View from the Centre

Bach as theologian

What is the greatest piece of religious music? By great in this context I mean of musical stature and importance, inspiring worship, and connecting hearers to the numinous.

Of course views can change by mood or according to what you are listening to now. Some would suggest a favourite hymn, such as "Amazing Grace", while my wife would certainly opt for…

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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.
Dawkins, Down Syndrome and the Bankrupt Logic of Utilitarianism - At ABC Religion and Ethics, Barney Zwartz responds to Richard Dawkins' claim that it would be immoral not to abort a baby with Down-Syndrome.