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For Love Of Country?

COMMON HUMANITY AND THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS Raymond Gaita ABC Religion and Ethics – 25 Jan 2017 How can we prevent love of country from degenerating into jingoism, and what kind of road can we build on which jingoism might finds its way back to love? Racism is again on the rise in many parts […]

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In Search Of Integrity

The geopolitical system that gave rise to the current world power structure based on colonialism and built with the sweat of slave labour is crumbling before our eyes. That system is morally, ethically and economically bankrupt. It has been from the beginning and feedback loops are finally coming home to roost with a vengeance. Geoeconomics […]

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A real friend to Israel would stand up for Palestinian rights

By Stuart Rees – posted Tuesday, 21 February 2017 Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has invited the Israeli Prime Minister to visit Australia because of ‘our absolute and enduring commitment to the State of Israel and our friendship.’ It could be argued that principles of freedom of speech justify the invitation. If that’s the case, Palestinian […]

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How To Be A Christian Citizen: Three Evangelicals Debate

White Evangelical Christians helped secure the election of President Trump. Many said that his views on abortion were decisive, overriding concerns they had on other matters. But to be Evangelical is not one thing, even on abortion. This conversation about Christianity and politics with three generations of Evangelical leaders — Shane Claiborne, Greg Boyd, and […]

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Letting Go – Forgiveness Is Good For Us

Science is discovering what religion has always known: forgiveness is good for us. But that doesn’t make it any easier. Amy Westervelt In the cleanest college library I’ve ever seen, women of various ages and ethnicities were seated around a long wooden table. A few were chatting, but most were nervously shuffling notebooks and pens […]

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Breaking the Cycle of Hate after the Murder of Father Jacques Hamel

I should have realised by now that Twitter is not the best place to vent a sophisticated or half-germinated idea. But I was struck, in the hours after the sickening murder of Father Jacques Hamel, by the contrast between the reaction of so many of my co-religionists and that of Pope Francis. Their tweets were, […]

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Five Stories About Otherness and Me

BY PARKER J. PALMER (@PARKERJPALMER), COLUMNIST When we talk about “otherness,” it’s important to remember that we’re all “other” to someone. My otherness includes the fact that I’m a straight, white, middle-class male who was born in Chicago, raised in the mainline Protestant tradition, grew up in an affluent, all-white Chicago suburb and, at age 77, […]

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Which refugees would Jesus resettle?

Aloysious Mowe A woman goes up to Jesus to plead for her daughter’s life. Jesus won’t even look at her: she’s a Canaanite, from a despised people long regarded as an enemy of the Jewish people. When she continues to beg for his help, he says, dismissively, ‘I am here to help only people of […]

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A Christian Response To Holy Terror

Chris Marshall The religious dimension makes modern terrorism such a complex and dangerous reality to deal with. But it must be dealt it. It is vital that internationally co-ordinated efforts are made to counteract it. A coherent strategy is required that balances short-term and long-term remedies. The short-term need is to shut down or contain […]

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Vatican Rejects Just War, Opts For Nonviolence

The participants of a first-of-its-kind Vatican conference have bluntly rejected the Catholic church’s long-held teachings on just war theory, saying they have too often been used to justify violent conflicts and the global church must reconsider Jesus’ teachings on nonviolence… “We propose that the Catholic Church develop and consider shifting to a Just Peace approach […]

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Vatican Re-Evaluates Just War Theory

The Vatican will be hosting a first of its kind conference this week to reexamine the Catholic Church’s long-held teachings on just war theory, bringing some 80 experts engaged in global nonviolent struggles to Rome with the aim of developing a new moral framework that rejects ethical justifications for war … “After more than 1,500 […]

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Who Is My Neighbour? Plough Quarterly

Plough Quarterly No. 8: Who Is My Neighbour? Spring 2016 This issue explores what it means to be a good neighbour – to a homeless person, an immigrant, a veteran, a criminal, or even to an enemy in a time of war. http://www.plough.com/en/subscriptions/quarterly/2016/spring-2016-issue-8?source=pw030316

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