author: Andrew Hamilton

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Vale Marie

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 May 2007

    With the sudden death of Marie Tehan, we at Eureka Street have lost a dear friend and patron.

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  • RELIGION

    Wive's tales

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 May 2007

    It is a disconcerting fact of life that people who take unpopular moral positions are marginalised.

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  • RELIGION

    In praise of hypocrisy

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 May 2007
    2 Comments

    Symbolic gestures, whether at personal or at national level, are effective, even though they will have a barely measurable effect on water supply or global warming. Our world becomes different, and our sense of what has priority in it also changes.

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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

    Jon Sobrino and the Vatican judgment

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 April 2007
    16 Comments

    It is too early to explore the reasons for and the justice of the Vatican criticism of Jon Sobrino’s theology. But such judgments also affect human lives. So it may be useful to set this event in the context of the relationship between the Basque born theologian and the El Salvador to which he has committed his working life.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pacific Solution sends wrong moral message

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 02 April 2007
    4 Comments

    Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews justified his decision send the 83 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to Nauru, on the grounds that it was necessary to send a message to other would-be illegal immigrants. It is like a teacher beginning class by beating a couple of boys at random in order to discourage others from playing up.

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  • RELIGION

    Do freedom and spontaneity undermine liturgy?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 March 2007
    4 Comments

    According to Cardinal Ratzinger, we do not shape the liturgy, but liturgy shapes us. But it is less helpful to ask whether spontaneity and creativity are appropriate, than to ask what kinds of spontaneity and creativity are appropriate.

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  • RELIGION

    'Hate the sin, love the sinner' more sentimental than moral?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    19 Comments

    It sounds nice. Until we begin to name names. Adolf Hitler, Jozef Stalin, Pol Pot, Osama Bin Laden. These are monsters. To suggest that God loves them is to sentimentalise God, and to remove any firm basis for morality.

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  • RELIGION

    What's missing in Rudd-Abbott debate on faith in politics

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    22 Comments

    Questions of why Christianity has a personal and social morality of a particular shape demand a more complex account of Christian faith than that provided in Mr Rudd’s emphasis on Jesus’ practice or in Mr Abbott’s emphasis on moral law.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Jan Egeland, modern Santa

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    When we think of the rise and rise of Santa Claus, we might ask whether King Haakon was bringing a Trojan horse into the Christian camp when he brought Yuletide into Christmas. But he had good precedents. Outsiders continue to be important in retelling the Christmas story. This Christmas, Jan Egeland steps down as head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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  • RELIGION

    Why church leaders should not shut up

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    30 Comments

    Ultimately, the business of churches is truth, not growth. Of course, a passion for truth might also lead churches to reflect on many of the unnecessary things that alienate people and prevent growth. But the great gift that churches can bring to public life is a care for truth.

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  • RELIGION

    Faith and Reason in Limbo

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    10 Comments

    What is missing in this theological use of reason is an imagination grounded in ordinary humanity and, in the case of Christians, in the humanity of Christ, the criterion for our knowledge of God.

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