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Lives of Faith

Politicians must get real about gambling reform
Sydney Morning Herald

September 2017

Michael Bird challenges political complacency about the terrible impact of gambling addiction on the most vulnerable.

Rites v rights
Sydney Morning Herald

September 2017

Barney Zwartz, writing for The Sydney Morning Herald, appraises the positions and the prospects of the Catholic Church in Australia when it comes to some key issues of the day.

Are the only reasons to oppose euthanasia religious ones?
The Age

July 2017

Barney Zwartz, in his faith column for The Age, offers a pithy, non-religious case for not legalising assisted dying.

The rise and fall of Cardinal Pell
Radio National

July 2017

Barney Zwartz appears on the ABC Religion and Ethics Report to discuss some of the markers of George Pell's career.

Headed to court, Cardinal Pell is no stranger to controversy
National Catholic Reporter

July 2017

Barney Zwartz explains the controversy surrounding Cardinal George Pell for an American audience in the National Catholic Reporter.

Census results: Are we really losing our religion?
Daily Telegraph RendezView

July 2017

Natasha Moore, writing for the Daily Telegraph, ponders the power of momentum and the unpredictability of history.

Cardinal George Pell: Charges of historical sex offences will define Vatican official’s legacy
The Age

June 2017

Barney Zwartz looks back over Cardinal Pell's mixed career in light of the charges that have just been laid against him.

We can’t ignore the role Islam played in the Brighton shooting
The Age

June 2017

Richard Shumack writes about his own experiences with the Somali refugee community in Melbourne, and the conversation Australians need to have.

Being Christian in an increasingly secular country?
ABC Radio National

June 2017

Justine Toh appeared as a guest on ABC Radio National's God Forbid podcast to discuss "coming out" as a Christian, and what it means to be a "real" Christian anyway.

What does it mean to take the Lord’s name “in vain”?
The Age

June 2017

Barney Zwartz considers what truly counts as blasphemy, in response to the recent complaint against Stephen Fry in Ireland.

The moral beauty of Easter
Canberra Times

April 2017

Barney Zwartz, writing for The Canberra Times, suggests that beauty is one of the great arguments for God, even (or especially) in light of the apparent ugliness of the cross.

Easter: the twisted tale that brings hope
Spectator Australia

April 2017

Natasha Moore, writing for The Spectator Australia, reflects on why the cross continues to offend, and to attract.

The generation brought up on self-esteem is struggling
Sydney Morning Herald

April 2017

Simon Smart weighs the tenets of the self-esteem movement against the starkness of the Easter story in The Sydney Morning Herald.

The true meaning of Easter
2UE

April 2017

John Dickson chatted with Nick Bennett on the 2UE Daily Drive on Good Friday to answer the question: what's it all about?

Easter and the humility revolution
The Ethics Centre

April 2017

Natasha Moore spoke with Matthew Beard at The Ethics Centre about the ethical impact the Easter story has had on our world.

The United Nations is shamed by its failure to act on religious killings
Herald Sun

April 2017

Barney Zwartz, writing in the Herald Sun, asks the question: why is the UN doing so little to protect religious minorities?

Do the media hate the church?
RN Religion & Ethics Report

April 2017

Barney Zwartz speaks to Andrew West on Radio National Religion & Ethics Report about whether critical reporting on the church has become anti-religious, and how Christians and the media can have engage positively with one another.

Bite size answers to big faith questions
Hope 103.2

March 2017

John Dickson offers quick, credible answers to some of the most common "deal breakers" for people weighing up Christianity.

Bible’s influence continues to motivate public good
The Age

March 2017

200 years on from the founding of the Bible Society, Australia's oldest continuous organisation, Barney Zwartz reflects on the influence the Bible has had on Australian society in his column for The Age.

Do we have the faith to change the world?
The Spectator Australia

February 2017

Natasha Moore, writing for The Spectator Australia on Scorsese's new film Silence, ponders the meaning and place of individual conscience, then and now.

A Widening Sky: Tim Winton, Faith and Fundamentalism
ABC Religion & Ethics

February 2017

Simon Smart, writing for ABC Religion & Ethics, reflects on the life - and faith - of one of Australia's most beloved authors.

Fifty Years Without the Death Penalty, Australia Should be Grateful
ABC Religion & Ethics

February 2017

Richard Shumack - who was born right around the time of the last execution in Australia - reflects on justice and hope at ABC Religion & Ethics.

Why Australians will never let go of Christianity
The Daily Telegraph

February 2017

John Dickson, writing for The Daily Telegraph, notes that Christianity was heavily contested in Australia from the very beginning - but that its appeal also continues.

Spiritual instruction shows we must respect and ‘honour’ Donald Trump
The Age

January 2017

Barney Zwartz considers a counter-intuitive response to the election of President Trump.

Flip the script
The Canberra Times

December 2016

Natasha Moore, writing for The Canberra Times, explains the Christmas story in terms of what psychologists call "non-complementary behaviour".

Piercing the Sadness: How God resolves the world’s discord
ABC Religion & Ethics

December 2016

John Dickson, writing for ABC Religion & Ethics, reflects on sadness at Christmastime, and how the promise of the original Christmas is that joy will finally pierce the sadness.

A voice in the void
ABC Religion & Ethics

December 2016

Natasha Moore reflects on Christmas broadcasts past, from angels to the birth of radio and the Apollo 8 mission.

Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ and the agony of Christmas
ABC News

December 2016

Simon Smart reflects on darkness, faith, and suffering at a usually upbeat time of year.

What would Jesus think of Christmas today?
The Age

December 2016

Barney Zwartz, writing for The Age, talks about rest, consumerism, comfort, and wonder in the modern Australian practice of Christmas.

Wellness culture as the new religion
Radio National

December 2016

Justine Toh guest presented an episode of Radio National series "What keeps me awake", speaking to experts from around the world about how many people have replaced God with good living.

Political correctness gone mad?
ABC 774

December 2016

Justine Toh spoke to ABC 774 in Melbourne about Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's comments that Christmas needed to be saved from political correctness.

How Christianity shaped the West
ABC Religion & Ethics

November 2016

Natasha Moore, reviewing a new book by Nick Spencer for ABC Religion & Ethics, argues that an accurate understanding of where we come from matters for where we go from here.

Donald Trump and cognitive dissonance
The Age

October 2016

Barney Zwartz uses his monthly faith column for The Age to wonder at conservative Christian support of Trump, and to warn about what happens when the church gets friendly with power.

Churches aren’t businesses and they still deserve a tax break
Sydney Morning Herald

October 2016

Natasha Moore makes an argument in the Sydney Morning Herald for why tax exemptions for religious organisations still make sense.

Underneath are the everlasting arms
The Age

October 2016

Barney Zwartz, in his monthly faith column for The Age, ponders what the Bible has to offer us in times of uncertainty, anxiety and change.

Greed can take over before we realise
The Age

September 2016

CPX fellow Brian Rosner reflects on love, trust, and our relationship to money in The Age's faith column.

How Can I be Better?
ABC Religion & Ethics

September 2016

Natasha Moore, writing for ABC Religion & Ethics, reflects on racism and how we can all have better conversations.

What do you believe?
ABC Radio

September 2016

Barney Zwartz was a guest, with Tim Costello, on ABC 774 Conversation Hour with Jon Faine for a special talkback forum on faith and belief.

The power of music is a path to God
The Age

September 2016

Barney Zwartz, writing for The Age, reflects on music's relationship to spiritual reality.

Funding for same sex marriage plebiscite
SBS News

September 2016

John Dickson appeared on SBS News to comment on whether public funding should be available in the case of a plebiscite.

Religion in the media
ABC Religion & Ethics

August 2016

Barney Zwartz reflects on his long career in religion reporting - and where to from here for coverage of religious stories in the media.

The paradoxes of faith
The Age

August 2016

Barney Zwartz, in his monthly faith column for The Age, suggests that the tensions found in Christianity reflect deep truths about life.

Back to school
Hope 103.2

July 2016

As term kicks off again, Natasha Moore speaks to Hope 103.2 about why it's worth giving classic literature a go.

Why Can’t We Be Friends?
Hope 103.2

July 2016

Dr Richard Shumack speaks to Hope 103.2 about why Christians are uniquely positioned to engage with Muslims through love and theology.

The myth of religious violence
ABC Radio

July 2016

William Cavanaugh, in Sydney to deliver CPX's annual Richard Johnson Lecture, speaks to John Cleary on ABC Radio about religion and violence.

Do good things happen to good people?
The Age

July 2016

Barney Zwartz explores the science behind the positive effects of giving in his monthly column for The Age.

Offshore Detention: On Not ‘Getting Used To It”
ABC Religion and Ethics

July 2016

Simon Smart challenges Australians' complacency about what's happening to asylum seekers in our name.

In praise of welfare waste
ABC Religion and Ethics

June 2016

CPX fellow Gordon Menzies offers a counterintuitive argument about tax and human nature in light of the coming election.

What is a “Christian” ethic?
The Age

May 2016

Barney Zwartz addresses the question of whether an atheist can follow the ethic of Jesus in his monthly column for The Age.

Can we love our enemies in a godless world?
The Drum

May 2016

John Dickson scrutinises social commentator Hugh Mackay's claim that Jesus never told anyone what to believe, only how to treat each other.

Democratic Delusion or the Wisdom of the Crowds?
ABC Religion and Ethics

April 2016

Gordon Menzies, writing for ABC Religion and Ethics, wonders about the implications of Trump's rise for our understanding of human nature.

Six Reasons You Should Read Books
ABC Religion and Ethics

April 2016

Natasha Moore makes a case this World Book Day for how reading can enrich your life.

The same-sex marriage post that Facebook deleted
The Drum

April 2016

John Dickson, writing for ABC's The Drum, asks the difficult question: who shares the responsibility for the mental health of LGBTI youth?

The Pope Francis Effect
International Association of Religion Journalists

April 2016

Barney Zwartz comments on the growth and decline of global Catholicism for the International Association of Religion Journalists.

Where do Australian values come from?
ACL Political Spot

March 2016

Simon Smart was a guest on ACL's Political Spot, speaking about how Christianity has shaped Australia's ethical foundations.

How do we find joy at a funeral?
The Canberra Times

March 2016

Simon Smart reflects on our methods for dealing with death - and what it means if Jesus really is "the resurrection and the life".

The Easter story teaches us humility and love
The Drum

March 2016

Natasha Moore on how Jesus' death and resurrection forbids us to separate ourselves from the suffering of others.

Christianity is still the foundation of our most treasured convictions
Sydney Morning Herald

March 2016

Simon Smart traces the roots of the "inalienable dignity" of the human person to the Easter story.

Respect needed on both sides of same-sex debate
The Age

February 2016

Barney Zwartz, writing for The Age, suggests that "tolerance" is not a high enough bar for public debate - but it's better than its opposite.

Against Pessimism: The fierce hope of Marilynne Robinson
ABC Religion and Ethics

February 2016

Natasha Moore reviews Marilynne Robinson's new book of essays, The Givenness of Things, for ABC Religion and Ethics.

Faith: the meaning of suffering
The Age

January 2016

Barney Zwartz reflects on happiness, suffering, and God's "providence".

The Joy of Creation: Does our Pursuit of Beauty Reflect a Divine Creator?
ABC Religion and Ethics

January 2016

Justine Toh marvels at the relationship of humans to our world, as reflected in the making of the perfect violin.

Spotlight
Australian Book Review

January 2016

Barney Zwartz says that a new film about the journos who broke the story of child sexual abuse by Boston priests should win the Oscar.

Christmas story offers hope of resilience against all odds
Sydney Morning Herald

December 2015

Simon Smart asked Christian believers facing very difficult circumstances - war in Syria, a traumatic past, or the uncertainty of asylum seeker status - what "peace and joy" the Christmas story can offer in their circumstances. He reports their responses for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Harshness of the first Christmas story a good fit for our troubled times
Canberra Times

December 2015

Justine Toh, writing for the Canberra Times, suggests that Jesus' birth is not such a "nice" story as we might think.

In defence of the nativity play
The Drum

December 2015

Even if you think the Christmas story is a myth, that doesn't mean it's not worth telling, writes Natasha Moore at The Drum.

Can we truly forgive? Is the Christian demand relevant today?
The Age

December 2015

Barney Zwartz, writing for The Age, reflects on the pain - and the blessing - of forgiving.

Week in review
ABC News 24

December 2015

Simon Smart appeared on ABC News 24 to discuss the Paris climate talks, the mid-year economic review, and the meaning of Christmas.

Are Aussies more religious than we think?
612 ABC Brisbane

December 2015

Simon Smart spoke to Steve Austin at ABC Radio Brisbane about a new poll that suggests Australians imagine themselves as far more nonreligious than they are - as well as about meaning in life, and the growth of Christianity in China.

Incredible moral courage needed for true faith
The Age

November 2015

Barney Zwartz writes about the ferocious integrity of historical figures like Simone Weil and the Russian pianist who stood up to Stalin.

Monkey on our Back: Unravelling the Evolution “Myth”
ABC Religion and Ethics

November 2015

Natasha Moore calls out the unscientific ways in which we talk about human nature and the distant past.

Ad featuring the Lord’s Prayer banned from UK cinemas
ABC News 24

November 2015

Simon Smart appeared on ABC News 24 to comment on the brouhaha over UK cinemas' decision to exclude a Church of England ad from pre-Star Wars screenings this Christmas.

Do we have religious freedom anymore?
On Line Opinion

November 2015

Mike Bird, writing for On Line Opinion, reflects on what the anti-discrimination case against Catholic bishops for distributing a booklet about same-sex marriage means for tolerance and diversity in modern Australia.

So religion makes you meaner? Not according to the evidence
The Drum

November 2015

Simon Smart, writing for The Drum, considers a recent University of Chicago study that suggests religious kids are less altruistic and more judgmental than others.

Great Sexpectations
ABC Religion & Ethics

November 2015

Writing for ABC Religion & Ethics, Justine Toh meditates on the way we imbue sex with an excess of significance - and how this sets us up for disappointment.

Does religion make kids meaner?
Adelaide Advertiser

November 2015

Simon Smart spoke to the Adelaide Advertiser about a recent University of Chicago study which suggests that children from religious households are more judgmental and less altruistic. (Note: subscription needed)

Is Christianity in decline?
2UE

November 2015

Simon Smart spoke to Mike Jeffreys on 2UE about the recent finding by the Pew Research Center that America is becoming a less religious place.

No wonder believers and sceptics disagree – they use different definitions
The Age

November 2015

A recent survey on what 'faith' is - and what it isn't - reveals why the debate over the existence of God is often at cross-purposes, writes Barney Zwartz in The Age.

Lift your spirits
Radio National

October 2015

John Dickson and his wife Buff talk to Rachael Kohn on ABC Radio National's The Spirit of Things about faith and coping with depression.

Think Religion is Detrimental to Mental Health? Think Again
ABC Religion and Ethics

October 2015

John Dickson, writing for ABC Religion and Ethics, looks at the latest research on whether religion is good or bad for you.

Christianity is dying out? Don’t count on it
The Drum

October 2015

Barney Zwartz, writing for The Drum, challenges claims that Christianity will be invisible in Britain by 2067 - and suggests what might be lost if it did become extinct.

Whose Religion? Which Secularism? Australia Has a Serious Religious Literacy Problem
ABC Religion and Ethics

September 2015

Michael Bird reexamines the idea that secularism is about removing religion from the public square.

Changing times won’t remove place of Christianity in people’s hearts
The Age

September 2015

Barney Zwartz suggests that reports of Christianity's demise (in Britain by 2067) have been greatly exaggerated.

Denying their dignity: Hutchinson and SMS dismissal
On Line Opinion

September 2015

Paul Kidson writes for On Line Opinion about the inherent dignity of both workers and employees.

The Pope’s abortion edict isn’t new, but it is nice
The Drum

September 2015

Justine Toh, writing for The Drum, reflects on mercy and the idea of Jubilee in light of the Pope's recent announcement about abortion.

Gayby Baby – a missed opportunity to model healthy conversation
The Ethics Centre

September 2015

Justine Toh writes for The Ethics Centre on how the recent furore over the screening of a documentary in Sydney schools could have gone very differently.

The war over “no religion” on the 2016 Australian Census
ABC Religion and Ethics Report

September 2015

Simon Smart spoke to David Rutledge on the ABC Religion and Ethics Report about the 2016 census and religious life in Australia.

Dumping religious education
2GB

August 2015

Simon Smart spoke to the Rev. Bill Crews at 2GB about the Victorian government's decision to move Scripture classes out of school hours.

SRI change: Christianity is still significant in our national life
The Age

August 2015

Barney Zwartz, writing for The Age, considers what might be lost and gained by the Victorian government's changes to Special Religious Instruction in schools.

A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible
ABC Radio

August 2015

John Dickson spoke to ABC Radio in Brisbane about his most recent book - and answered some spiky questions about history's bestselling book.

Religion in schools sparks unholy debate
Channel 7

August 2015

John Dickson appeared on Channel 7's Sunrise alongside FIRIS representative Paul Foster to discuss a controversial new billboard warning parents against Scripture classes.

The Issue: Religion in State Schools
ABC Radio

August 2015

John Dickson appeared on ABC Radio's Sunday Nights as part of a panel discussing the rights and wrongs of Special Religious Education in schools.

Of religion and Australia: we must not succumb to historical amnesia
The Drum

July 2015

Simon Smart reviews Roy Williams' new book Post-God Nation? at ABC's The Drum.

Cruise control: Scientology secrets
Eternity

July 2015

Natasha Moore, writing for Eternity, weighs the challenge to faith posed by the new Scientology documentary Going Clear.

Peace, Ideology & Free Speech
ABC Q & A

July 2015

Visiting Canadian scholar John Stackhouse appeared, via CPX, on ABC's Q&A on Monday night.

Atheists can be every bit as moral as believers
The Age

July 2015

Barney Zwartz considers the moral track records of science and Christianity respectively.

What does our treatment of asylum seekers say about national character?
On Line Opinion

July 2015

If Australia was a person, would we even like them? Judging by the nation's treatment of asylum seekers, probably not, writes Justine Toh.

Australian Christian Book of the Year shortlist announced
Eternity

July 2015

Two CPX authors - John Dickson and Richard Shumack - have been shortlisted for the 2015 Christian Book of the Year.

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.