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Human Flourishing or the Sovereignty of Self? A biblical reflection on identity

Wednesday, 27 December 2023
 | Xin Ying Cheryl Lim

While increasing wealth, global economic development and ease of living form the pillars of human wellbeing in modern developed society, the juxtaposition of increasing mental health issues and suicide, ecological desecration and systemic oppression of the vulnerable threaten to cause these haughty foundations to come crumbling down. What does the Bible say to such a shallow, deluded and esoteric understanding of human flourishing? This paper explores how the understanding of human wellbeing in the Global North – particularly in affluent middle-class Australia – is far removed from a biblical view. It would be helpful to begin by exploring what the Bible has to say about human flourishing.

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Hearing a Generous Voice

Monday, 11 September 2023
 | Andrew Errington

We have been invited to respond to a Statement spoken from the heart by changing the Constitution. We cannot assume an invitation of such grace and hopefulness will be extended again. To vote ‘yes’ is to say that, though the proposed change may not be perfect, it is good enough; and this is the opportunity we have been given to make a change to the Constitution of Australia in response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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Cultivating a plant theology for the whole world

Monday, 21 August 2023
 | Danielle Terceiro

It is time for human voices to fall a little silent and to appreciate anew our kinship with plants. In this, we have much to learn from sci-fi fiction, scientific thinking and the early church.

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Tozer meets Fénelon: a dialogue across the centuries

Tuesday, 15 June 2021
 | Rex Dale

A.W. Tozer and François Fénelon lived centuries apart. Yet both writers came to similar conclusions about challenges facing believers and showed a way through. What can we learn from them today?

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Trump abolishes reality: reflections on the ideological mechanism

Friday, 30 October 2020
 | Yarkov Halik

The Trump presidency illustrates what happens when ideology abolishes reality, when there is an absence of any fixed rules and when there is no such thing as success or failure. President Trump can do no wrong by his followers because whatever he does or says is never subject to any test of real performance - thus any kind of criticism, positive or negative, is effectively forestalled.

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Justice for Black Lives: a Biblical perspective

Wednesday, 9 September 2020
 | Yarkov Halik

The Black Lives Matter protestors have mobilised around a sense of moral outrage over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. However an understanding of the distinction between politics and justice, law and ethics, while seemingly a subtle one, is crucial if anything beneficial is to come out of these events.

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Social distancing as theological action in the time of CoVid-19

Thursday, 27 August 2020
 | Guerin Tueno

As the world grapples with the impact of CoVid-19, the Church too has wrestled with its current practices and underlying theological framework. The pandemic is an opportunity for us to re-embrace our dual identity as alien residents, following the radical way of Christ himself and his call to agape love.

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Life, biology and the politics of lockdown: a biblical view

Wednesday, 12 August 2020
 | Yarkov Halik

What does the latest lockdown in Victoria say about our conception of human life and society? Apart from being a medical response to the virus, the lockdown reflects a regulatory philosophy of government and presupposes a biological conception of the human being as a self-preserving living animal - a far cry from the Monotheist vision of humanity.

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Religious Perspectives on Human Rights

Tuesday, 5 May 2020
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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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Responsible Dominion

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 2853.9 KB

A Christian Approach to Sustainable Development: This is chapter one of Ian Hore-Lacy’s new book published by Regent College Publishing, reproduced here by permission and obtainable from Christian bookshopsdownload pdf

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The State of the Christian Cause in Australia

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 53.8 KB

A paper prepared for the Australia’s Christian Heritage National Conference, at the invitation of Professor Stuart Piggin.download pdf

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A Toolkit of Studies about Christians and Culture

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 291.3 KB

Contemporary culture throws up perplexing questions. National issues like participation in war, about workplace changes, gender and sexuality issues, create anxiety. Where can we find in our Christian lives, the resources and incentives to enter the public debate over these issues? Can the Bible help us understand the issues and formulate a response? We believe it can. The Toolkit of Studies has been designed by the Newbigin Group, a group of Melbourne evangelical Christians with an interest in public issues. They have expertise in education, disability, development, health and science and their life and work continue to be illuminated and challenged by gospel questions. The toolkit is not aiming to make it any easier to decide on the right Christian opinion on particular issues. - Using Biblical material, it will trace the wider dimensions of the gospel story. - It will suggest ways of applying a gospel framework to our public lives. The kit is designed for groups, trusting that gatherings of Christians meeting together to seek more faithful lives, provide the right setting to wrestle with work and life-place questions. This kit is therefore suitable for home groups or for small groups at church camps.download pdf

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Common Belief

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 176.9 KB

A review of nine Australian, Christian statements on climate change.download pdf

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Gospel and Industrial Relations

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 52.5 KB

This is the extended version of Brian Edgar’s article ‘The Top Five Reasons For Not Preaching about Industrial Relations’ as published in an issue of the EA magazine ‘Working Together’. This web version includes a final section with a response to the industrial relations situation.download pdf

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Don't mention politics

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 52.5 KB

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God, Katrina and judgement

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 34.3 KB

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Intelligent Design: controversy over God, science and schools

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 84.6 KB

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Should Australia's overseas aid be given 'to advance Australia's national interests'?

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 45.9 KB

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The RU486 Dilemma

Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 111.7 KB

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