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Lives of Faith

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.

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.