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Lives of Faith

Hillsong cancels invitation for controversial pastor
ABC Radio

June 2015

Simon Smart comments on Hillsong's decision to cancel Mark Driscoll's invitation to speak in Sydney on ABC's AM.

Uplifting power of music not unlike power of prayer
The Age

June 2015

Barney Zwartz ponders the redemptive power of music in his monthly column for The Age.

Ethics classes must be supported
2GB

June 2015

Simon Smart talks with Rev. Crews about why ethics classes are as important as religious education classes.

Disgraced US mega-church pastor Australia bound
ABC

June 2015

Julia Baird interviews Simon Smart on Lateline about the controversy surrounding Mark Driscoll's forthcoming visit to Sydney.

Religion still has a worthwhile place in the classroom
The Drum

May 2015

Natasha Moore reviews the recent controversy over SRE for The Drum, and argues that religious education still has a purpose.

The Pope and Palestine
The Drum

May 2015

Natasha Moore interprets the Vatican's treaty with the "State of Palestine" in terms of support for beleaguered Christians on The Drum.

Religion in schools
The Drum

May 2015

Simon Smart speaks to John Cleary, along with Peter Vardy and Meredith Doig, about the legitimacy of special religious education in government schools.

Silence isn’t golden when it comes to free speech
ABC The Drum

May 2015

Natasha Moore, writing for The Drum, defends the all-but-lost art of listening to those we disagree with.

Cross-border battle erupts over religious education in school
SBS World News

May 2015

John Dickson speaks to SBS World News about the banning of a book he wrote from Scripture classes in NSW.

Does Christianity really offer women a seat at the table?
ABC Moral Compass

May 2015

John Dickson appears on Moral Compass alongside Kristina Keneally and Julia Baird to discuss the role of women in the church.

Trusting Cookie shows how to live life with no fear for the future
The Age

May 2015

Barney Zwartz, writing for The Age, ponders fearlessness and security this International Respect for Chickens Day.

The role of faith before the firing squad
Sydney Morning Herald

April 2015

Simon Smart, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, considers what Andrew Chan's faith gave him in life, and when facing death.

What do we make of finding religion in foxholes?
ABC The Drum

April 2015

The immediacy of war can make people more open to realities they haven't considered before, writes Natasha Moore at The Drum.

Is belief in Christ a dangerous idea?
Sydney Morning Herald

April 2015

Simon Smart reflects in the Sydney Morning Herald on the Easter story's claim that there is more going on in life than we can see, touch, or measure.

Is there still a place for SRE in schools?
Daily Telegraph

April 2015

John Dickson makes a case in the Daily Telegraph for the importance of teaching kids about the Christian faith as part of their cultural backstory.

Monotony and Meaning: what Easter is for
ABC Religion and Ethics

April 2015

Natasha Moore, writing for ABC Religion and Ethics, considers how Easter speaks to the slog of everyday life.

Our daily lives are filled with faith that may be unjustified
The Age

April 2015

Barney Zwartz, writing for The Age, suggests that the beliefs that govern our daily lives may have more of a basis in faith than we like to think.

A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible
Vision Radio

March 2015

John Dickson speaks to Neil Johnson on Vision Radio about his new book, A Doubter's Guide to the Bible: Inside History's Bestseller for Believers and Skeptics.

Is the Christian doctrine of ‘headship’ used to justify domestic violence?
Radio National

March 2015

Simon Smart speaks to Andrew West for ABC's Religion and Ethics Report about claims that Christian ideas of marriage may be contributing to domestic abuse.

Minister urges for review into churches’ responses
ABC The Drum

March 2015

John Dickson from the Centre for Public Christianity has called for an independent review into churches' responses to domestic violence. He talks with The Drum's Julia Baird.

The church must confront domestic abuse
The Drum

March 2015

Conservative evangelical institutions should urgently consider commissioning a study into both the prevalence of domestic violence in churches and clergy responses to it, write Natasha Moore and John Dickson at The Drum.

Francis is about authentic Christianity, not PR stunts
ABC The Drum

March 2015

Is Francis' papacy a grand PR exercise? Simon Smart comments on the Pope's popularity - and his knack for beautiful public gestures - at The Drum.

Hollywood and freedom of speech
On Line Opinion

February 2015

The Interview, Citizenfour, and Rosewater all make a strong case for freedom of speech - but is it the one we most need to hear? Natasha Moore, writing for On Line Opinion, notes how bad we in the 'free' West are at disagreeing well

Faith: Christianity is not about putting yourself first
The Age

February 2015

What is real Christianity? Well, whatever else it is, it's not meant to be all about me, writes Barney Zwartz in The Age.

Why Stephen Fry’s Complaint Against God is Unconvincing - if You’re a Christian
ABC Religion and Ethics

February 2015

A different take on evil, suffering, and faith: John Dickson walks us through the logic of the Christian position, at ABC Religion and Ethics.

‘Justice to the Complexity of Things’: The Miracle of Marilynne Robinson
ABC Religion and Ethics

February 2015

Natasha Moore, writing for ABC Religion and Ethics, wonders how the novels of Marilynne Robinson can be both Christian and mainstream literary fiction at the same time.

Fry v God: the comedian’s concerns aren’t new
ABC The Drum

February 2015

Stephen Fry's question about why he should respect a God who "creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain" is a valid one, says Simon Smart, writing for The Drum - and one that the Bible itself doesn't ignore.

Rising tide of cynicism towards the Bible
Fox News

February 2015

John Dickson appeared on Fox News to discuss his new book, A Doubter's Guide to the Bible.

‘Have you escaped religion? We have!’ The billboard that will make Christians cross
News.com.au

February 2015

Sydney Atheists have commissioned a billboard urging people to 'escape religion': news.com.au quoted Simon Smart on why Christians actually needn't be 'cross' about the move.

Yes, Jesus existed … but relax, you can still be an atheist if you want to
Online Opinion

December 2014

At Online Opinion Michael Bird responds to the "wild fantasies" of those who claim there was no historical Jesus.

Why we need the Christmas story
ABC The Drum

December 2014

What does the baby in the drain have to do with the baby in the manger? asks Simon Smart at The Drum.

Joy to the world? Really?
The Sydney Morning Herald

December 2014

In a Christmas season that's seen so many horrors, "peace on earth, goodwill to men. How can anyone continue to make that claim for the Christian Messiah?" Natasha Moore in the Sydney Morning Herald.

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas ...
ABC

December 2014

You can almost set your clock by it. Another article appears arguing Jesus never lived - so Christmas must be upon us. At ABC Religion and Ethics John Dickson responds to his former student, Raphael Lataster.

Pay attention, lest we forget how
The Age

December 2014

Barney Zwartz on how Christmas has moved from being a time of reflection to one of distraction.

Christmas a time to reflect on reconciliation
The Age

December 2014

In The Age Barney Zwartz considers how hard it can be to have real reconciliation and how too often the process becomes a way to smooth over wrongs rather than dealing with them.

Anti-religious card is poor way to oppose Abbott’s uni policy
Online Opinion

December 2014

At Online Opinion, Michael Bird defends the place of theological colleges in our education system

Disability and humanity
On Line Opinion

December 2014

Vaughan Olliffe weighed the broader implications of our attitude as a society towards disability in an article for On Line Opinion.

An American export we could use
ABC The Drum

November 2014

Natasha Moore writes for The Drum on why out of all the American exports to our shores - from Halloween to HBO - maybe Thanksgiving is the one to embrace - and be thankful for.

I’ll eat a page from my Bible if Jesus didn’t exist
ABC The Drum

October 2014

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
Herald Sun

October 2014

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
The Drum

September 2014

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
ABC Religion and Ethics

September 2014

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
ABC Radio

September 2014

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
ABC Religion and Ethics

September 2014

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.

Why theology matters even if there is no god
ABC The Drum

September 2014

Even if there is no god theology still offers great insight into modern thinking and, yes, even science, as the late Wolfhart Pannenberg proved, writes John Dickson at The Drum.

Atheism has a creation myth, too
ABC The Drum

September 2014

Where does atheism come from? The account offered in Nick Spencer's recent book 'Atheists: The Origin of the Species' might surprise you, suggests Simon Smart at The Drum.

Ending religion won’t end the conflict
ABC The Drum

August 2014

The Middle East conflict might not be the best advert for religion, but it is a naïve presumption to assume that getting rid of religion would make the world a better place, writes Michael Bird at The Drum.

Why don’t we hear about persecuted Christians?
ABC The Drum

August 2014

Natasha Moore at The Drum on one of the most under-reported stories of our time: the global persecution of Christians.

Food for thoughtful people - don’t always make a meal of it
The Sydney Morning Herald

July 2014

Natasha Moore writes for The Sydney Morning Herald on food, gluttony and the spiritual aspects of fasting.

Secular and religious progressives can work together
The Sydney Morning Herald

June 2014

Barney Zwartz writes for The Sydney Morning Herald on why secular and religious progressives should regard each other with less suspicion and work together on the causes they agree on.

When good and evil, failure and defeat, come together this Easter
The Sun-Herald

April 2014

Natasha Moore explores the coincidence and connections between Easter and Anzac Day for The Sun-Herald.

Top 10 tips for Atheists this Easter
ABC The Drum

April 2014

Atheists should drop their easily dismissed scientific, philosophical or historical arguments against Christianity, and instead quiz believers about Old Testament violence and hell, writes John Dickson for The Drum

This Easter, lets contemplate the meaning of hope
The Guardian

April 2014

Simon Smart writes for The Guardian on how the hope of Easter points to the future restoration of broken things, of death and evil being conquered and justice and order emerging from chaos.

Holy days and ‘total work’
Online Opinion

April 2014

Justine Toh writes for Online Opinion on how the Easter story challenges our culture of 'total work'.

How God became Jesus: Bart Ehrman gets it wrong, again
ABC Religion and Ethics

April 2014

CPX Fellow Michael Bird responds to Bart Ehrman's latest book, which claims that the divinity of Jesus was a late invention, at ABC Religion and Ethics.

Sparking the moral imagination of the masses
ABC The Drum

April 2014

If refugee advocates are to make real progress they must rise above a tribal us-and-them mentality, writes Barney Zwartz for The Drum

Miroslav Volf: A Public Faith - Serving the Common Good
ABC TV

April 2014

The inaugural Richard Johnson Lecture filmed at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

A left-field take on rights and responsibilities
ABC The Drum

April 2014

People have a legitimate interest in speaking freely, and another legitimate interest in not being vilified. It doesn't have to be a question of one right trumping the other, writes Barney Zwartz for The Drum.

Noah
Hope 103.2 Morning Show

April 2014

Justine Toh spoke with Katrina Roe on Hope 103.2's Morning Show about Darren Aronofsky's film version of the story of Noah.

IQ2 Debate: Faith-based Religious Education Has No Place in Public Schools
ABC

March 2014

Justine Toh took part in an IQ2 debate at Melbourne Town Hall, contesting the motion that 'Faith Based Religion Has No Place in Public Schools' which was broadcast on the ABC's Big Ideas.

Noah’s Ark: the facts, the fiction?
2UE

March 2014

John Dickson spoke to John Stanley and Garry Linnell on the 2UE Breakfast show about the historicity of the story of Noah, in anticipation of the release of the blockbuster film.

Child Sexual abuse in the Church
ABC Radio National

March 2014

Four panellists offered a range of perspectives on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The panel, hosted by CPX at the Re:Thinking conference, aired on Rachael Kohn's radio program The Spirit of Things.

Biennale, Babies and Blokes
Q&A

March 2014

Miroslav Volf appeared on ABC's Q&A, discussing such issues as work, the nuclear family, and the place of Christianity in the public sphere.

The elephants in the (class)room: Why faith-based religious education has a place in public schools
ABC Religion and Ethics

March 2014

CPX's Justine Toh recently took part in the Melbourne IQ Squared Debate on the motion 'Faith-based religious education has no place in public schools'. In this article for ABC Religion and Ethics she explains why it does.

Want to send a message? Why not sink the boats?
ABC The Drum

February 2014

In Gordon Menzies' 'sink the boats' article, published in The Drum, he points out the limits of a consequentialist mentality—an ‘ends justify the means' attitude—that has come to dominate asylum seeker policy in this country.

Letting go of the Lord’s Prayer in Parliament
ABC The Drum

January 2014

The loss of the Lord's Prayer from the seat of national power would be lamentable, but so would allowing this holy tradition to become a piece of historical theatre, writes John Dickson for The Drum.

Unwelcome others: Christmas reframes the divide over abortion and refugees
ABC Religion & Ethics

December 2013

Justine Toh writes for ABC Religion and Ethics on how the plight of refugees and children at risk of abortion are more comparable than we might realise.

Beautiful lies?
Online Opinion

December 2013

In Online Opinion John Dickson explores why our attachment to the Christmas story may be the greatest act of self-deception in Western history, and that might not be a bad thing.

Revisiting the Jesus meme
ABC The Drum

December 2013

Simon Smart writes for The Drum on how two of the heroes of 2013, Nelson Mandela and Pope Francis, reveal the unwaning influence of that one-time carpenter who was executed 2000 years ago.

The Issue: Does Christmas nostalgia signify a deeper hunger?
ABC 702

December 2013

Justine Toh joined a panel on Sunday Nights with John Cleary to discuss the loss of anchor points that have shaped our culture.

Camelot and Narnia and the myths of our time
ABC The Drum

November 2013

Simon Smart writes for ABC The Drum on the legacies of JFK and C.S. Lewis who died on the same day 50 years ago.

Community amidst Carnage
Online Opinion

November 2013

A sense of community has risen from the ashes of Stephen Liggins' bushfire-ravaged Blue Mountains neighbourhood. In Online Opinion he explores the difference community made to the early Christian church and its continued significance for us toda

Belonging and sacrifice in Tim Winton’s Eyrie
ABC The Drum

November 2013

There is no cheap grace nor easy moral confidence in Tim Winton's Eyrie

Persuasion in a poisoned world
Online Opinion

October 2013

Stephen Liggins at Online Opinion on the beauty of persuasion in a world wracked with religious violence.

Is Gravity the perfect space film for our godless times?
ABC The Drum

October 2013

Who or what do you turn to in a universe where sustenance of any kind is in short supply and death seems near? Justine Toh wonders if we've lost the wisdom to know.

How do we know right from wrong?
ABC Religion and Ethics

October 2013

ABC Religion and Ethics published an edited extract from For God's Sake, the book Simon Smart co-authored with Jane Caro, Antony Loewenstein, and Rachel Woodlock. This extract considers the question of how to determine what is morally right and how we, in turn, should live.

Redeeming Tim Winton
ABC Religion & Ethics

September 2013

Simon Smart reflects on how the innovative cinematic re-imagining of Tim Winton's short story collection The Turning captures both the bleakness and the redemptive quality of that work.

Chat with Chika: For God’s Sake
Eagle Waves Radio

September 2013

Simon Smart was on Eagle Waves Radio along with Jane Caro and Antony Loewenstein to discuss their new book For God's Sake.

The Issue: Fod God’s Sake
ABC Radio

September 2013

Simon Smart was on ABC Sunday Nights along with Jane Caro, Antony Loewenstein and Rachel Woodlock. In a fascinating conversation, they discuss their views on belief, the universe, abortion and the concept of good and evil.

Why the Australian Sex Party gets religion wrong
Online Opinion

September 2013

Michael Bird writes for Online Opinion on how the policies of the Australian Sex Party reveal their ignorance about the beneficial effects of religion in our society.

Australia’s Political Climate: Three numbers ignored in the election
ABC Religion & Ethics

September 2013

Writing for ABC Religion and Ethics, Byron Smith examines how the climate change policies of both major parties are incompatible with justice, prudence and the love for neighbour that is at the heart of Christianity, from which Rudd and Abbott claim to draw inspiration.

Faith in Question
The Sydney Morning Herald

August 2013

Stephanie Dowrick reviews Simon Smart's new book, For God's Sake, in The Sydney Morning Herald.

How Reza Aslan’s Jesus is giving history a bad name
ABC Religion and Ethics

August 2013

John Dickson writes for ABC Religion and Ethics on the figment of imagination that is Reza Aslan's Jesus, and how Aslan is doing very real damage to the public's appreciation of the vast and rigorous discipline of history.

God meets a different standard of proof
Online Opinion

August 2013

What does God have in common with the big cats of the jungle? Richard Shumack says both hide in order to be found on their terms. And if that's the case, any scientific quest for God is doomed.

The selfie-absorbed generation
The Punch Breaking Views

July 2013

Justine Toh writes for news.com.au on how bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and boat people look more like us than we want to admit.

Some atheist jokes deserve to be laughed at
ABC Religion and Ethics

July 2013

John Dickson responds to Peter FitzSimons’ jibe, at the launch of For God's Sake, that atheists simply reject one god more than Christians.

Weekend Sunrise: For God’s Sake
Weekend Sunrise

July 2013

Simon Smart was on Channel 7's Weekend Sunrise with his co-authors Jane Caro, Antony Loewenstein and Rachel Woodlock discussing their new book For God’s Sake.

Doesn’t religion cause most of the conflict in the world?
The Guardian

July 2013

Extracts from For God's Sake, the new book from Simon Smart, Jane Caro, Antony Loewenstein and Rachel Woodlock, were published in The Guardian. This extract examines the question of whether religion causes most of the conflict in the world.

Review: For God’s Sake
The Australian

June 2013

Reviewing For God’s Sake, The Australian noted the “strikingly courteous debate” between atheists and believers on offer—a novelty in the age of the aggressive New Atheists.

Only God forgives - but this ‘god’ is unlikely to
ABC Religion and Ethics

June 2013

Justine Toh writes for ABC Religion and Ethics on Only God Forgives, winner of the 2013 Sydney Film Festival's official competition, which explores what some believe God to be: a harsh deity who delivers justice but tends to skimp on mercy

Maybe the ADF Needs to Recover a Sense of Chivalry
Online Opinion

June 2013

The sexual culture of the Australian Defence Force needs fixing. Recovering a sense of chivalry can repair it writes Mike Bird for Online Opinion.

The act of killing
ABC The Drum

June 2013

Justine Toh writes for The Drum on the recent film The Act of Killing and considers the questions the film raises about sin and justice.

The Issue: of what earthly use is the church?
ABC Sunday Nights

June 2013

Simon Smart featured on John Cleary's Sunday Nights program, discussing the state of evangelism today.

Gay Marriage
ABC Spirit of Things

June 2013

John Dickson appeared on ABC Radio National’s The Spirit of Things alongside Bishop Gene Robinson to talk about the vexed question of same-sex marriage.

Count your blessings: a religious America
ABC The Drum

May 2013

In the US, where almost everyone believes in God, you truly see the best and worst of Christianity. But Rodney Stark's work suggests the impact of this religiosity is overwhelmingly positive, writes Simon Smart for The Drum.

A Believable God?
ABC Sunday Nights

May 2013

Simon Smart was featured on ABC Sunday Nights with John Cleary on the program "A Believable God?"

Utilitarianism and drugs in sport
Online Opinion

May 2013

Simon Smarts writes for Online Opinion on the way the drugs in sport scandal reveals the limits of utilitarian thinking.

The mysterious victory of the cross over evil
The Drum

March 2013

Simon Smart writes for The Drum on how Christ's self-sacrifice offers hope for overcoming the problem of evil.

Revenge is not so sweet
The Drum

March 2013

Writing for The Drum, Justine Toh critiques the way that Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained glorify revenge.

Q&A
ABC Q&A

March 2013

John Dickson was a panelist on Q&A with Tanya Plibersek, Minister for Health; Greg Hunt MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Action; Professor Lawrence M. Krauss, Theoretical Physicist & Cosmologist; and Dr Cindy Pan, Medical Commentator & Author.