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  • RELIGION

    Atheism vs religion: half time update

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 19 October 2011
    35 Comments

    Public interest in the aggressive form of atheism represented by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, and the religious response to it, seems to have waned. This half time break gives commentators a chance to grab a pie and sauce and assess who is likely to win.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Inhaling God

    • Jessica Voelker
    • 13 September 2011
    1 Comment

    One American physicist claims each breath we take contains molecules of air that were also breathed by Archimedes, Aristotle, and even Jesus Christ. Through physics, religion, the human body, and mythology, there is a thread that weaves us into a continuous rich tapestry.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Australia underwater

    • Selma Sergent
    • 06 September 2011
    13 Comments

    A lot of people refused to leave. Sydneysiders with waterfront properties could not fathom that the mansions that had cost them millions of dollars were going to be under water. There were stories of eastern suburbs socialites loading their antiques into boats. And drownings. Lots of drownings.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hooked on monogamy

    • Jen Vuk
    • 09 August 2011
    6 Comments

    New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan said recently that  sanctioning gay marriage could lead to demands for the legalisation of polygamy. US author Sidney Callahan argues that, gay or straight, we all strive for 'pair bonding that contributes to equality and unity'.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    We don't own Amy Winehouse

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 July 2011
    4 Comments

    It sometimes seems celebrities are public property. News of the death of British singer Amy Winehouse was met with both grief and jokes. Hearing her father Mitch speak of her as any father would about a child who has died prematurely, grounds her.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Fearing America's national debt

    • Brian Doyle
    • 26 July 2011
    8 Comments

    America, my country, is teetering on the edge of a dark future. We cannot continue in this fashion, or we will enslave our children and grandchildren to ruinous debt; we will twist their lives in unimaginable ways, because we would not pay our bills or reduce the luxury with which we lived.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Beethoven's vision of God

    • Thomas Shapcott
    • 13 June 2011
    2 Comments

    He was deaf as a lamppost in the end, so that he never heard a note of it. We listen still, and we hear the sound of what it was like to be alone. We are surrounded. After all these years we have to believe that god was important.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Coastal communion

    • Gregory Day
    • 31 May 2011
    6 Comments

    In the tiny church built of ecumenical brick, with barely any aesthetic pleasure to distract from the humility of the message, Patrick and his cohort in both the earlier football match and in the communion to come, sat quietly, though with the telltale legs of novices swinging restlessly under the front pew.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Bulldozing famous backyards

    • Brian Matthews
    • 12 May 2011
    2 Comments

    Great sports men and women have emerged from suburban backyards and the tutelage of their parents on the rapidly wearing lawn. The yard Michael Younes wanted to obliterate in order to construct town houses had been the childhood training ground of one of Australia's greatest sportspeople.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Kids circle the holy parts

    • Brian Doyle
    • 17 March 2011
    2 Comments

    They learn to lie, are just not into dental hygiene, skin their knees nine times a day, and do things like smear peanut butter on their abraded knees and shake flour on the dog. Still, best of all, better than every other joy and thrill, are kids.

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  • RELIGION

    A truce between science and religion

    • Ashleigh Green
    • 06 March 2011
    17 Comments

    Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking's book The Grand Design purported to explain why a creator is unnecessary. John Polkinghorne, a Cambridge University theologian and scientist, has shed light on a new complementary model of science and religion.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Reincarnated goats and the sacrament of change

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 March 2011
    1 Comment

    A hollow booming is the only result of the sickly goatherd's urgent knocking on the church door on the night before his death. The image makes a sad irony of the man's simple faith in the healing power of the ash he earlier swept off the church floor.

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