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Life & Faith: Reconciliation Week

The story of Christianity and Aboriginal culture in Australia, is one of tragedy, loss and deep sorrow. But there are also stories of hope and reconciliation that run alongside this darker narrative. “We deeply believe in the message, we deeply believe in Jesus, and I think because of that we’ve…

Can books save us?

The writers and devoted readers who populate a literary festival may not be the most objective observers when it comes to this question, but they certainly seemed to embrace the “Bibliotherapy” theme of last week’s Sydney Writers Festival. The idea was books as therapy: as instruments not only for entertainment…

Life & Faith: A Religious World

It may feel like we’re living in an increasingly secular world, but the numbers tell a different story. According to a recent study, by the year 2050, the number of people in the world without any religious affiliation will decline as a share of the global population. At the same…

Life & Faith: Music and the Mind

Ivy is 105 years old and she loves music. She sings along to “old-timers” in the car when she’s traveling around Australia, and listens to “sad” songs before she goes to bed. “I usually have the music playing softly,” she says, “I go to sleep that way.” The truth is,…

Artist God

“Creative” and “creativity” are perennially positive terms in today’s world. But to what extent are art and creativity essentials of human nature - and in what sense are they derived, historically and theologically, from the nature of God as creator? Trevor Hart is a pastor and Honorary Professor at the…

Life & Faith: On Terror

One of the defining narratives of the twenty-first century is the threat of global terrorism. It dominates the news cycle and is one of our society’s greatest fears. According to a recent Pew study, Australians consider the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) as the global threat they are most concerned about…

Life & Faith: Adoption

“It’s a mixed blessing to see yourself in your kids,” says Geoff Broughton, the rector at Paddington Anglican Church in Sydney. He’s only half joking. As an adopted child, the first time he met a ‘blood relative’ was at the birth of his son. Watching his son grow up and…

The same-sex marriage post that Facebook deleted

When I argued that the language used by same-sex marriage advocates also risked doing harm to LGBTI youths, Facebook removed my post. It took the intervention of former Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson to get it restored, writes John Dickson. Perhaps the most powerful argument for same-sex marriage and against…

Life & Faith: Good Grief

Nothing in life is certain but death and taxes. But if death is something we all face at some point, and grief is part of the human experience, we talk about them surprisingly little. In fact, it’s something we don’t necessarily do all that well as a culture. “The word…

Not for Kids

The availability of online pornography has been called one of the biggest unconscious social experiments ever conducted. Research has shown that more than 90% of boys under the age of 16, and around 60% of girls, have visited a porn site online, and this exposure is having significant effects on…

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