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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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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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Fear and Financial Security

Monday, 10 August 2015
 | John McKinnon

Fear has been a key weapon of empires throughout time. Frightened people will accept almost anything in order to survive, so it is not surprising fear is used as a tool of control.

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All that Campaigning on Aid: Did We Achieve Anything?

Saturday, 1 August 2015
 | Scott Higgins

So was the campaigning worth it? Aid levels are returning to what they were decades ago as a proportion of national income. Did all that campaigning achieve anything? I think it did.

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