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  • RELIGION

    Is New Zealand a Christian country?

    • Peter Matheson
    • 13 June 2007

    The question of whether New Zealand should see itself as a Christian country has bubbled up in an unexpected way. The word ‘Christian’, itself, has become, almost unusable, associated in the public mind with fundamentalist bookshops and the like, or with short lived political parties which tout moralistic codes.

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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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    Jägerstätter, a man who acted on conscience

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 06 June 2007
    17 Comments

    Franz Jägerstätter has been recognised as a martyr by the Roman Catholic Church because he did what was right, not what was easy. His choices xcan teach us something today.

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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

    Sustaining mission focus – Religious institutions in transition

    • Mark Raper
    • 05 June 2007
    3 Comments

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  • RELIGION

    Prochoice Amnesty means no choice for members

    • Chris Middleton
    • 18 May 2007
    81 Comments

    Amnesty International has improved the lives of countless numbers of people wrongly imprisoned for their beliefs, or subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment. Now its decision to abandon its neutral stance on abortion could undermine the effectiveness in its main advocacy work.

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  • RELIGION

    Playful irreverence in the Town Common

    • Richard Treloar
    • 18 May 2007
    2 Comments

    Was Triple J's Jesus impersonation contest in Melbourne's Federation Square on the day before Good Friday merely a revival of the 'carnivalesque' tradition of playful irreverence that is linked with a destruction and uncrowning related to birth and renewal.

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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

    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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  • RELIGION

    Australians quietly spiritual, not Godless

    • Paul Collins
    • 15 May 2007
    17 Comments

    In 2005, Pope Benedict targeted Australians as world leaders in Godlessness. However a recent book argues that Australian spirituality is understated, wary of enthusiasm, authority, and characterised by "a serious quiet reverence".

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  • RELIGION

    Work-life balance goes beyond the family

    • Kylie Crabbe
    • 16 April 2007
    2 Comments

    The conversation about work-life balance is only just skimming the surface when it talks about childcare. We need to talk about how to structure employment arrangements to allow for good citizenship, befriending the stranger, and more.

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