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  • AUSTRALIA

    Dorothy Day and the price of pacifism

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 November 2007
    5 Comments

    There is more behind pacifism than intellectual conviction. For Dorothy Day, pacifism found a central place in a life of intellectual enquiry, hospitality to the poorest of people and protest against injustice. Her emphasis on pacifism remained constant and costly.

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  • RELIGION

    Bishop John Shelby Spong and consumer-friendly religion

    • Scott Stephens
    • 05 September 2007
    4 Comments

    Western Buddhism and Pentecostalism are sometimes criticised as self-indulgent forms of religion. Is Bishop Spong's Christian humanism any different?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Fall from grace often no more than spin

    • Michael Mullins
    • 05 September 2007

    Almost any organisation responds to criticism by rebutting it, but the rebuttal is unnecessary if the institution is not afraid of the truth. It's children who can often see the essence of matters clearly while older generations often get lost in the fog of spin around the edge.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Polling whether politicians should go to heaven

    • Clive Hamilton
    • 08 August 2007
    14 Comments

    The results of the Australia's Institute's recent polling on the question reflect more than simple political judgments. While the Prime Minister seems to work hard at signalling his Christian beliefs, his moral standing appears tarnished by a widespread view that he is 'mean and tricky'. 

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  • RELIGION

    Power of polemic is self-perpetuating, but not persuasive

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 June 2007
    10 Comments

    The much commented-on recent books by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have reintroduced a broad brush anti-religious polemic. It has much in common with religious polemic against the secular world.

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  • RELIGION

    Book Review: Frank Brennan answers atheist manifestos

    • Frank Brennan
    • 05 June 2007
    6 Comments

    There can be no peace unless believers and atheists share an equal place in the public square of a free and democratic society.

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  • RELIGION

    Why militant anti-theism is a God-send

    • Scott Stephens
    • 18 May 2007
    26 Comments

    The term “atheist” seems too respectable for the position occupied by commentators such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. They are anti-theists, opposed in principle to every last attachment to the divine, leading many to accuse them of a kind of inverted fundamentalism that lacks the core modern virtue of tolerance or respect for others.

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  • RELIGION

    What’s wrong with Voting for Jesus?

    • Scott Stephens
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    I must confess to growing bored very quickly when I hear that our real problem today is the erosion of spirituality, of belief in a deeper dimension of life, and the consequent rampant materialism. From a properly Christian perspective, the problem today is not materialism, but religion itself.

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Conscience Canberra Launch Speech - Kevin Rudd MP

    • 27 February 2007

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The fake morality of Al Gore's convenient lie

    • Scott Stephens
    • 22 January 2007
    25 Comments

    Perhaps the slick advocacy of Al Gore’s pop environmentalism is a way of baptising lives that are already excessive, self-seeking and idolatrous with a sickly green tinge. Rather than change our consumption habits, it makes us feel better about them (like drinking Diet Coke).

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    No ordinary coming-of-age drama

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 September 2006

    At Midnight Mass and blissed-out on the music playing on his Walkman, the newly atheist Zac daydreams that he’s floating up to the rafters, taking flight as the congregation below 'ooh-oohs' to the refrain of the Stones’ 'Sympathy For the Devil'. More than escapism, the scene reflects Zac’s unconscious desire to transcend the natural order of his world.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Viennese moment

    • Michael McGirr
    • 04 July 2006

    Michael McGirr looks into Peter Singer’s Pushing Time Away.

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