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Engage.Mail publishes 4 articles each month (except January). Articles are generally from within a broadly Evangelical perspective. Ethos does not necessarily endorse every opinion of the authors but promotes their writing to encourage critical thought and discussion. We welcome your submission of articles.

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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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Faith: Toxic or Life-Serving?

Sunday, 30 August 2015
 | Brian Harris

there is a groundswell of support for the mantra proclaiming that faith is both toxic and abusive. They are undoubtedly one-sided, but beneath the overstated accusations lie some disturbing realities.

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Constitutional Recognition and the Dream of the Kingdom

Tuesday, 11 August 2015
 | Brooke Prentis

I have a dream that all Australians would have a willingness to learn the true history of this country, would know the true history of this country, and would retell the true history of this country. I have a dream that all Australians would live in a country that cares for the poor, respects difference, and embraces the world’s oldest living culture.

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Losing Culture

Monday, 10 August 2015
 | Barbara Deutschmann

I can’t really understand what it must be like to see your culture eroding with each successive generation. Language encodes culture and many Aboriginal languages have disappeared. Of the 250 traditional languages, only 40 remain and only 18 of these are still learnt by children.

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