author: Andrew Hamilton

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  • RELIGION

    Politics and religion are not warring states

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 30 October 2006
    7 Comments

    It could be argued that that there is no place in public life for people who are not religious. Such an argument might apply if "religious people" work out of considered views of what constitutes a good society and a good human life, and "non-religious people" see public life and politics instrumentally.

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  • RELIGION

    Culture warriors have no place in Catholic life

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 October 2006
    1 Comment

    The concept of Catholic Culture Wars is destructive, because it makes truth the slave of power. Its logic can be seen in a recent Quadrant review, which projects onto an art exhibition a preoccupation with the occult and sexually ambiguous.

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  • RELIGION

    Culture warriors have no place in Catholic life (full version)

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 October 2006
    4 Comments

    The concept of Catholic Culture Wars is destructive, because it makes truth the slave of power. Its logic can be seen in a recent Quadrant review, which projects onto an art exhibition a preoccupation with the occult and sexually ambiguous.

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  • RELIGION

    Religious freedom and the inflammatory power of the Cross

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 September 2006

    The unrelated cases of the Melbourne schoolgirl, and the Scottish goalie, both invoke two principles that are normally kept quite separate—the right of individual self-expression, and the right of religious freedom.

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  • RELIGION

    What makes a site sacred?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 September 2006
    17 Comments

    Recently a group broke into the Redfern Catholic Church, and defied their parish priest by painting a large and splendidly executed mural that enshrined the words of Pope John Paul II in Alice Springs 20 years ago. The priest was left with an unpalatable dilemma—leave the mural there, or whitewash Pope John Paul II.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The place of empathy in moral judgment of Israel's war

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 September 2006
    2 Comments

    The judgment about what is proportionate is not a mathematical judgement, but a human one. Perhaps part of the widespread criticism of the actions of Israel, as of the United States, does not come out of disrespect for these nations, but from high expectations.

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  • RELIGION

    Is asylum seeker dumping usury?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 August 2006
    3 Comments

    The new Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has described IMF and World Bank conditional loans to Third World countries as usury.  

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  • RELIGION

    Angels dance before our eyes

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 August 2006
    2 Comments

    Theologians have taken fire for asking how many angels can dance on the point of a needle. The image of angels on needles may take us closer to reality than it appears.

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  • RELIGION

    Why so little moral outrage at the destruction of Lebanon?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 August 2006
    6 Comments

    Out of the passion of Lebanon, one hopeful image remains. It is the barely restrained rage of UN representative, Jan Egeland, at such unnecessary devastation. It made evident the general absence of moral passion or even reflection on the destruction in Palestine and Lebanon.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Military power no way to uphold human dignity

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 24 July 2006
    5 Comments

    Suicide bombing, kidnapping and rocket attacks are morally indefensible. They commonly demean the humanity of those who indulge in them and those who suffer them. The response to acts of violence is morally more complex.

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  • RELIGION

    Does God have a sense of humour?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 10 July 2006
    4 Comments

    Humour differs across individuals and cultures. I may switch off Funniest Home Videos to watch the hundredth rerun of Fawlty Towers. But should I imagine God congratulating me on my superior sense of humour?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Washed clean

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 July 2006

    In Cambodia, included in the celebration of the new year is a washing ceremony.

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