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how will our bodies be put back together? what about those eaten by cannibals? a brief history of christian resurrection beliefs

How will our bodies be put back together? What about those eaten by cannibals?...

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        Picture: Stefan Lochner, Last Judgement, circa 1435. Wikimedia Commons Easter celebrates the Christian belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. In so doing, he overcame sin and death on behalf of all of us. The...
the altar boys: new questions about suicides of clergy abuse survivors should spark another inquiry

The Altar Boys: new questions about suicides of clergy abuse survivors should spark another...

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Picture: DANIEL POCKETT/AAP Investigative journalist Suzie Smith’s new book The Altar Boys is a searing read that raises new questions about the suicides of three former victims of Catholic clergy child sexual abuse. Smith, a former award-winning...
denied full participation, catholic women mobilise for change

Denied full participation, Catholic women mobilise for change

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Image: Shuttlecock Women still make up the majority of the Catholic workforce and Catholic congregations, but their participation in church life is in decline. Indeed, each generation of Catholic women in Australia is less likely than the previous one to attend...
government’s religious discrimination bill enshrines the right to harm others in the name of faith

Government’s religious discrimination bill enshrines the right to harm others in the name of...

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A bill that allows harm. Bianca de Marchi/AAP Submissions on the second version Christian Porter’s religious discrimination bill are closed, and we await the verdict. The first version of the bill was widely criticised for going too far,...
from virgin births to purity movements: christians and their problem with sex

From virgin births to purity movements: Christians and their problem with sex

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Image:Wes Mountain It took 400 years, but sometime in the early fifth century Christians transformed a tradition about Jesus’s miraculous virgin birth into a doctrine that inextricably connected sex with sin. It has plagued...
evangelical churches believe men should control women. that’s why they breed domestic violence

Evangelical churches believe men should control women. That’s why they breed domestic violence

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Evangelical church teachings create fertile ground for domestic violence, its justification and its concealment. Image: Shutterstock Jane* was a member of Australia’s evangelical Christian community, and throughout her marriage she heard many sermons on...
islamophobic attacks mostly happen in public. here’s what you can do if you see it or experience it

Islamophobic attacks mostly happen in public. Here’s what you can do if you see...

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Picture by Muhammad Ruqiyaddin/Unsplash The second Islamophobia in Australia Report launched last month, in the same week a graphic video showing a pregnant Muslim woman being punched and stomped on circulated widely on social media. Earlier in...
thoughts and prayers: miracles, christianity and praying for rain

Thoughts and prayers: miracles, Christianity and praying for rain

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Can prayers bring rain to drought-stricken parts of the country? Our prime mInister hopes so. Sam Mooy/AAP In a speech in Albury last month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told his audience that he was praying for...
the biggest hurdle for the coalition’s religious discrimination bill: how to define ‘religion’

The biggest hurdle for the Coalition’s religious discrimination bill: how to define ‘religion’

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The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils says the bill doesn’t go far enough to protect religious minorities in an increasingly intolerant society. Dan Himbrechts/AAP The Coalition government’s proposed religious discrimination bill has been criticised for the potential...
religious discrimination bill is a mess that risks privileging people of faith above all others

Religious Discrimination Bill is a mess that risks privileging people of faith above all...

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If this bill had been law when Rugby Australia sacked Israel Folau, he might have chosen to pursue a federal discrimination case. Joel Carrett/AAP The federal government released its draft Religious Discrimination Bill Friday. The idea...