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Religious Perspectives on Human Rights

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

In 2019, the Centre for Religion and Social Policy at the University of Divinity (now the Religion and Social Policy Network) hosted a Religious Perspectives on Human Rights roundtable. Here we are publishing the papers from that conversation. These papers will also appear in the Spring 2020 issue of Zadok.

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The Israel Folau ‘Controversy’: A Study in Corporate Censorship and Capitalist Hypocrisy

Monday, 24 February 2020
 | Brendan Byrne

In the midst of the ‘Israel Folau controversy’, there is a much larger and much more dangerous issue going unnoticed: the extent to which corporate and institutional prerogatives have invaded and occupied the whole sphere of human life. This danger is being disguised under the trappings of ‘corporate social responsibility’, but in reality exploits social tensions for commercial self-interest.

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Religious Freedom, Love and Diversity

Wednesday, 7 August 2019
 | Jon Eastgate

In the debate around same-sex marriage and religious freedom, it’s easy to become defensive in this environment and to try to place protections around ourselves. Three widely publicised cases raise the question: are we prepared to grant others the rights we seek for ourselves? And how do our words and actions impact on others?

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God the Intimate Interventionist: a dialogue between Nick Cave and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Friday, 26 July 2019
 | Gordon Preece

Nick Cave, the great Australian gothic rock artist, writes songs that are God-bothering and bothered. But his line ‘I don’t believe in an interventionist God’ - along with REM’s ‘Losing my Religion’ - has been misunderstood by Christians and atheists alike.

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Friedrich Nietzsche and the ‘death of God’

Thursday, 21 June 2018
 | Rex Dale

Nietzsche argued that, if God was dead, then our morals and value system would require a rigorous reordering. Nietzsche’s thinking was shaped, among other things, by the early death of his father, a Christian minister. But what finally tipped Nietzsche over the edge, leading him to assail Christianity in such contemptuous terms?

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Religious Freedom and Neighbourly Love

Thursday, 17 May 2018
 | Emma Wood

During the 2017 same-sex marriage debate, many Christians were concerned about the impact of potential changes on religious freedom. While some saw this as an annoying and unloving distraction from the real issue, the concern about religious freedom often arises from a desire for the wellbeing of others and the welfare of our society.

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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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Climate Change

Monday, 7 May 2012 | 55.6 KB

EA’s statement on climate change, examining the Biblical, ethical, social, scientific and economic issues associated with climate pdf


Comments on Supreme Court judgement on religious vilification

Monday, 7 May 2012 | 18.6 KB

A Supreme Court ruling in favour of an appeal by Catch the Fire Ministries will force the much disputed case back for pdf

AEA Public Theology Submission to the 'Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century' Project

Monday, 7 May 2012 | 99.0 KB

The Australian Human Rights Commission has commissioned the Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) in association with RMIT University and Monash University to prepare a report on Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century. According to the website (, "This project is designed to work with faith communities and other civil society organisations to record their concerns and proposed solutions to build a more socially cohesive and harmonious society that protects and promotes Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)." AEA Public Theology and the Religious Liberty Commission both made submissions. Click below to read the Public Theology pdf


Human Scale and Human Pace: Thinking about Everyday Technology

Monday, 7 May 2012 | 19.2 KB

Ian Packer explores our relationship with television as an example of 'everyday technology'.download pdf


The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 90.1 KB

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Indigenous issues @ the Commonwealth Games

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 14.3 KB

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Climate Change – Problem or Opportunity?

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 311.4 KB

Climate Change – Problem or Opportunity? Meteorologist Mick Pope and theologian Brian Edgar discuss the reality and the implications of climate changedownload pdf


Re-presenting Jesus

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 68.7 KB

Public Christianity in a late modern world by Ian Barns is a comprehensive and stimulating analysis of the way that Christian faith is understood in contemporary Australian pdf


Christ and Multiculturalism

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 61.4 KB

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Contemporary Youth Spiritualities and Evangelical Youth Ministry

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 120.7 KB

Contemporary Youth Spiritualities and Evangelical Youth Ministry by Paul Tyson is vital reading for anyone interested in the future of faith among young people in Australiadownload pdf


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