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Image: How to have a real conversation about Islam - with Muslims

How to have a real conversation about Islam - with Muslims

Richard Shumack argues that theology is an important ingredient in understanding Islamic terrorism.

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

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

In response to the complaint against Stephen Fry, Barney Zwartz asks what truly counts as blasphemy.

Image: The moral beauty of Easter

The moral beauty of Easter

The cross seems ugly - but Barney Zwartz suggests beauty is one of the great arguments for God.

Image: The generation brought up on self-esteem is struggling

The generation brought up on self-esteem is struggling

Simon Smart weighs the tenets of the self-esteem movement against the starkness of the Easter story.

Image: Easter: the twisted tale that brings hope

Easter: the twisted tale that brings hope

Natasha Moore reflects on why the cross continues to offend, and to attract.

Image: The United Nations is shamed by its failure to act on religious killings

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

Barney Zwartz asks: why is the UN doing so little to protect religious minorities?

Image: Bible’s influence continues to motivate public good

Bible’s influence continues to motivate public good

Barney Zwartz looks back on 200 years since the founding of Australia's oldest organisation.

Image: Do we have the faith to change the world?

Do we have the faith to change the world?

Natasha Moore ponders the role of conscience in Scorsese's film Silence - and our own lives.

Image: The Sacred Fragility of Life: Tim Winton, Faith and Fundamentalism

The Sacred Fragility of Life: Tim Winton, Faith and Fundamentalism

Simon Smart reflects on the life - and faith - of one of Australia's most beloved writers.

Image: Fifty Years Without the Death Penalty, Australia Should be Grateful

Fifty Years Without the Death Penalty, Australia Should be Grateful

Richard Shumack reflects on justice and hope, 50 years on from the last execution in Australia.

Image: Why Australians will never let go of Christianity

Why Australians will never let go of Christianity

John Dickson says religion has always been heavily contested in Australia - but its appeal endures.

Image: Spiritual instruction shows we must respect and ‘honour’ Donald Trump

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

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

Image: Flip the script

Flip the script

The Christmas story, explained in terms of what psychologists call "non-complementary behaviour".

Image: Piercing the Sadness: How God Resolves the World’s Discord

Piercing the Sadness: How God Resolves the World’s Discord

John Dickson reflects on sadness at Christmastime - and the promise of joy.

Image: A voice in the void

A voice in the void

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

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