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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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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The silent narrative of trees

    • Thor Beowulf
    • 07 December 2009
    5 Comments

    Trees are recognised as powerful cosmological agents in many of the earth's myths, rituals and religious beliefs. A worldwide 'bell ringing for climate justice' on 13 December will signify a vocal, moral and spiritual re-engagement of churches with nature.

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  • INFORMATION

    Bringing theology home to the academy

    • Gerard Goldman and Terry Lovat
    • 24 November 2009

    It has been suggested, but surely not seriously, that the public university’s prime motive in including theology among its disciplines might be around financial benefit.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    When freedom of religion trumps free speech

    • Mick MacAndrew
    • 11 August 2009
    16 Comments

    In April, Germany's highest court ruled against animal rights group PETA. It said the Holocaust is part of the identity of being a Jew, and any attempt to use the fate of the victims for trivial reasons is a defamation of the religion.

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  • RELIGION

    On blaming God for swine flu

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 06 May 2009
    15 Comments

    An American priest reportedly claimed that swine flu was God's punishment for sin. The idea that God might use natural disasters to punish people is repugnant. But at first glance the Scriptures do seem to represent God as doing just that.

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  • INFORMATION

    The Pope: first among equals

    • Andrew McAlister
    • 05 February 2009

    During Vatican II, which was first called 30 years ago last month, the pastoral leadership of the church attempted to bring Roman Catholicism into the 20th century. Why did the notion of a supreme Pontiff survive?

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  • RELIGION

    Educating leaders for the contemporary Australian Church

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 October 2008

    'Lee and Christine Rush are your average Ozzie couple, except that their teenage son Scott is on death row in Bali having been convicted of being a hapless drug mule. It will not go down well on the streets of Jakarta if Australians are baying for the blood of the Bali bombers one month and then pleading to save our sons and daughters the next month.'

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Muslim and Catholic pilgrims share the wisdom of travel

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 16 July 2008
    8 Comments

    WYD pilgrims, like Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, know that in the act of travelling, they will learn things about themselves that they could never learn from books and sermons. Pilgrims are warriors whose battles are internal and spiritual.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Progressive evangelicals succeeding US religious right

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 31 March 2008
    3 Comments

    Rev. Jim Wallis, a prominent religious minister and political consultant, argues that America has entered the era of a 'post-religious right'. While a Republican candidate like John McCain can't ignore the evangelical vote, their uniformity is no longer apparent.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    No place for truth in citizenship training school?

    • Erasmus
    • 09 January 2008

    It’s an ordinary day at the Citizenship Traditional School. Citizenship questions are about Australian values – fair go, mateship, correct use of English, etc. Take the questions home and memorise the right answers. From 18 May 2007.

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  • RELIGION

    Keeping a safe distance from religion

    • James McEvoy
    • 31 October 2007
    7 Comments

    Our secular age is schizophrenic, or better, deeply cross-pressured. People are not conscious of a need for religion, yet they are moved to know that there are dedicated believers, like Mother Teresa.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraq's overlooked political factions

    • Dan Read
    • 08 August 2007

    The Iraq situation is a lot more complex than a simple standoff between western democracy and political Islam. Until this is understood, a viable solution that takes Iraq towards genuine democracy and self government is impossible.

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