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  • RELIGION

    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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    Acting on Faith-Based Conscience in a Pluralist Democracy

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2007

    Links to the full text and audio of the speech delivered by Frank Brennan SJ at the Australian Catholic University on 29 July.  

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  • RELIGION

    Muslim at the heart of an Indonesian Christian office

    • Greg Soetomo
    • 27 February 2007
    2 Comments

    When I reflect on this conversation, I am also struck by how different what I see in daily life is from what I read and watch in the media about about Muslim militants, the clash between Christians and Muslims, fundamentalism, or terrorism. Every age has its own false ideas. In our time, it is the notion that identifies Islam with hostility and aggression.

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    '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

    Which ideas belong in the public sphere?

    • Peter Douglas
    • 27 February 2007

    The post-Enlightenment commitment to the rational testing of claims is important if we are avoid the excesses of fundamentalism. But it could be time to accept that the range of acceptable ideas has been too narrow.

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  • RELIGION

    The ten commandments of marketing

    • Greg Soetomo
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    You cannot worship God and Mammon, Jesus says. But when people see themselves as divided by their understanding of God, Mammon can be a bridge on which they can stand together and talk. Hermawan Kartajaya reminded me of this recently.

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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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  • RELIGION

    Capitalism's ingenious immunity to the guilty conscience

    • Scott Stephens
    • 27 February 2007
    9 Comments

    Every attempt to curb capitalism's voracious appetite, to ‘humanize’ its world-wide dominion, to place the world economy back in the service of the greater good, and thus temper its lust for unregulated growth, has not only failed, but has been assimilated.

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  • RELIGION

    Ash Wednesday did not begin in 1983

    • Kylie Crabbe
    • 27 February 2007
    5 Comments

    For many Australians, Ash Wednesday is synonomous with the devastating bushfires of 1983. But a thousand years before the bushfires, Christians were beginning the season of Lent with Ashes, ensuring a gritty start for the road to Easter.

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  • RELIGION

    All are one before the law

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2007
    7 Comments

    The last state authorised execution in Australia—that of Ronald Ryan—occurred 40 years ago last week. 12 year old Frank Brennan felt it was wrong. His adolescent moral sensibilities found resonance in public debate, law reform and policy change.

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    Islamic elites’ construction of Islamic martyrdom

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    The full text of "The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it", by Abraham Rushdi.

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    The heresy of separate worlds: from Marcion to Iraq

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    8 Comments

    Recently, I have been musing on three unrelated items. On Marcion, a shadowed but seminal figure in the early Church; on unsatisfactory recantations by prominent supporters of the Iraq war; and on the claim by a local newspaper that light sentences betray babies killed by their parents.

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