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Forgiveness after evil: is it possible?

Friday, 27 April 2018
 | John Steward

Forgiveness is the heart of our faith. In Rwanda I learnt what true forgiveness means: inviting the offender to choose justice that is restorative, not punitive; and towards healing and the possibility of reconciliation – the point where two enemies may face each other and meet in the middle.

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Resisting Evil: An Apocalyptic Model

Friday, 23 March 2018
 | Robyn Whitaker

The Book of Revelation reminds us that evil is an ancient, communal, systematic force found primarily in unjust institutions, both secular and religious. As disciples of Christ, we need to discern, name and expose evil. We cannot spiritually worship on Sunday while ignoring injustice, nor can we be social justice advocates without witness to and worship of God.

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Civilisation on Trial: Prospects for Sustainable Prosperity and Global Equality

Monday, 5 February 2018
 | Ross Garnaut

We have discovered that the cost of alternative energy is, in the end, lower than the cost of traditional energy. But will we have the policies that support the rapid introduction of the technology that will ensure economic growth that is consistent with climate stability? The technologies are there and the policies are available, but established interests are resisting that change.

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Demand for prostitution is not inevitable

Monday, 11 December 2017
 | Andrea Tokaji

The gravest human right violation in our world today is slavery – and the most abhorrent form of slavery is sexual exploitation. If Australia is serious about eradicating modern day slavery and ending the exploitation of women in prostitution, it should adopt the Nordic model of removing criminal sanctions for all those who are bought and sold for sex, and support criminal sanctions for those who buy and sell others for sex.

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The Liberal Party, same-sex marriage and freedom of conscience: a case of false promises?

Monday, 23 October 2017
 | Scott Buchanan

While the Liberal Party is (marginally) more likely than the ALP to ensure religious freedom, their proposed concessions are limited only to institutional religion, with minimal concessions to those in the wedding industry. The assumptions underlying Senator Smith’s bill are riddled with false conceptions, fallacious elisions and inconsistencies. The bill fails to properly capture the meaning and scope of religion, whilst saying nothing at all about other (non-religious) forms of opposition to SSM.

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Is orientation an Evangelical argument for same-sex marriage?

Wednesday, 18 October 2017
 | Nigel Chapman

Most Evangelical discussions of same-sex marriage ignore same-sex orientation, both in politics and in theology. But if we look at orientation and marriage together, we find it doesn't match the reasons for the Bible's moral condemnations of same-sex relations. This is surprising. It illuminates our difficulties with orientation and it fundamentally changes our arguments about nature and marriage. Reexamining these arguments suggests that we should view a same sex marriage of two same-sex oriented Evangelicals as a biblical marriage, and believe that God does too.

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Review of David P. Gushee, Changing our Minds

Wednesday, 4 October 2017
 | Gordon Preece

David Gushee, like many, has changed his mind on same-sex marriage through ‘transformative encounters’. But while he engages with the pastoral and theological issues with honesty and integrity, his conclusions are flawed because they are based on an insufficiently integrated reading of Scripture that misses the foundational nature of creational sexual difference.

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God Knows: Our Beginning and End When We Don’t Know

Sunday, 24 September 2017
 | Gordon Preece

We often define people and their human dignity according to their rational and relational assets and activity, or even their relational capacity. But our dignity does not reside in any human function, or even in our knowing God, but in being known by God.

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Rescuing Revelation

Monday, 10 July 2017
 | Michael Bull

Revelation is not about the end of the world, but the end of a covenant era – the Old Covenant. Once it is understood in its historical and ‘covenant’ context, it is rescued from the obscurity of the ‘fringe’ of biblical studies and allowed to shine as one of the most insightful, enlightening and practical books of the Bible.

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Representing Jesus

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 81.3 KB

Ian Barns discusses the Christian understanding of a secular societydownload pdf


New Assessment of the Lockhart Review

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 111.8 KB

An assessment of the Lockhart Committee Review on embryo experimentation recognises the benefits of stem cell research, but argues that the Report errs in finding that the value of the human embryo is to be derived from the intention of the clinician. The assessment also includes a much broader analysis of the parameters of the whole notion of the significance of a technological approach to human lifedownload pdf


Fiction and History in the Da Vinci Code

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 41.4 KB

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Nurturing Justice 7 (2010) September 20th

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 0.0 KB

Nurturing Justice 7 has been revised in response to the announcement of the Prime Minister of the opportunity of a conscience vote on the matter that is raised by the Federal Government's blocking of "voluntary euthanasia" laws in the territories and states. It is further evidence of the urgent need to "nurture justice" in our own thinking about how we "do politics". How do we understand the nature and limits of party discipline, conscience votes, the representative's loyalty to electors as well as the elector's ongoing trust in our political pdf


Faith and Community 1-09 (February 2009) now on-line

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 331.3 KB

Click the title to download the latest Faith and Community. If you would like to be notified of new editions of Faith and Community or Engage.mail, please email Ian Packer at This issue contains Australian reflections on 'prophecy and politics' and the 'Evangelical Manifesto.'download pdf


A National Agenda for Religious Freedom

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 325.9 KB

A paper by Professor Patrick Parkinson, University of Sydney. "People of faith have numerous concerns about threats to religious freedom in Australia, both at state and federal levels, deriving from an attitude of hostility towards religious belief, morals and practice among some in the Australian population. Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right. It is guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other international instruments in the clearest and strongest terms."download pdf


Jesus for Prime Minister?

Friday, 20 August 2010 | 91.1 KB

Jarrod McKenna of World Vision and EPYC on 'the politics of Jesus'download pdf


Vote of Confidence? Problems with the Election Process and Christian Electoral Propaganda

Friday, 20 August 2010 | 147.3 KB

Gordon Preece reflects upon the election campaign and process along with critique of some Christian responsesdownload pdf


Why I Don't Vote

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 | 50.5 KB

*NEW* Simon Moyle explains why he does not votedownload pdf


The Climate Gap

Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 132.5 KB

Brian Edgar interacts with the recently released Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and reviews a number of key 'gaps' with regard to the world's greatest environmental issue": the Emissions Gap, the Effect Gap, the Growth Gap, the Moral Gap, the Policy Gap, the Language Gap, and the Opportunity pdf


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