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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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War Remembrance and Research - Two Book Reviews

Sunday, 26 April 2015
 | Keith Sewell

The devastating wars of the last century have taken their toll, and arguably the all too often self-righteous pseudo-Christian language used in war-dead remembrances have served to undermine the original biblical meaning of the terminology employed. In such a context, these two works merit serious reflection by all who are concerned about the public standing of Christianity in contemporary Australia.

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What does Anzac Day have to do with God?

Sunday, 26 April 2015
 | Jon Clarke

How ready are Christians to take a sufficiently critical look at the 'ANZAC myth'?

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Singing the Lord’s Song in a Foreign Land: Lessons from War

Saturday, 25 April 2015
 | Hugh Begbie

"I have been in the Army twice, though I have not been to war. I deeply appreciate the courage, mateship and resilience revealed in the ‘diggers’ of that era and which is still reflected in the professionalism and values of our military forces today. In many ways I identify with the spirit of Anzac and do not wish to diminish it. However, as a Christian, it is important not only to endorse those aspects of the legend that are good but also to understand its limitations."

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Australia’s WW1 Humanitarian Legacy: The Social Gospel and the Armenian Relief Effort

Friday, 24 April 2015
 | Vicken Babkenian and Armen Gakavian

The rediscovery of this inspiring story has the potential of providing an alternative, philanthropic dimension to Australian identity. Our federation’s formative years were shaped not just by the Anzac military catastrophe, but also by an unprecedented humanitarian effort that united Australians of diverse backgrounds. Can Australia find its identity in the humanitarian narrative, alongside the military one?

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Understanding the Times (abridged from A Climate of Hope)

Tuesday, 31 March 2015
 | Claire Dawson

I remember learning about ‘global warming’ in geography class back in the late 1980’s. Even then things seemed so bad to me that I felt quite convinced that I would never choose to have children of my own. The future seemed bleak, and humanity seemed to be failing miserably in its responsibility to care for the planet...

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Trading Places: Some Perspectives on Australia’s Participation in Regional Free Trade Agreements

Tuesday, 31 March 2015
 | Amar Breckenridge

In Australia, the TPP has attracted a fair amount of media commentary, much of it critical. While some of the more vocal criticism has come from non-governmental sectors, it is also important to note that a wide range of economists, with views ranging across the political spectrum, have also evinced scepticism, if not hostility, to these arrangements.

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Recovering Bonhoeffer from his Betrayers (70th Anniversary of his death, 9/4/1945)

Tuesday, 31 March 2015
 | Gordon Preece

Like all saints made into static statues, portraits often tell as much or more about the artists and their age than the saints and theirs. This is certainly true of Bonhoeffer and the Church of his anguished age.

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Ethical Consumption: In Pursuit of the Faith-Inspired Shopping Basket

Monday, 30 March 2015
 | Jai Sharma

We have, right now, an exciting opportunity to not only expand our application of the gospel but to redeem the very motivations at the heart of why we buy what we buy.

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Hot buttons and cool reason: have we lost the art of moral argument?

Monday, 2 March 2015
 | Denise Cooper-Clarke

When there is disagreement about an issue and people from both “sides” talk to each other or in the public space promoting their point of view, we call this an argument. But a look at the two distinct ways we use the word “argument” tells us a lot about the state of public moral discourse.

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(Unhealthy) Trends in Christian Leadership

Monday, 2 March 2015
 | Siu Fung Wu

"We must guard ourselves from this management philosophy and corporatisation of the church. Surely we need sound management of our finances and efficient organisational structures. But we must learn to be love-centred with the help of the Spirit, so that we can truly be an alternative community to a value system that treats people as commodities and money-making machines."

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