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Lives of Faith

Life & Faith: Notes on Blindness

John Hull began losing his sight in his mid-forties. He describes it as a dark black disc that slowly progressed over his field of vision. “Do remember that day when I caught a glimpse of a church spire?” the Australian theologian asks his wife, Marilyn, in the documentary film, Notes…

Bach for the Cello

“By mathematics we shall come to heaven …” Rowan Williams is not only a former Archbishop of Canterbury and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, but also a poet. Listen to him read and - with equal clarity and grace - explain his poem “Bach for the Cello”. Simon Smart interviewed…

The meaningful universe

“Is there a God? Of course not. What is the meaning of the universe? It doesn’t have any. What is the purpose of life? Ditto. Is there a difference between right and wrong, good and bad? There’s not a moral difference between them. What is the nature of the relationship…

Life & Faith: Ten Commandments

“The Ten Commandments are among the great cultural icons of the West,” John Dickson writes in the introduction to his new book, ‘A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments’. For some, doubters and believers alike, the Ten Commandments conjures an image of a white-bearded Charlton Heston standing on top of…

Life & Faith: Field Hospital

“I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he…

Creativity and transcendence

Tim Winton is the author of more than 25 books including Cloudstreet (1991), Dirt Music (2001), The Turning (2005), and Eyrie (2013). He is perhaps Australia’s most acclaimed and beloved novelist, and has been named a “Living Treasure” by the National Trust of Australia. In this interview, he describes creative…

Life & Faith: Beautiful Proof

“An equation for me has no meaning unless it expresses a thought of God.” – Srinivasa Ramanujan. Ramanujan was a self-taught mathematical genius from India, who moved to Cambridge University in 1914 to work with the eminent mathematician, G. H. Hardy. His story, as told in the movie The Man…

Life & Faith: Beyond Belief

According to Hugh Mackay, Australia is in the middle of a “soft revolution”. After 30 years of consumerism and the so-called happiness movement, Mackay says people are ready to rid themselves of their materialistic and narcissistic characteristics and embrace that there’s more to life. “Unless there’s something I put my…

Why good things happen to good people

The research suggests that doing good is actually good for you. Stephen G. Post, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People, explains why. Stephen G. Post is Professor of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University, and Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics. He…

Life & Faith: Freedom Regained

Neurons and genetics cannot explain away the existence of free will, according to Julian Baggini. —- When philosopher Julian Baggini – author of more than a dozen books, including Atheism: A Very Short Introduction and Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will – hears someone talking about free will, they’re…

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