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Podcast Review: Better Off Dead by Andrew Denton

Monday, 5 June 2017
 | Denise Cooper-Clarke

While Denton presents many moving stories designed to elicit compassion (and a perceived need for assisted dying as a solution to the ‘problem’), there is very little critical reflection or exploration of moral arguments.

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Festival of 'minority' ideas: race, justice and Tim Costello

Sunday, 4 June 2017
 | Mersina Papantoniou

This year's Sydney Writer's Festival featured contemporary and brave works by those categorised as 'racial minority' writers, and a reminder from Tim Costello that faith and social responsibility are 'Siamese twins'.

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Seeing Jesus through Palestinian eyes

Sunday, 4 June 2017
 | Nils von Kalm

The light of love shines brightest when circumstances are at their darkest. In a land of conflict, it was the suffering love of the Prince of Peace who walked those dusty roads that impacted me the most. It is a love to which I give my life.

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Link highlights | May 2017

Sunday, 4 June 2017
 | Ethos editor

Highlights of links to online news and opinion pieces from 1st May to 4th June 2017.

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Reflections on Coptic martyrdom

Monday, 29 May 2017
 | Chris Marshall

Is ’the blood of the martyrs the seed of the church'? It's best we ask Egypt's Copts, whose resilience is being sorely tested in the midst of ongoing oppression and persecution in an increasingly dangerous nation.

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False fears and egg freezing

Saturday, 27 May 2017
 | Amanda Jackson

It seems that, apart from a small number of women who will benefit from egg-freezing, it is mostly a marketing ‘false fact’ designed to play on women’s guilt.

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How can work make us happy?

Monday, 1 May 2017
 | Kara Martin

For May Day, Kara Martin responds to an editorial in The Age on job satisfaction and time spent in the workplace, drawing on research to show that Christians experience greater purpose and meaning in their work.

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Strength in Weakness

Monday, 1 May 2017
 | Elena Down

By seeing disability as gift not punishment, strength not weakness, we can more fully embrace those with disability - and learn, from their uniqueness and our own, the beautiful simplicity of faith.

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Link highlights | April 2017

Monday, 1 May 2017
 | Ethos editor

Highlights of links to online news and opinion pieces for April 2017.

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Let's amend 18C to say what it means

Tuesday, 11 April 2017
 | Frank Brennan

Section 18C should be amended to stamp out racial vilification while upholding freedom of speech even when people are insulted or offended. The bar should be set at the same level before the Human Rights Commission as it would be before the courts.

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