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 05 September 2007
    10 Comments

    A church that recognises its struggle to follow the way of Christ has no need to defend its reputation. 'Chaste prostitute' was one of many images the early church had to describe the tension between its high calling and broken response.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Polling whether politicians should go to heaven

    • Clive Hamilton
    • 08 August 2007
    13 Comments

    The results of the Australia's Institute's recent polling on the question reflect more than simple political judgments. While the Prime Minister seems to work hard at signalling his Christian beliefs, his moral standing appears tarnished by a widespread view that he is 'mean and tricky'. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Evangelical Christianity enters the dreaming

    • Joanna Cruickshank
    • 25 July 2007
    1 Comment

    At a German mission in Victoria's Wimmera, a young Wotjobaluk man converted to Christianity in 1860. After a vision of Jesus sweating blood in Gethsemane, he began evangelising his people in their own language.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    "One true Church" lessons for John Howard

    • Michael Mullins
    • 11 July 2007
    2 Comments

    The largely Protestant World Council of Churches reacted favourably to this week's perceived "one true Church" declaration by the Roman Catholic Church, calling it an honest sharing of divergences that helps the cause of unity. There are lessons for the Federal Government, which should declare its alleged Northern Territory "land grab" to be such, and in the national interest.

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  • RELIGION

    Is New Zealand a Christian country?

    • Peter Matheson
    • 13 June 2007

    The question of whether New Zealand should see itself as a Christian country has bubbled up in an unexpected way. The word ‘Christian’, itself, has become, almost unusable, associated in the public mind with fundamentalist bookshops and the like, or with short lived political parties which tout moralistic codes.

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  • RELIGION

    Power of polemic is self-perpetuating, but not persuasive

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 June 2007
    10 Comments

    The much commented-on recent books by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have reintroduced a broad brush anti-religious polemic. It has much in common with religious polemic against the secular world.

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