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Dawn Vigils in Lockdown… but it’s not Resurrection Sunday

Friday, 24 April 2020
 | Paul Tyson

Christians have not been very creative when it comes to Easter in a time of pandemic. On Anzac Day, however, we are seeing wide scale innovative liturgical alternatives across the nation. Why?

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Avoiding the (frozen) Cold Shoulder?

Monday, 20 April 2020
 | John Kidson

After reluctantly going under the knife, the old granny psalm' you never appreciate what you have until it's gone' can become more relevant than ever. A short medical story from pre-COVID times.

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TV series review: The Test: A New Era For Australian Cricket

Thursday, 16 April 2020
 | Brendan Byrne

The Test is clearly intended as a shame-to-glory documentary. While the humanity and vulnerability of the participants is painfully on display, the opportunity for deeper reflection is never taken up.

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A prayer for a time of pandemic

Thursday, 9 April 2020
 | Rebecca Forbes

In these extraordinary times, God, give us compassion. Give us prayerfulness.

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Book Review: Reason, Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization

Monday, 24 February 2020
 | Ian Hore-Lacy

According to Sam Gregg, the genius of Western civilisation is its unique synthesis of reason and faith - the kind expressed in Jewish and Christian faiths and cultures. To the extent that reason and faith have been uncoupled following the Enlightenment, he argues, we have seen the rise of social pathologies inimical to the pursuit of truth.

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Peter and Paul: apostles and martyrs

Sunday, 26 January 2020
 | John Kidson

Peter and Paul’s theological differences, initially quite divisive, were dealt with openly and amicably. Peter the fisherman and Paul the scholar shared in common an abiding confidence in Jesus. How does their example of apostleship and martyrdom challenge us today?

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Book Review: How to do Nothing: Resisting the attention economy

Wednesday, 22 January 2020
 | Karina Kreminski

This book is not about how to do nothing, but an act of ‘political resistance’ against the attention economy. Odell confronts us with who we have become, a disembodied, distracted society moulded by technologies with not so altruistic agendas, and calls us to become something different - a community that is human.

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Link Highlights | November-December 2019

Sunday, 22 December 2019
 | Ethos editor

Highlights of links to online news and opinion pieces from November and December 2019

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Book review: The Madness of Crowds – gender, race and identity

Friday, 20 December 2019
 | Ian Hore-Lacy

As the grand narratives of religion and secular political hopes collapsed over the last century, we have moved to a culture of aggressive identity politics where disagreement has become ‘hate speech’. How can we learn to be generous outside our own tribal group, to listen respectfully and forgive indiscretions?

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Dealing with loss at Christmas

Thursday, 19 December 2019
 | Nils von Kalm

For many people, Christmas is the hardest time of the year. Thankfully, the joy of Christmas can only really be known within pain.

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