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Lives of Faith

Richard Johnson Lecture 2016

Click here, or on the image, to purchase your tickets. (you'll be taken to It’s a widely held assumption in Western societies that religion has a peculiar tendency to promote violence. Indeed, much of our domestic and foreign policy assumes this. Is it a fair assumption? Are religions more…

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…

Life & Faith: By The Book

Can books be a cure for the common cold? Can a novel help us navigate a midlife crisis? Can reading be a remedy for a broken heart? These are just some of the questions that bibliotherapy claims to be able to answer. Whatever your ailment may be, there’s a novel…

Debating Same-Sex Marriage

The debate about same-sex marriage frequently generates more heat than light. In these videos, Ryan T. Anderson advocates for a more open, respectful conversation that allows both sides to remain friends. In the first video, Anderson contrasts the reaction to the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in the US…

Life & Faith: Exceptional

The human brain is the most complex object known to exist in the universe. This is the thought that Marilynne Robinson begins many of her classes with. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and acclaimed essayist is a Professor at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. “I want to encourage my young…

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…

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