author: Andrew Hamilton

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  • MEDIA

    Henson nudes not 'revolting', but demand reflection

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 02 June 2008
    24 Comments

    The controversy surrounding art photographer Bill Henson's images of nude pubescent children reveals how strongly in our culture runs anxiety about child abuse. As a media event his art has been confused with the commercial exploitation of children.

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  • RELIGION

    Bishop Robinson confrontation leaves unfinished business

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 29 May 2008
    31 Comments

    The Australian Catholic Bishops argue that Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's book on sexual abuse questions the authority of the Church to teach definitively. But Bishop Robinson is right when he calls for reflection on the factors within Catholic culture that foster abuse.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Small symbols of hope amid Myanmar cyclone devastation

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 May 2008
    1 Comment

    As the scale of death and destruction becomes clearer, the most common response is one of helplessness, or rage, at the callousness of the military rulers. The challenge is to keep hope alive, which is a spiritual rather than a logistical challenge.

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  • RELIGION

    Fresh insights in old books

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 May 2008
    8 Comments

    Literary festivals introduce us to new writing. They rarely celebrate the old, for nothing is older than an old book. The works of St Augustine challenge our instinctive assumption that new wisdom supersedes old wisdom.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Eureka Street loses two friends

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 10 April 2008
    1 Comment

    The Australian Catholic Church and public life are the poorer for the passing of John Button and Archbishop Frank Little earlier this week. They both knew much about winning, but more about losing, and treated all they met with great respect.

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  • RELIGION

    Deflecting the war on sentiment

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 April 2008
    4 Comments

    Symbolic gestures such as the apology to the Stolen Generations are often seen as a substitute for practical action. But sentiment provides important pathways into understanding the human impact of government policy-making.

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  • RELIGION

    Owning responsibility with honest answers

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 March 2008
    8 Comments

    It may be tempting to believe that the 4WD we were driving while talking on our mobile phone has bumped over a wombat. Responsibility involves upfront acknowledgement of the negligent behaviour that has caused suffering to others.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Lifelong cyclist's test of faith

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 05 March 2008
    5 Comments

    Brakes are useful when riding down a mountain at dusk, but they are not to be taken for granted. The god of cyclists gives and takes away, and punishes and rewards. Eureka Street June-July 1994

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  • RELIGION

    Feeling good about feeling guilty

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 28 February 2008
    4 Comments

    Although feeling guilty is commonly associated only with worthlessness, it comprises a variety of feelings. Some are appropriate and helpful after we have acted wrongly, and may lead us to remedy in some measure what we have done.

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  • RELIGION

    Apology a reminder that sin is social

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 February 2008
    15 Comments

    Some Australians still believe it unreasonable for anybody to expect them to take responsibility for the wrongdoing of past generations. In the Christian tradition, the prophets did not simply sheet home blame to officials responsible, but imputed it to the whole people, who would also suffer the consequences.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Lent is about relationships

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 February 2008
    4 Comments

    The February Fast is a new movement that contracts young people to swear off alcohol for a month. It's an initiative that makes drink a servant of sociability and not its master. It's a good form of abstinence. Lent goes even further.

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  • RELIGION

    Cricket viewed from the Tower of Babel

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 31 January 2008
    7 Comments

    Tuesday was being described as cricket's "day of shame" following the Harbhajan Singh verdict. A look at the Tower of Babel encourages us to ask whether the problem is that technological changes have distorted the human relationships on which cricket relies.

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