Author: Peter Kirkwood

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    The 'Charles Darwin' of human sciences

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 29 July 2011

    Anglican priest Scott Cowdell is a leading proponent of French-American thinker René Girard. He compares him to Charles Darwin due to 'the simple elegance of his theory for explaining a huge amount of diverse phenomena' relating to human motivation, culture and religion.

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    The 'Charles Darwin' of human sciences

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 29 July 2011

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    Intimacy of religion and violence

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 15 July 2011
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    Intimacy of religion and violence

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 15 July 2011

    Austrian lay Catholic theologian, Wolfgang Palaver, is today one of the world's leading exponents of French-born philosopher Rene Girard's philosophy about the relationship between religion and violence. But Palaver had unlikely beginnings for his work as a professional Catholic theologian. 

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    Denouncing bad religion

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 01 July 2011
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    Denouncing bad religion

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 01 July 2011
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    The saturation coverage of the assassination of Osama bin Laden helped the cause of anti-religionists such as the New Atheists, who make blanket denunciations of religion. Theologian Peter Vardy says it’s not enough for believers to shine the light on good religion. They must denounce bad religion as well.

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    Buddhist nun's social activism

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 17 June 2011
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    Buddhist nun's social activism

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 17 June 2011

    A December 2000 article in The Age said Robina Courtin has 'been a black belt in karate, one of many daughters in a large Catholic family, a supporter of the Black Panthers, a radical lesbian separatist feminist and a lot else besides'. As a little girl she wanted to become a Catholic priest. Instead she became a Buddhist nun.

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    Islam without billboards

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 03 June 2011
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    Islam without billboards

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 03 June 2011

    This week a series of billboards proclaiming 'Jesus: a prophet of Islam' and other pro-Muslim slogans have stirred controversy in Sydney. Andrew Harvey, a devotee of the mystical strand of Islam, the Sufi tradition, has a much subtler message about the basics of Islam.

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    Good news from Palestine

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 20 May 2011
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    Good news from Palestine

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 20 May 2011

    The idea of establishing a university in Palestine was first mooted during the 1964 visit of Paul VI. Today Bethlehem University has 3000 students, and has had 12,000 graduates since its foundation. Current vice-chancellor Peter Bray is well placed to lead it through its next phase.

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