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The Handmaid’s Tale: a timely indictment of conservative religion

Monday, 24 July 2017
 | Sarah Judd-Lam

Far from being 'anti-Christian', The Handmaid’s Tale series warns against three key dangers for the church: graceless religion, tolerating abuse and engaging in moral hypocrisy. We would do well to heed its message.

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A final journal? Or some dark days revisited

Sunday, 23 July 2017
 | John Kidson

‘How come I've got this dementia, and he hasn't!?’ Join the journey of despair, prayers and (mis)adventures of a patient diagnosed with a life-changing condition. 

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Review of Smithy: The John Smith Story

Sunday, 23 July 2017
 | Dave Fuller

Don Parham traces the spiritual transformation and ministry of one of Australia’s great Christian leaders - a left-wing ‘maddie’ called by God to speak to both the Church and the nation, like a modern day Amos.

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Getting rid of Christian labels and calling out sexism

Monday, 17 July 2017
 | Karina Kreminski

We need to move beyond echo-chamber church discussions around ‘complementarianism’ and ‘egalitarianism’ that can distract us from noticing the deeper problem that pervades our society and that we desperately need to address: sexism.

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The Promise: an historical-ethnographic film review

Sunday, 9 July 2017
 | Mersina Papantoniou

More than just a love story, The Promise powerfully and accurately portrays one of the most gruesome yet forgotten episodes of modern history, the Armenian Genocide of WWI. But far from being someone else's history in a faraway land, the film's theme has a strong Australian connection.

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Jane Goodall: on humans, animals and the indomitable spirit

Saturday, 1 July 2017
 | Jack Mathieson

What distinguishes humans from animals is not emotions, tools, culture or even DNA, but the choice to love and an indomitable spirit. As humans, and especially as Christians, we have a responsibility to care for the earth, as an act of love towards humanity and God's creation.

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Link highlights | June 2017

Saturday, 1 July 2017
 | Ethos editor

Highlights of links to online news and opinion pieces from 5th to 30th June 2017.

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The new Wonder Woman: a force to be reckoned with

Sunday, 11 June 2017
 | Sarah Judd-Lam

Some would say that a female saviour figure is a corruption of the message of Christ, but this film has the power to leave viewers with a sense of hope that evil can be conquered through sacrificial love, and that all of us, women included, can play a part.

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Are supervised injecting centres ethical?

Thursday, 8 June 2017
 | Ethos editor

The Victorian State Government has established an inquiry to look at a proposal for a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) in Richmond. We present arguments for and against this proposal from ACL and UnitingCare, and a discussion around the ethical issues by Ethos' Gordon Preece.

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Podcast Review: Better Off Dead by Andrew Denton

Monday, 5 June 2017
 | Denise Cooper-Clarke

While Denton presents many moving stories designed to elicit compassion (and a perceived need for assisted dying as a solution to the ‘problem’), there is very little critical reflection or exploration of moral arguments.

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