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Religious schools and LGBTI rights: a delicate balance

Tuesday, 23 July 2019
 | Scott Buchanan

Should a faith-based school be permitted to distinguish between teaching staff on the basis of, say, sexual proclivity? Or does such permission implicitly endorse decisions that are manifestly cruel and bigoted?

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Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act: a bag of unforeseen consequences

Tuesday, 23 July 2019
 | John Buchanan

Should the Victorian model of assisted suicide and euthanasia be extended to other States, as is now being considered? The State’s Assisted Dying Act is deeply flawed, with loose criteria and insufficient protections. And evidence from other countries points to the potential for abuse and harm.

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Practical and ethical implications of hell. Part III: Universalism through Christ: a hopeful future starting now

Friday, 5 July 2019
 | Tony Golsby-Smith

How we see the future will influence how we see and act in the present. The church's obsession with heaven and hell has distorted its ability to imagine and declare a great future for God’s creation. A Universalist eschatological vision would shine a sense of wonder and hope over the world around us and radically change the way we live.

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Spiritual Disciplines and Working

Thursday, 4 July 2019
 | Kara Martin

Our work matters to God and has intrinsic value. There is no sacred-spiritual divide - our work is an expression of our worship of God and is a sacred activity. We can be spiritually formed for work by developing spiritual disciplines that we can practice in the workplace.

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Eating more peaceably: the Christian ethics of eating animals

Wednesday, 3 July 2019
 | Jessica Morthorpe

David Clough suggests that for humans to be ‘in the image of God’ means for us to have the responsibility of imaging God to other creatures. We are called to show them what God is like in how we treat them. What does this look like in practice?

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The Aged Care Sector: breaking the rules well

Friday, 7 June 2019
 | Karly Michelle Edgar

Our care for the vulnerable demonstrates our understanding of the imago Dei. The aged care sector needs people trained to think deeply about the value of human life and about how to demonstrate respect in everything they do. And sometimes the most respect we can offer someone is to break the rules well for them.

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Why I’m happy when house prices fall

Wednesday, 24 April 2019
 | Jon Eastgate

The Australian housing market has increasingly favoured the wealthy. Now house prices are falling, and we are swamped with worried faces and scare campaigns. Yet the number of homeless continues to grow. As Christians, how are we to make sense of this, and how should we respond?

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Israel Folau, the world has already heard about God’s judgment. What about his grace?

Wednesday, 24 April 2019
 | Cheryl McGrath

An image that tells LGBTI people that ‘hell awaits them’ looks like God has already made up his mind about you, whatever you do. Yet it leaves out half the equation - that we are all under condemnation without grace. Israel Folau’s boldness wasn’t matched by his wisdom.

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Work and Faith: the prophetic imperative. A response to Graham Hooper

Wednesday, 10 April 2019
 | Brendan Byrne

The prophetic task of Christian theology involves more than smoothing out the ‘rough edges’ of economics, ‘humanising’ work or enabling people to ‘succeed’ within the prevailing economic order. Any theology of work must reflect on the systemic justice issues that demean workers. What does this look like in practice?

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Scott Morrison’s Liberal Secularism: is it a good or a bad idea?

Thursday, 4 April 2019
 | Paul Tyson

The pragmatic pursuit of personal wealth and national security are central to Mr Morrison's politics, making us prone to being callous and fearful towards the poor and the alien. And yet, Mr Morrison has deep personal moral and religious convictions. This paradox raises very demanding questions about the relationship between faith and power.

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