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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...
george pell has lost his appeal. what did the court decide and what happens now?

George Pell has lost his appeal. What did the court decide and what happens...

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George Pell’s appeal on child sexual abuse convictions has been dismissed. AAP/Erik Anderson Victoria’s Court of Appeal today delivered one of the most significant judgments in Australian legal history, dismissing Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against convictions for five...
the melbourne archbishop said he’d rather go to jail than break confession confidentiality. a new bill could send him there

The Melbourne archbishop said he’d rather go to jail than break confession confidentiality. A...

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Child Protection Minister Luke Donnellan said he would prosecute the state’s most senior Catholic, Peter Comensoli, if he doesn’t report suspected child abuse. AAP Image/Daniel Pockett Yesterday, Victorian Parliament finally debated a bill on whether religious ministers...
the christian right’s efforts to transform society

The Christian right’s efforts to transform society

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer at the Calgary Stampede on July 6. Groups associated with the Christian right are expected to support his political party in the October elections. The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh The battle now raging...

5 things to know about the traditional Christian doctrine of hell

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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...