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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

5 things to know about the traditional Christian doctrine of hell

Luca Signorelli, The Damned Cast into Hell, 1499-1504, a, fresco in Orvieto Cathedral, Italy. Wikimedia Commons Martyn Iles, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, dodged the question this week when asked by Lisa...

What and where is heaven? The answers are at the heart of the Easter...

Drawing by Wes Mountain My pious Baptist grandmother once shockingly confessed, at the ripe old age of 93, that she didn’t want to go to heaven. “Why,” we asked? “Well, I think it will...

#MeToo catches up with spiritual healers: the case of Brazil’s John of God

Hundreds of women have accused John of God of   sexual assault. 60 minutes screenshot We’ve seen countless spiritual leaders and religious institutions embroiled in sexual abuse scandals around the globe. Most people are familiar...

From refugees to social media to pill testing, church signs are getting political

Billboard outside St Andrew’s Presbyterian, Murwillumbah, NSW 2018. Louise Moana Kolff, Author provided In recent times, church signs have become a stage for political commentary. In an age where most of our public debates happen digitally,...
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Sunday essay: popular music’s search for the sacred in a secular world

Nick Cave performing with The Bad Seeds in Budapest in June, His song lyrics, with those often melancholy, churchy organ chords, are dripping in references to what might be called sacredness.  Zoltan Balogh/EPA One...
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Explainer: what is Pentecostalism, and how might it influence Scott Morrison’s politics?

The deeply religious Scott Morrison is Australia’s first Pentecostal prime minister. Mick Tsikas/AAP Since Scott Morrison became prime minister last month, much has been made about his religious beliefs and the impact they are...