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  • RELIGION

    Storming the atheist ethic

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 27 April 2010
    3 Comments

    The Melbourne Storm salary cap scandal indicates a major ethical breach somewhere within the club. Perhaps their senior executives might benefit from the NSW trial of school ethics classes.

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  • EDUCATION

    The trouble with school ethics classes

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 16 April 2010
    22 Comments

    The Sydney Anglican diocese is concerned that proposed ethics classes in schools might attract students away from existing scripture classes. This looks more like a matter of turf wars, of seeking to maintain numbers and so justify their continuance.

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  • RELIGION

    Liturgical payback

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 25 February 2010
    33 Comments

    It's unlikely people will flock back to mass simply because a new translation is in place. Far more likely is that, as with the change at Vatican II, there will be a disaffected minority who cease to practice because their experience of the sacred has been violated.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Best of 2009: Why green Catholics are not communists

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 08 January 2010
    3 Comments

    Many conservative Catholics are sceptical about global warming. For them environmentalism is the new communism. This echoes the paranoia of the '50s and '60s are clear, when anyone with an interest in social justice was suspect. September 2009

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  • EDUCATION

    Why universities welcome theological colleges

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 18 November 2009
    7 Comments

    The movement of existing theological schools into the university structure restores the ancient place of theology as a discipline within a university. But universities could be more interested in money than theology, with theological colleges bringing healthy student numbers and value for money research outputs.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Brake failure on the economic freeway

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 26 October 2009

    Even if we understand the intelligiblity of an automobile, we can still drive badly. With the GFC, the argument is not that better theories will ensure everyone behaves properly, but that without a proper economic theory even people of good will cannot work to achieve the good.

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  • RELIGION

    Fallen markets linked to fallen human beings

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 22 October 2009
    9 Comments

    While knowledge of the economy is important, we already have the more essential knowledge we need — about how fallen human beings behave, and about how to control the effects of such behaviour. The tranquillity of greed must not be left undisturbed.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Why ignorance, not greed, caused the GFC

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 20 October 2009
    2 Comments

    Sixty years ago, Jesuit Bernard Lonergan developed an analysis of the boom and bust cycles of economy. He often asked, 'Where were the Christian counter-parts of Karl Marx, sitting in the British Museum voraciously reading and relentlessly studying about political economy?'

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  • RELIGION

    Problems with Hitchens and Islam

    • Herman Roborgh
    • 09 October 2009
    3 Comments

    Modern atheists in the West and modernist Muslims in Islam are both abusing religion. Their discourse about God has been influenced by the popular demand for scientific empirical verification, and they have lost confidence in the ability of figurative language to open a way to truth.

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  • RELIGION

    Christopher Hitchens and ethics without God

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 October 2009
    19 Comments

    It has been argued that if people do not believe in a God who will condemn them for bad actions, they will feel free to act outrageously. The claims of Christopher Hitchens give pause to reflect upon whether ethical thinking needs to include God.

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    When Hitchens met Brennan

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 09 October 2009
    15 Comments

    Christopher Hitchens appeared on Q+A last week with Frank Brennan and others to debate questions of belief. Hitchens was a sharp debater, relentless in pointing out the flaws in fellow panelists' arguments. But Brennan was a worthy opponent.

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  • RELIGION

    Christopher Hitchens' illogical atheism

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 05 October 2009
    36 Comments

    Hitchens, like The God Delusion author Richard Dawkins, views belief in God not just as quaint, but as a sign of intellectual bad will. The age of muscular evangelical Christianity has been replaced by the age of muscular evangelical atheism.

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