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Disarming The Church

New Book: Disarming The Church – Why Christians Must Forsake Violence To Follow Jesus And Change The World If Christians follow the Prince of Peace, why do they often behave so violently? What can be done to transform the church so that it looks more like Jesus?  Eric Seibert explores these questions in this important and timely […]

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Where Countries Are Tinderboxes And Facebook Is A Match

By AMANDA TAUB and MAX FISHER  NEW YORK TIMES – As Facebook pushes into developing countries, it tends to be initially received as a force for good. In Sri Lanka, it keeps families in touch even as many work abroad. It provides for unprecedented open expression and access to information. Government officials say it was essential for the […]

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Australia’s Greatest Moral Challenge

The Uluru Statement From The Heart: Australia’s Greatest Moral Challenge Shireen Morris  For the last seven years I have worked as the constitutional reform adviser to Noel Pearson at Cape York Institute. Seven years working on Indigenous constitutional recognition, working with Indigenous leaders and constitutional lawyers, and trying to persuade politicians. Trying to find the common […]

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Australia’s Illegal Wars

James O’Neill, Barrister at Law, on Australia’s Illegal Wars Part 1 (29 minutes):        https://youtu.be/dk7AUA_73kY Part 2 (12 minutes):        https://youtu.be/gZslWWwp2Lc

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Hate Speech: Words That Wound

When we speak, we “do things with words,” and often we do things with words to people: advise them, marry them, warn them and more, as J.L. Austin observed. What I want to focus on here is hate speech, a category absent from Austin’s otherwise generous catalogues. But his insight that saying is doing applies to hate speech, as much […]

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Inequality on the Rise: The Moral Cost of Poverty

By Scott Stephens  In 1975, J.G. Ballard published his eighth and, by my reckoning, his best novel. It was unpretentiously titled High-Rise. As the name suggests, the narrative is an account of life inside an exclusive forty-storey apartment block in East London. The high-rise is one of five identical glass and concrete units, upraised like the […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Moral Crisis: Did We Create It For Her?

Catherine Renshaw is Deputy Head of the Thomas More Law School, Australian Catholic University. It is rare to see a moral divide as clear as the one between those who defend Aung San Suu Kyi’s failure to condemn atrocities carried out against the Rohingya, and those who condemn her silence. The case put by the first […]

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A Long History Of Betrayal

The most significant thing that happened in federal politics last week was not the High Court’s decision on the citizenship seven, nor the political raid on the union offices, nor the revelations about the NBN. It was the government’s rejection of the Uluru Statement. Even our best media commentators missed its import: it failed to […]

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Prophecy Doesn’t Justify Trump’s Stand On Jerusalem

In a recent broadcast of The 700 Club, the evangelist Pat Robertson welcomed President Trump’s announcement about moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. “It’s absolutely crucial in terms of biblical prophecy,” Robertson said. While I know firsthand the harsh conditions imposed on Palestinians, my comments here focus on the claim that actions today by […]

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What Shall We Say Of Our So-Called Western Values?

It is no secret that former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a fan of Western values. On more than one occasion he has lamented what he calls “the great Australian silence” – the neglect of “the Western canon, the literature, the poetry, the music, the history and above all the faith without which our […]

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‘Manus Island, Spiritual Warfare and The Battle For The Soul Of Australia.’

Some serious soul-searching reflections by my friend Dr. Paul Tyson. Director of the Emmanuel Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society (Emmanuel College, UQ) As I write a horrifying humanitarian disaster, entirely made by successive Australian governments, is looming on Manus Island. As a child I came into political awareness in the 1970s. […]

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The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, A Fourth Look

The Crucifixion of the Warrior God and the Myth of Redemptive Violence This is part four of a series I have been doing on Greg Boyd’s Crucifixion of the Warrior God. Here are links to the other parts: Part1, Part2, Part3. Greg has also responded to these. Volume I of Greg’s book lays out the […]

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