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  • RELIGION

    The cost of our friendship with the United States

    • James Massola
    • 02 April 2007
    2 Comments

    Jesuit peace activist John Dear is continuing the tradition of civil disobedience pioneererd by the Berrigan brothers in the 1960s. A month in Australia has convinced him that we want to give up our freedoms in order to become part of the new American Empire.

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    Terrorists not solely responsible for violence

    • James McEvoy
    • 02 April 2007
    3 Comments

    Lily Brett's writing about her struggle to come to grips with her emotional scars in middle age gives us insight into our own. Moreover, the doctrine of original sin suggests that our temptation to blame violence entirely on terrorists is far too simplistic.

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    God has more humour than Helen Clark

    • Peter Matheson
    • 02 April 2007
    1 Comment

    Lively humour is deadly earnest. It erupts in the yawning gap between our dawn dreams of joy and justice and the noonday reality of cruelty and corruption. No totalitarian regime tolerates it for long.

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    Jesus Guilty! A slice of Roman talkback

    • Peter Fleming
    • 02 April 2007
    9 Comments

    Eight minutes past three, on this very good Friday. Call us on the open line and tell us what you think.... Well, we got him. It's been a long time coming, but, finally: he's confessed. Egg on the face of all his supporters this afternoon, as self-confessed terrorist Jesus Christ gets exactly what he deserved.

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    St Patrick, a man before his time

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 26 March 2007
    2 Comments

    Even though St Patrick's Day has not yet arrived, I have already received several cards and messages. Some came the old-fashioned way, delivered by the postman, but most were like my friend Colleen's, the virtual variety, and arrived with a "ping' in my inbox.

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    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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    What’s wrong with Voting for Jesus?

    • Scott Stephens
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    I must confess to growing bored very quickly when I hear that our real problem today is the erosion of spirituality, of belief in a deeper dimension of life, and the consequent rampant materialism. From a properly Christian perspective, the problem today is not materialism, but religion itself.

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    Pope's speech gives rise to bigger questions about reason

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    Andrew Hamilton reflects further on the furore provoked by Pope Benedict's speech at Regensburg.

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    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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    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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    Dialogue between individuals the way to inter-faith understanding

    • Greg Soetomo
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Encounters between individuals come before discussion of ideology or religion. By engaging in a dialogue between cultures and civilisations, a clash of religions can be avoided.

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    Chaplains, values and Australia's providential destiny

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    9 Comments

    When Australians have spoken about national providence, they associate it with a sense of mission. Mission and providence belong together. A God who played favourites would be subdivine. So God’s blessing must be given for all.

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