keywords: Religious Devotion

  • RELIGION

    How to talk to students

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 December 2008
    9 Comments

    Church political pressure works against engaging young people in meaningful conversation. The value of conversation is often seen to lie less in the search for truth than in articulating positions.

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  • RELIGION

    Religious devotion meets popular culture

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 28 August 2008
    3 Comments

    If we show an interest in the lives of soapies characters, we may be seen as aesthetically and culturally dim. People whose religious imagination expresses itself in exuberant devotional practices are often seen in the same way.

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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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  • RELIGION

    In bed with the secular spirit

    • James McEvoy
    • 25 June 2008
    4 Comments

    A teacher at a Catholic college joked that students turned to Madonna — the pop icon, not the religious one — for spiritual inspiration. Western society may seem to trivialise religion, but a culture of authenticity has developed in which people seek their own way and deepest fulfilment.

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  • RELIGION

    Hiroshima insider's imprint on Jesuit sensibility

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 August 2007
    2 Comments

    This year marks the centenary of the birth of Pedro Arrupe, the Basque Jesuit who worked in Japan and later became the Jesuits' Superior General. He was present at Hiroshima on 6 August 6 1945, the day on which the atomic bomb was dropped.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Anzac Day celebrates humanity, not nationalism

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 April 2007
    11 Comments

    The proliferation of flags, the singing of national anthems, and the desire to make Anzac Day emblematic of Australian values, all diminish the real humanity of those who have died, in order to allow another generation to inflate its image of itself.

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  • RELIGION

    The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    There is a strong argument that the Qur'an does not sanction the use of martyrdom operations. But it must be asked why radical interpretations of the Qur'an resonate with some Muslim communities.

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  • RELIGION

    Lessons for Church in the new Ireland

    • Piaras Jackson
    • 21 August 2006

    History shows how Irish people have relied on the Church in coping with adversity. The 'official' church may now choose to follow where the people have led, into an Ireland that is more diverse, urban and secular than before.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Virtual voyeurism

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 10 July 2006

    Webcams allow us to see ordinary life as it is being lived around the world. A myriad of sites takes us to tourist sites, places of worship, and even to the Antarctic.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Worth a fatwa?

    • Peter Pierce & Catherine Pierce
    • 02 July 2006

    Has Michel Houellebecq earned the criticism that has come his way?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The question mark

    • Terry Monagle
    • 26 June 2006
    1 Comment

    Experiencing death in the midst of life

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  • RELIGION

    New (old) ways

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 June 2006

    ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’, is a cynical aphorism, done best with a French shrug. Much more interesting is its converse, ‘The more things are the same, the more they have changed’.

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