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Soft-hearted ScoMo, Hard-line ScoMo and Islamophobia In Australia

Paul Tyson In response to the atrocities at Christchurch, the grief and solidarity expressed by Ms Ardern has deeply moved us all. She has led her nation in rejecting a sense of otherness towards their traumatized Islamic fellow citizens. Instead, we see their suffering human sameness. Through Jacinda, New Zealand embraces and seeks to console […]

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OUR MODERN DISCONNECTEDNESS

We are delighted to have permission from Luigino Bruni to share this article which was originally published by Scott Stephens on the ABC Religion and Ethics website in the summer of 2017. From Authenticity to Artificiality … and Back? Can the Market Heal the Wound It Inflicted? “We can love nothing but what agrees with […]

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The Loneliness Of The Anonymous Neighbour

Many sociologists have argued that increasing anonymity in American society is tied to decreasing trust. According to one recent survey, only three in 10 Americans trust others. That same anonymity is also likely responsible for increased rates of loneliness. Despite heightened digital connectivity via social media, loneliness rates have doubled since the 1980s, from 20 percent […]

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Unconditional belonging: Reconnecting human rights and religious conviction

By Rowen Williams The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is unquestionably a landmark in the history of moral consciousness, one of the factors that has consistently given hope and purpose to political life throughout the globe since it first saw the light of day in 1948. It has offered a global benchmark for identifying injustices to those […]

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Pain and Powerlessness: Understanding the Evil of Torture

David Luban When the U.S. Department of Justice’s secret torture memos were released in 2009, journalist Kathleen Parker wrote in the Washington Post: “Several years ago, I asked a veteran journalist for advice. ‘I’m trying to figure out if I have an ethical conflict’, I began. “‘If you have to ask, you do’, he said …” […]

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Jeff Sessions And Romans 13: A Brief Bible Study

CHRISTIANITY TODAY – To see a senior government official using the Bible to justify a clearly iniquitous policy is deeply uncomfortable. It plays into a narrative that’s increasingly been a feature of the Trump administration – that Christians have been bought with the promise of power. Now it’s payback time: Christians thought they could use the […]

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How Jeff Sessions Reads Romans 13 And How My Sunday School Class Does

CHRISTIAN CENTURY – The Bible is a weapon in the hands of coercive power. Jeff Sessions, like other tyrants before him, utilizes scripture for the good of the empire, to keep people silent, in line, submissive. As I looked around my Sunday school class on the day we studied Romans 13, I saw the people for […]

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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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