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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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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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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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