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Free Like A Bird

How one couple found love, peace and hope, while seeking asylum in Australia. —- “With courage let us all combine.” This is the theme for Refugee Week in Australia. It’s a phrase taken from the second verse of the Australian national anthem, a verse that also includes these words: “For…

The Permanent Resident

Our literature is not as diverse as our streets, schools, playgrounds and offices. —- “I grew up in India and now I have Australian citizenship; and I feel like I’m Indian and Australian, I don’t feel like I have to choose. I feel I am a migrant, but I also…

Is Christianity Bad News for Women?

The 2nd-century Greek philosopher Celsus famously dismissed Christianity as a religion of women, children, and slaves – that is to say, not to be taken seriously. But Christianity is much more likely to be condemned today, not for being a religion of women, but a religion against women. If gender…

Rebroadcast: Identity Complex

The number of people who have “no religion” is rising in the West - but what does this mean? —- While statistics suggest that religion is in decline across most of the West, being irreligious is perhaps more complex than it seems. In the UK, for example, only 25 per…

A White Man’s World

There’s sadness and hope on the long road towards Aboriginal recognition and reconciliation. —- “He said to me, 'never forget you’re an Aboriginal, but do the best you can in a white man’s world'. So that’s what I’ve tried to do. With the help of the Lord Jesus.” Every year,…

No Angel

An ex-con’s journey from prison, to a stint in the Army, to holding High Anglican Mass in London. —- “I was never an angel, that’s for sure. I started to steal … but I wasn’t very good at it. I constantly got caught.” At just 15 years of age, Reverend…

How Grand to Be A Toucan

The illustrious life of Dorothy L. Sayers - novelist, woman of letters, and public Christian. —- “… a woman is just as much an ordinary human being as a man, with the same individual preferences, and with just as much right to the tastes and preferences of an individual. What…

The Ring of Truth

An atheist, a Taliban leader, and a teenager fighting cancer respond to the Bible. —- “At the heart of one of the most violent regimes the world has known, there was someone who was wanting to read the Bible but had never had the opportunity.” The Bible first made its…

An Empty Plate

The Corbetts arrived in Everton ready to fight losing battles - but they’re winning some too. —- “Listen to me. You’re grown-ups. This is bad. You are being bad unless you do something about it.” The words of a seven-year-old kid living in Everton, Liverpool. He had just drawn a…

The Missing Theology of Art

How a plain white tablecloth and a dingy tavern scene can point to the divine. —- “The very idea of making a painting of something had a very deep Christian purpose - at the beginning. Though at a certain juncture, it became very important for that to be set aside,…

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