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Even boys can become feminists - and wear a different wristband

Sunday, 22 October 2017
 | John Kidson

To transpose the moral questions of Jesus' first century life into our 21st century is fraught with difficulty. So I've always thought we should add two extra letters to the wrist-band: WWJHMD – what would Jesus have me do?

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Euthanasia in the media – September-October 2017

Wednesday, 18 October 2017
 | Ethos editor

A selection of articles from the Australian media on euthanasia, in the lead-up to the debate of the Assisted Dying Bill in the Victorian Parliament in October 2017.

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Review of James Davison Hunter, To Change the World

Monday, 9 October 2017
 | Gordon Preece

James Hunter challenges our individualistic view of change and the narrow and misguided focus on political power among both Left and Right. He calls for a positive Christian posture of ‘faithful presence’, shaped by covenantal Christian community and salting every social structure.

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Concern about Australia’s suicide rate

Tuesday, 3 October 2017
 | John Kidson

Young people need something to aspire to; education, vocation and occupation are simply means to this end. And youth of all faiths need guidance from their leaders towards something beyond themselves that will give them a sense of purpose and meaning.

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Link highlights | September 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017
 | Ethos editor

Highlights of links to online news and opinion pieces from September 2017.

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Book Review: A Field Guide to Melancholy

Monday, 25 September 2017
 | Rex Dale

Melancholy is central to the human condition, writes Jacky Bowring, and we are as much drawn to it as we are repelled by it. Extolling the benefits of sadness, Bowring questions our obsession with the pursuit of happiness: 'To lose melancholy is to be deprived of one of the imagination’s last refuges'.

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Link highlights | August 2017

Monday, 4 September 2017
 | Ethos editor

Highlights of links to online news and opinion pieces from August 2017.

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The Big Sick: a film with much more appeal than its name

Sunday, 3 September 2017
 | Sarah Judd-Lam

Based on a true story, The Big Sick provides a realistic depiction of a cross-cultural relationship. In doing so, it deals with some pretty serious subjects – racism, unemployment, relational breakdown, major illness, and the importance of honesty, tenacity and love through thick and thin.

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A Tale of Two Gileads: legalism and grace in the eyes of Atwood and Robinson

Friday, 18 August 2017
 | Gordon Preece

Like the best futurist literature, The Handmaid's Tale shouldn’t be dismissed as mere fantasy. But lest we confuse fundamentalism with the freeing fundamentals of Christian faith, a comparison with Marilynne Robinson's depiction in Gilead of humble Christ-like love and service is a good antidote. Will they turn Robinson's Gilead into a TV series?

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Why does The Handmaid’s Tale and our witness of this perhaps-not-so-fantastical tale matter?

Saturday, 12 August 2017
 | Karly Michelle Edgar

I often feel very limited in my impact on society when I am confronted with the issues presented in The Handmaid’s Tale. But after reading Beauty Will Save the World I am reminded that it truly is the small moments focused on the love and care of Jesus that can make the difference. What if the greatest act of subversion was to care for others?

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