Category Archives: Religion and Society

The Thousand Ways Bureaucracy Removes Hope

The conditions on Mannus Island and Nauru have been well documented, and it seems as though the sentiment of the Australian people has changed from ‘Lock ‘em up! Stop the people smugglers’ to “It is terrible that we punish one … Continue reading

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Religious Discrimination, Money, Schools, And Conformity

  This week, the ‘Ruddock Report’ into religious discrimination has been released. I am writing before this happens, but the airwaves have been full of discussion about what it will mean.   Here is what I can glean so far. … Continue reading

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Elections, The Public Good and Christian Faith

The results of the election last Saturday sparked my interest. The thing is, that I have previously thought about what leads to the populism that is on the rise in the US and in Europe. The recent changes in the … Continue reading

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Being ‘Tough On Crime’: Being Christian. Some Models

The temperature has died down a bit recently, but one of the great themes of this state election has been ‘Law and Order’ ‘Crime’ and ‘African Gangs’.   When I was working as a Chaplain in the prison system, the … Continue reading

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On Being In The Pew At A Funeral

It is always interesting to swap roles from time to time. Recently I was at a funeral as a mourner, rather than as the celebrant, and so I was able to see how the conduct of a funeral might look … Continue reading

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Being Christian is not one thing or another, but how we re being transformed

Last week, I wrote about the motions (now passed) at the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney, about what is permissible on their Church property. So I looked up the motions, and made a response from my own source of … Continue reading

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