section: Religion

There are more than 200 results, only the first 200 are displayed here.

  • 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.

    READ MORE
  • RELIGION

    Maintaining the UN's moral gold standard

    • Frank Brennan
    • 10 December 2008
    5 Comments

    Sixty years on, it is fashionable to describe the Declaration of Human Rights as a peculiarly western, individualistic conception. It was not. Now is the time for Australia to discuss how best to make the State attentive to the still, small voice of conscience.

    READ MORE
  • RELIGION

    Poor man's pioneer

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 28 November 2008
    21 Comments

    For many young Catholics in the 1960s the defining issue was poverty. An idealistic social activism was part the contemporary culture. Brian Stoney, who died last week, was a significant figure in shaping ways of accompanying the poor.

    READ MORE
  • RELIGION

    Vatican over-indulgence with incentive pay

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 November 2008
    3 Comments

    'About half' was Pope John XXIII's reply to a visitor who asked how many people worked in the Vatican. The Vatican is reportedly updating its employment practices by offering incentive payments based on performance. But these devalue work and represent it purely as a financial transaction.

    READ MORE
  • RELIGION

    Obama's Dream at the Lincoln Memorial

    • Frank Brennan
    • 11 November 2008
    10 Comments

    The great orator Obama is yet to put real shape on his message of change and hope. Should he harness the good will he has evoked across traditional boundaries and be granted a second term, he will be able to mount those steps at the Lincoln Memorial on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and proclaim to the world, 'Yes we can, because we have a dream'.

    READ MORE
  • RELIGION

    The human cost of ideology

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 November 2008
    10 Comments

    All ideologies, including religions, can rot. They can neglect the view of the human world on which they are based and focus simply on implementing the consequences of their ideas. When this happens the costs in human misery are great.

    READ MORE
  • RELIGION

    Neither Scott nor Amrozi deserves death

    • Frank Brennan
    • 17 October 2008
    31 Comments

    We should feel deep regret when the bullets pierce the hearts of the Bali Bombers. Neither just nor useful, the death penalty is immoral. Prime Minister Rudd is well positioned to contribute to its abolition.

    READ MORE
  • RELIGION

    Killing people for killing people

    • Frank Brennan
    • 17 October 2008
    9 Comments

    'For me, talk of the death penalty evoked the young, frightened faces of Scott and Emmanuel, as well as the laughing, haughty faces of Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra.' Full text from Frank Brennan's session on 'Killing People for Killing People', Ubud Writers Festival, 17 October 2008.

    READ MORE
  • RELIGION

    Moral relativism's extreme close-up

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 October 2008
    2 Comments

    Two people embrace on a verandah. The camera pulls back to disclose a housing estate, with couples embracing on each verandah. Relativism works like the move from close-up to broad perspective in film, by seeming to deflate the significance of what we have just seen.

    READ MORE
  • RELIGION

    The tale of the wealthy bludger

    • Anne Schmid
    • 09 October 2008
    6 Comments

    The market crash was driven by fear as much as greed. Greed results from the gap between rich and poor, which leads everyone to feel they are holding on to their way of life by a thread. A truly just economy would be a stable economy.

    READ MORE
  • RELIGION

    Educating leaders for the contemporary Australian Church

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 October 2008

    'Lee and Christine Rush are your average Ozzie couple, except that their teenage son Scott is on death row in Bali having been convicted of being a hapless drug mule. It will not go down well on the streets of Jakarta if Australians are baying for the blood of the Bali bombers one month and then pleading to save our sons and daughters the next month.'

    READ MORE
  • RELIGION

    Reality check for antisocial Church

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 02 October 2008
    15 Comments

    There is tension in the churches between those focused on piety and those engaged with social justice. Benedict's document on globalisation will presumably stress that concern for social justice is essential to the Church's mission.

    READ MORE

x

Subscribe for more stories like this.

Free sign-up