View from the Centre

View from a Jerusalem Hotel

Two weeks ago I was sitting on a hotel roof inside the walls of the old city in Jerusalem at dusk. Starkly white limestone buildings covering the rugged hills of the famous city stretched away to the south and west. Behind me various church steeples rose from the labyrinthine streets and alleyways below while the gold ‘Dome of the Rock’…

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    Life and Faith: A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible Part II

    John Dickson tackles the laws, wars, and prophecies of the Old Testament.

  2. Image: Allenby enters Jerusalem
    Allenby enters Jerusalem

    Simon Smart reflects on the fascinating story of General Allenby's entrance into Jerusalem in 1917

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    Life and Faith: A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible Part I

    With John Dickson as tour guide, Life and Faith begins a three-part journey through the whole Bible.  

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I’ll eat a page from my Bible if Jesus didn’t exist - At The Drum John Dickson responsed to claims by the director of an Adelaide sceptical society that a 'wave' of contemporary historians doubt that Jesus ever lived.
Religion has its flaws but it has a right to be heard - In the Herald Sun, Barney Zwartz responded to an earlier article by columnist Tom Elliot, which claimed that religion was flawed and should remain private.
A letter to my church about Islam - As fears about Islamic State echo around the West, John Dickson urges members of his church to shun simplified understandings of Islam and instead meet Muslims with love and friendship. The letter was then published at The Drum
Recovering the Sabbath: Rest and the Culture of Work - Are you too busy? Natasha Moore suggests that Sabbath is an ancient practice that speaks directly to modern maladies at ABC Religion and Ethics
The Issue: Religion, Violence and the Secular State - Richard Shumack joined a panel on ABC Sunday Nights to discuss the dynamic between religion, violence and the secular state.