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Jane Goodall: on humans, animals and the indomitable spirit

Saturday, 1 July 2017
 | Jack Mathieson

What distinguishes humans from animals is not emotions, tools, culture or even DNA, but the choice to love and an indomitable spirit. As humans, and especially as Christians, we have a responsibility to care for the earth, as an act of love towards humanity and God's creation.

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Link highlights | June 2017

Saturday, 1 July 2017
 | Ethos editor

Highlights of links to online news and opinion pieces from 5th to 30th June 2017.

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The new Wonder Woman: a force to be reckoned with

Sunday, 11 June 2017
 | Sarah Judd-Lam

Some would say that a female saviour figure is a corruption of the message of Christ, but this film has the power to leave viewers with a sense of hope that evil can be conquered through sacrificial love, and that all of us, women included, can play a part.

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Are supervised injecting centres ethical?

Thursday, 8 June 2017
 | Ethos editor

The Victorian State Government has established an inquiry to look at a proposal for a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) in Richmond. We present arguments for and against this proposal from ACL and UnitingCare, and a discussion around the ethical issues by Ethos' Gordon Preece.

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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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