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  • RELIGION

    The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    There is a strong argument that the Qur'an does not sanction the use of martyrdom operations. But it must be asked why radical interpretations of the Qur'an resonate with some Muslim communities.

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    Christmas takes us beyond 'family first'

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 23 December 2006
    19 Comments

    Family First's claim that it is not a Christian political party should not be surprising. In Mark’s Gospel, the greatest single obstacle to faith is to put family first.

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    The baby Jesus and the business of welfare

    • Kate Mannix
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    The poignant story of the poor baby born in a stable is a reminder that God-with-us means God for every last one of us. Yet it is becoming apparent that God's caritas is being appropriated for the political convenience of the State.

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    Throw out the baby, keep the bathwater

    • Scott Stephens
    • 11 December 2006
    2 Comments

    Instead of all those Baroque paintings of the baby Jesus in arms, the work of art that best captures the spirit of Christianity is arguably Andres Serrano's controversial Piss Christ.

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    Da Vinci, Christmas, Piss Christ and Gene therapy: a response

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 December 2006
    11 Comments

    When first invited to respond to Scott Stephens’ stimulating exploration of connections between faith and culture, I groaned. I had resolved to never again even think of The Da Vinci Code.

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    If you're happy and you know it clap your hands

    • Chris Fotinopoulos
    • 13 November 2006

    Many within the conservative Christian camp have come to accept music as an effective means of spreading the gospel. Artists, by virtue of their creative independence, can, if they choose, talk "truth" to the State. No group should force anyone to sing and clap to a single tune.

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  • RELIGION

    A man of Middle Eastern appearance who dreams of peace

    • Brian Matthews
    • 13 November 2006
    2 Comments

    2:41 am. There was an luminescence in the room. I made one of those random, unaccountable mental connections that such occasions often evoke.

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    A place where story and song make race and recrimination obsolete

    • Brian Doyle
    • 13 November 2006

    No politician or poet from the Old World will lead us there. It will be someone from the new lands, who mills ideas into food and education and healing for thousands of people, who understands that power only matters, finally, when it is a verb.

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    The battle of ideas within Islam

    • Julian Madsen
    • 13 November 2006
    6 Comments

    For many, the War on Terror equals a War against Islam. Yet there is a real battle of ideas within Islam that is rarely heard by the West.

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    Churches could hold key to salvation for the Left

    • Clive Hamilton
    • 30 October 2006
    17 Comments

    The error of post-modernism, which grew out of the broad academic left and now dominates Western society, is that it has no metaphysical foundation for a moral critique. The churches remain the repository of the deeper understanding of life that once motivated some elements of the left.

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    Bishop's vision for an Israel-Palestine confederation

    • Andrew West
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    The Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Riah H. Abu El-Assal, says Israel and Palestine should work towards the establishment of a confederation, with a common currency, open borders and even a shared head of state.

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    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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