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  • RELIGION

    Church statements could be overrated

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 September 2007
    1 Comment

    Whenever a moral issue swims into public view, people will call for church leaders to make a statement about it. The call should be weighed carefully – such statements have their place but are not normally all that helpful.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Respect for politicians who represent all of us is crucial

    • Frank Brennan
    • 12 September 2007
    8 Comments

    I agree with the New South Wales bishops that persons with respect for human life should vote against stem cell legislation. However, I will continue to respect the conscience of those politicians who say that they have to legislate for all citizens including those who do not share their religious and philosophical presuppositions.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A short note on secrets

    • Brian Doyle
    • 13 June 2007
    5 Comments

    Women and secrets led me to murky confusion where I have lived ever since. The first girl I ever kissed swore me to secrecy, but we were fourteen years old then and I didn’t actually have anyone to tell the secret to, since my brothers and friends would have fallen down laughing at the very idea that a girl had kissed me.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Building blocks for a compassionate society

    • Barry Jones
    • 05 June 2007
    9 Comments

    Tackling the problem of terrorism by the application of force is unlikely to succeed. Pouring blood on the Iraqi desert produced an upsurge of terrorism where none had been before: cruelty, genocide even, but not terrorism, let alone fundamentalist terrorism.

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  • RELIGION

    Prochoice Amnesty means no choice for members

    • Chris Middleton
    • 18 May 2007
    81 Comments

    Amnesty International has improved the lives of countless numbers of people wrongly imprisoned for their beliefs, or subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment. Now its decision to abandon its neutral stance on abortion could undermine the effectiveness in its main advocacy work.

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  • RELIGION

    'Hate the sin, love the sinner' more sentimental than moral?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    19 Comments

    It sounds nice. Until we begin to name names. Adolf Hitler, Jozef Stalin, Pol Pot, Osama Bin Laden. These are monsters. To suggest that God loves them is to sentimentalise God, and to remove any firm basis for morality.

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Conscience Brisbane Launch Speech - Archbishop Phillip Aspinall

    • 27 February 2007

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Conscience Sydney Launch Speech - Daniel Gilbert

    • Daniel Gilbert
    • 27 February 2007

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  • RELIGION

    What's missing in Rudd-Abbott debate on faith in politics

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    22 Comments

    Questions of why Christianity has a personal and social morality of a particular shape demand a more complex account of Christian faith than that provided in Mr Rudd’s emphasis on Jesus’ practice or in Mr Abbott’s emphasis on moral law.

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  • RELIGION

    Which ideas belong in the public sphere?

    • Peter Douglas
    • 27 February 2007

    The post-Enlightenment commitment to the rational testing of claims is important if we are avoid the excesses of fundamentalism. But it could be time to accept that the range of acceptable ideas has been too narrow.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Catholic Social Services have a role to play in pregnancy counselling

    • Joe Caddy
    • 27 February 2007
    5 Comments

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Remembering a hanging

    • Peter Norden
    • 27 February 2007
    33 Comments

    Forty years ago Ronald Ryan had a noose put around his neck by the prison hangman. With the authority of the Victorian State Government, its then Premier, Henry Bolte, and the Victorian Supreme Court he was killed. Ryan was the last man hanged in Australia, and many believe he will always retain that infamous privilege.

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