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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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Indigenous Policy - Federal Intervention in the Northern Territory: A Reading and Resource Guide

Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 143.1 KB

The Commonwealth Government’s intervention in indigenous communities in the Northern Territory has resulted in substantial debate, not only across the Australian community, but also within the Christian churches in a variety of denominations. Doug Hynd provides an interim report in the form of a resource guide to enable people to become better informed and would help provide the basis for a substantive contribution by the Christian community on the issues at pdf


Indigenous Policies

Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 103.7 KB

Mark Brett looks at one of the less visible issues of election after election---yet one which demands our pdf


'Don't Vote for Christians!'

Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 95.9 KB

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Are 'Australian Values' Christian 'Values'?

Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 243.2 KB

Greg Clarke looks at the language of 'Australian values' as it appears in our contemporary political discoursedownload pdf


A Comparison of Party 'Values'

Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 173.1 KB

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