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Syria: Bombs, Borders and Boarders

Monday, 2 November 2015
 | Gordon Preece

The catastrophe of Syria’s emptying and Europe’s and Australia’s contradictory attempts to respond was captured recently in an image. This was not the most influential, visceral image of three year-old Aylan Kurdi’s limp body face down on a Turkish beach. It was an Age cartoonist’s picture of Mr Abbott as lifesaver lifting some Syrians with one hand from the water and holding others under-water with the other.

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The Case Against the Legalisation of Euthanasia and Physician-assisted Suicide

Monday, 2 November 2015
 | Denise Cooper-Clarke

All societies and cultures have laws against murder, based on the moral belief that it is wrong to kill an innocent human being. The right to life is the most basic of human rights. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, this belief is based on humans being uniquely created in the image of God. But respect for life is not just a religious value, it is a foundational value of all societies in which reasonable people would want to live.

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A Labour of Love: Creativity, Work and Art

Monday, 2 November 2015
 | Sean McDonough and Gordon Preece

"Both in popular culture and Church, there’s often a radical distinction between faith and work, with work typically seen as bad. That’s an analogous distinction to the being and doing of humanity. But in Scripture, particularly John’s Gospel, Jesus’ experience of God’s love is interwoven with his labour in God’s love."

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Why Active Euthanasia is Quite Different to Current Medical Practices (Despite What Some People Say)

Monday, 5 October 2015
 | Denise Cooper-Clarke

Pro-euthanasia advocate Julian Savulescu argued that euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide should be legalised because they are not morally different from two currently morally and legally accepted medical practices. Dr Cooper-Clarke, a medical doctor (and ethicist with a PhD on this topic) critiques this claim.

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Learning Theology from Terry Eagleton

Monday, 21 September 2015
 | Geoff Thompson

From Eagleton’s grasp of Christian theology, and his confidence to resist the cultural embargo often placed over it, there is much to learn. It may be one of the ways theology, and deep discussions about Christianity, become genuinely public.

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The Times They Are A-Changing… Being the Church in a Secular, Liberal, Pluralist Democracy

Friday, 18 September 2015
 | Scott Higgins

The centuries from the Enlightenment until the present have seen the decline of Christendom and the rise of liberal, secular, pluralist democracies. This has dramatically reshaped the place of the church in society and societal expectations around virtue.

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Source: ibtimes.com

The Refugee Crisis, Europe, and Christian Hope

Friday, 18 September 2015
 | Alastair Roberts

Few moral issues facing us in our day require such careful navigation between treacherous hidden shoals of false virtues and well-intentioned folly as that of the mass movement of refugees. Fulfilling our calling to be both wise as serpents and harmless as doves is an immense, yet never more pressing, challenge.

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What Next? To the Barricades or the Gated Community? (Part 1)

Monday, 7 September 2015
 | Stephen McAlpine

The current cultural squeeze that Christianity is facing in the West risks sending God's people one of two extremes; to the barricades as culture warriors, or to the gated community as culture haters/avoiders. The former are determined to take the culture back, while the former are happy to give the culture back.

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Evil Deeds and Evil People: Some Theological Reflections

Sunday, 30 August 2015
 | Douglas Hynd

What does it mean to say that people are ‘evil’? Does the doing of evil deeds mean that people are no longer really human, having by their actions placed themselves outside the scope of the human community? If they are does that mean that we owe them no further duty of care, respect or justice?

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What Does My Community Ask of Me?

Sunday, 30 August 2015
 | Will Jones

Community - The panacea to the emptiness of modern celebrity. But can it deliver all we want from it? Can it fill the emptiness left by modern individualistic, consumerist living?

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