Search Results: Augustine

  • RELIGION

    Fresh insights in old books

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 May 2008
    8 Comments

    Literary festivals introduce us to new writing. They rarely celebrate the old, for nothing is older than an old book. The works of St Augustine challenge our instinctive assumption that new wisdom supersedes old wisdom.

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  • RELIGION

    The 'me first' election

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 December 2007

    In the election campaign the peoples' choice and their sovereignty often seemed to be defined simply as an arbitrary power to choose, with self-interest the only motivation. In the first week of the campaign, tax cuts trumped tax cuts.

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  • RELIGION

    Reasonable security a better bet than total security

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 19 September 2007
    3 Comments

    The internal logic of total security regards the dignity of people who stand in the way, as dispensable. Once respect for some human beings is treated as optional, the human dignity of those offered security becomes equally dispensable.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Walking through a human zoo

    • Richard Leonard
    • 02 April 2007
    1 Comment

    With his mother coming and going from the house and his life, Augustine has to find his way to adulthood. Running With Scissors feels like walking through a human zoo where we observe the insane antics of one caged character after another.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The dark gospel of Martin Scorsese

    • Scott Stephens
    • 02 April 2007
    1 Comment

    Scorsese’s is a fallen world. Like Cain, his tortured characters are driven further into the wastelands – whether the desert or the untamed streets of New York – by their acts of almost mythical violence, until any remaining vestige of hope or virtue is finally extinguished.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pacific Solution sends wrong moral message

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 02 April 2007
    4 Comments

    Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews justified his decision send the 83 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to Nauru, on the grounds that it was necessary to send a message to other would-be illegal immigrants. It is like a teacher beginning class by beating a couple of boys at random in order to discourage others from playing up.

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  • RELIGION

    Faith and Reason in Limbo

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    10 Comments

    What is missing in this theological use of reason is an imagination grounded in ordinary humanity and, in the case of Christians, in the humanity of Christ, the criterion for our knowledge of God.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Who makes you proud to be Australian?

    • Michael Mullins
    • 22 January 2007
    2 Comments

    One notable Australian who is not a candidate for Australian of the Year 2007 is Shane Warne. But maybe a morally repentant Warne could be a future contender.

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  • RELIGION

    Only books for politicians at Christmas

    • Morag Fraser
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    In the ideal world, the Christmas stockings of politicians would be filled with books. No bottles of single malt. No Tom Waits triple CD (alas). Only books.

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  • INFORMATION

    Fine distinctions

    • Brian Johnstone, C.SS.R.
    • 18 August 2006
    6 Comments

    A response to 'Condoms discussion returns to traditional moral norms', discussing the rationale of 'the lesser evil'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    News from everywhere

    • Eureka Street editors
    • 09 July 2006

    Latham negotiates political ladders, lovely views at the gallery and passports to freedom.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Of gods, monsters and fairytales

    • Dorothy Lee
    • 08 July 2006

    Tolkien’s epic resists allegory, but Dorothy Lee found it open to mythological and spiritual exploration.

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