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Lives of Faith

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.

Believer or not, Christmas has a message for all of us
The Punch

January 2013

Christmas is all about the divine response to the human propensity to make a mess of everything.

Embodying grace: Les Miserables and the meaning of Christmas
ABC Religion and Ethics

December 2012

Les Miserables and Christmas have a lot in common. Justine Toh writes for ABC Religion and Ethics on the power of embodied grace.

A fight they can’t win: The irreligious assault on the historicity of Jesus
ABC Religion and Ethics

December 2012

It is time for the evangelists of unbelief to give up the nonsense that the figure at the heart of Christianity may have never even lived.

Rants, reason and the religious right in US politics
The Drum

November 2012

Does being a Christian automatically mean being Republican? Simon Smart tracks the rise of the New Evangelicals: Christians for whom economic justice, poverty relief, immigration reform and environmental issues make up the political agenda.

Liquid love laid bare
The Drum

October 2012

Justine Toh examines Jesse Fink's memoir Laid Bare and ponders the nature of love and sex in the modern world.

Turning the other cheek amid the political gender wars
ABC Religion & Ethics

October 2012

Reflecting on the recent gender wars playing out in parliament, Justine Toh says that turning the other cheek is what's needed to stem the politics of outrage that currently powers the political machine.

The survival of the sexiest
ABC Religion & Ethics

October 2012

UTS Economics lecturer and CPX Fellow Gordon Menzies argues at ABC Religion & Ethics that sexual ethics and practice today apes the excesses of the free market.

The Wife of Christ? No way!
ABC Religion and Ethics

September 2012

John Dickson on how the 'Gospel of Jesus' Wife' tells us a lot about how the media works but nothing about the man from Nazareth.

Reason has its place, but the human heart yearns for awe
The Australian

September 2012

Brian Rosner on whether the atheist worldview can adequately account for the human heart. (This article is in The Australian's members section.)

Fifty shades of selfish desire in the twilight of fantasy
The Punch

September 2012

What do Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight have in common? They are both 'romance porn' writes Justine Toh in The Punch.

A Christian take on Porn
Daily Life

August 2012

Justine Toh in The Sydney Morning Herald's Daily Life section on media stereotypes of Christians.

It’s out with the old as Christian values fall away
The Sydney Morning Herald

July 2012

John Dickson in The Sydney Morning Herald arguing decline in Christianity combined with ageing population could signal a social storm.

Daring to hope in spite of death’s grim reality
ABC Drum Unleashed

July 2012

Justine Toh writes for The Drum on two documentaries that examine how we approach death and dying.

2000 years of shaping the West
Online Opinion

July 2012

Simon Smart reviews Geoffrey Blainey's A short history of Christianity, which explores the growth and impact of the Christian faith.

We are all in the social media gutter looking at the stars
The Punch

June 2012

Do Facebook and social media isolate us in our own private worlds and from each other? Sounds like hell, according to Justine Toh.

Mormon belief and the USA Presidential election
Sunday Nights

May 2012

John Dickson was on John Cleary’s show on ABC 702 discussing Mormonism and US Presidential politics.

We need more religion but we don’t need its zeal
The Punch

April 2012

Justine Toh writes for The Punch on the need for more, not less religion.

Faith in the infallibility of the mind is the atheist’s delusion
The Sydney Morning Herald

April 2012

Simon Smart write for The Sydney Morning Herald on how atheism removes the ground of rationality on which it claims to stand.

Looking beyond ourselves to remain true to one’s self
The Age

April 2012

Brian Rosner writes for The Age on being known by God in an age where 'being true to yourself' is all the rage.

The strange victory in being prepared to lose
Eternity

April 2012

Taking her cue from the film The Tree of Life, Justine Toh argues for the importance of following 'the way of grace' rather than 'the way of nature' when responding to non-believers on matters of faith.

Nativity Naivete: Andrew Bolt tries his hand at Biblical Criticism
ABC Religion and Ethics`

March 2012

John Dickson takes Andrew Bolt to task over Bolt's attempt at Biblical criticism.

Sex and Shame: Why hell is getting what you want
ABC Religion and Ethics

February 2012

In an era where sexual license is an unquestioned good, Justine Toh argues that Steve McQueen's latest film Shame is brave enough to consider its costs.

Science no match for angels at our tables
The Sydney Morning Herald

February 2012

What can feasting tell us about what it means to be human? And can it reveal the limits of science? Simon Smart digs in.

Melancholia, and the meaning of life
ABC Religion and Ethics

January 2012

Justine Toh considers Lars von Trier's latest film, an unforgettable, if profoundly discomfiting, viewing experience - one that leaves the audience wondering what kind of universe we inhabit.

A solo Christmas is not necessarily a sad thing
The Punch

December 2011

Justine Toh on the value of spending Christmas with others.

Believer or not, hope sustains all
The Sydney Morning Herald

December 2011

Simon Smart responds to the claim that the Christmas-story is nothing more than wish-fulfilment, arguing that something can be both a wish and reality at the same time and that disbelief can be wish-fulfilment just as much as belief.

Maybe Steve Job’s life wasn’t so wonderful after all
ABC Religion and Ethics

December 2011

Justine Toh on It's a Wonderful Life's George Bailey and why maybe Steve Jobs' life mightn't have been so 'wonderful'

Twilight reflection of our ‘amortal’ lives
The Drum Opinion

November 2011

Justine Toh on how Twilight's cast of undying beautiful people strangely ape the 'amortal' hopes and dreams of our culture.

Feminism struggling beneath the burden of beauty
ABC Religion and Ethics

November 2011

Justine Toh on the work that being a woman involves.

How Christian Humility upended the World
ABC Religion and Ethics

October 2011

John Dickson argues that Christianity is the reason the West considers humility a virtue.

Chinese Good Samaritan gives hope amid indifference to dying toddler
ABC Religion and Ethics

October 2011

Justine Toh on why Chinese hit-and-run toddler Wang Yue was left to die and why her "Good Samaritan" gives hope.

‘Tis the season to discuss wealth redistribution
ABC Unleashed

October 2011

For 2011 Anti-Poverty Week, Simon Smart examines the inequities in wealth distribution and asks if anything can be done about it.

The gambling beast is greedy and shows no mercy
The Punch

October 2011

CPX Fellow Michael Bird on the serious problems caused by gambling and why the anti-pokie laws are not 'unAustralian' but instead show concern for the vulnerable.

School Chaplains: the real issue isn’t separation of Church and State
ABC Religion and Ethics

October 2011

CPX Fellow Michael Bird asks if separation of church and state is the real issue at stake in the controversy surrounding school chaplains, then why isn't there a comparable protest against chaplains in the military, prisons, hospitals and police force?

Living like tomorrow never ends
The Sydney Morning Herald

October 2011

Simon Smart on the quest for amortality, growing older but never growing up, and how it excises the natural rhythms of ageing.

American Grace: How the U.S. solved the problem of pluralism
ABC Religion and Ethics

September 2011

Simon Smart reviews Harvard University Professor Robert Putnam's new book American Grace, which is an examination of religious life in today's America.

The tit for tat war of ‘us’ v ‘them
ABC The Drum Unleashed

September 2011

10 years after September 11 is it possible to embrace rather than exclude our enemies?

God’s truth, believers are nicer
The Sydney Morning Herald

September 2011

Simon Smart considers the findings of Robert Putnam, that religious people make better citizens and neighbours.

Unbuilding a fitting 9/11 memorial
ABC Religion and Ethics

September 2011

Justine Toh asks what would be a fitting memorial to 9/11

Does a belief in God hold back students?
The Sydney Morning Herald

August 2011

CPX Fellow Brian Rosner responds to Peter FitzSimons' claim that belief in God is "entirely inimical to educational principles".

Nile’s bully boy tactics do Christians no favours
ABC The Drum Unleashed

August 2011

Simon Smart on Fred Nile's attempts to block the Ethics classes in NSW Public Schools.

Genesis created science: a reply to Tamas Pataki
ABC Religion and Ethics

July 2011

John Dickson responds to Tamas Pataki's claim that it was the ancient Greeks, not Jews and Christians, who established the Western intellectual tradition of testing for truth.

Art of persuasion not so simple
The Sydney Morning Herald

July 2011

John Dickson looks into why people believe what they believe and what it takes to change someones mind.

Pitting Historical Facts against Atheist Schoolyard Delusions
ABC Religion and Ethics

June 2011

John Dickson examines the historical claims made by Dr Tamas Pataki in a recent ABC Religion and Ethics article