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English, Religion, 1 season, 557 episodes, 4 days, 10 hours, 22 minutes
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Religion: it’s at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain. Why are you here? What happens when you die? Does God matter? God Forbid seeks the answers.
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Kindness-A radical idea

Could kindness be an act of defiance or resistance?
6/20/202454 minutes, 7 seconds
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What does it mean to live in a multicultural society?

Over the COVID years, the Diversity Council Australia found one in two Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people experienced at least one incident of racial harassment or discrimination at work. Other studies have found racism to be a deeply set feature of our society.  
6/14/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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Population, Religion and the Environment

Today, 8 billion of us share this remarkable planet.  Yet there are declines in fertility rates across the globe. Demographers say this is more the rule than the exception. What's causing this decline, and can we do anything about it? And what about the planet? Where does it fit into this population debate?   
6/7/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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The fascinating phenomenon of consciousness

How is it that the physical brain can give rise to our subjective, intangible conscious experience? Why and how are we aware of being aware? It remains one of the great philosophical and scientific questions, and our God Forbid panel are here to discuss it.
5/31/202454 minutes, 8 seconds
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Spiritualism

More than half of Australians believe in life after death. Some even believe we can communicate with the dead.  In the nineteenth century, the Spiritualist movement claimed to speak with the dead through mediums and seances.This  American movement attracted many women; and at a time when they had few rights, Spiritualism gave women a voice as mediums who could take messages from the dead to the living. It used to have followers in the millions,  though the escape artist and illusionist Harry Houdini insisted they were frauds – and he lobbied the US Congress to ban the practice.So what made it so controversial and influential? And why do we remain intrigued by what happens – if anything - after we die? 
5/24/202454 minutes, 9 seconds
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Making peace

Freud said humans are instinctively aggressive, and as a result, war is inevitable.  But could peace be inevitable too?Today, there are more than 100 armed conflicts of one kind or another taking place around the world. In the first decade of this century – war killed around 20,000 people a year.  It’s now ten times that number,  and it’s happening around the world – it’s not just because of Gaza and Ukraine.  How do we make peace amid our instinct for war? And what can Australia do to dial down tensions? 
5/17/202454 minutes, 5 seconds
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The ethics of keeping pets

For much of human history, we’ve kept animals primarily to do jobs – to hunt, herd, plough and pull carriages... or just to keep mice out of the hay shed.The idea of keeping an animal as a "pet” - an emotional companion is relatively new.  And religion, it turns out, played a part in that historical shift.Of course, pets can enrich our lives, but how we breed, feed and keep these animals raises questions even for the most loving, well-meaning pet owners. It's a passionate issue, full of blurry lines and moral grey areas. But philosophy, religion and science offer some guidance. 
5/10/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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How do you mend a broken heart?

Falling in love is one of life’s great thrills, but it leaves you open to heartbreak – one of life’s great miseries.  Romantic heartbreak has inspired countless works of literature, art and music through the ages. It’s a uniquely painful yet universal experience – so, how do you get over it?Do science, faith and philosophy provide some answers?
5/3/202454 minutes, 7 seconds
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Will evangelical voters be Trump's salvation?

As the US election approaches, presidential candidate Donald Trump has been doubling down on the religious language - selling bibles, preaching retribution and styling himself as a persecuted saviour. Trump enjoys the support of the overwhelming majority of white evangelical voters, but will that be enough to return him to the White House?    Guests: D Stephen Long, theologian, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University Sarah McCammon, NPR Political Correspondent, author of Ex-vangelicals: Loving, Living and Leaving the White Evangelical ChurchDavid Smith, Associate Professor in American Politics and Foreign Policy at the United States Studies Centre, and the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney
4/26/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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Do religions die?

Today, billions of people adhere to one of the “Big Five” major religions, but there are many more religions from history that have died out. Conquests, cultural change and conversions have all caused religions to shift, shrink and disappear. But when can we truly declare a religion “dead”? And could the religions of today die out in the distant future? Guests: Aslan Pahari, Video presenter/producer, ABC Digital Content and Innovation Adam Bowles, Associate Professor in Asian Religions at the University of Queensland Carole Cusak, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Sydney 
4/19/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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Sawdust and the soul

Jesus was famously a carpenter, and many religious texts associate carpentry with wisdom, humility, and devotion. So, is there something divine about working with wood? Woodwork is the most ancient of crafts. It can offer both solitude and companionship, teach us lessons about patience and failure, and connect us to place, people and stories. Guests:Phoebe Everill, furniture maker and woodwork teacher from Drummond, Victoria Father Dan Groody, Associate Professor of Theology at Notre Dame, Indiana Barry Golding, Honorary Professor in adult and community education at Federation University, author of Shoulder to Shoulder: Broadening the Men’s Shed Movement
4/12/202453 minutes, 57 seconds
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Is religious discrimination law reform too difficult?

The federal government is unwilling to progress promised religious discrimination reforms unless it secures bipartisan support from the Coalition. Can a compromise be reached, or is this debate likely to be shelved again?  Guests:Chris Bedding, is Executive Officer of Faith Workers Alliance and a priest of the Anglican Church in PerthDavid Robertson, Presbyterian minister, director of the ASK project of Evangelism and New Churches of the Sydney Anglican dioceseDr. Renae Barker, lawyer and senior lecturer at the UWA Law School
4/5/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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No pain, no gain - why we make sacrifices

Why do we choose to endure hardship? Can sacrifices - sacred and secular - make us better human beings? Guests:Justine Toh, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity.  Adis Duderija, Senior Lecturer in the Study of Islam and Society in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University.  Brock Bastian, Professor at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences 
3/28/202454 minutes, 4 seconds
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Straying from strict parents

What is it like to grow up in a strict religious or cultural household - and what happens when you no longer agree with your parents’ worldview? Guests:David Newheiser, Senior Research Fellow, Religion and Theology, ACU, author of Hope in a Secular AgeLaura McConnell Conti, grew up in a fundamentalist Christian group known as The TruthProfessor Manjula Datta O’Connor, psychiatrist and author of Daughters of Durga: Dowries, Gender Violence and Family in Australia
3/22/202454 minutes, 7 seconds
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Poverty, welfare and the "dole bludger" pariah

The modern welfare state emerged in Australia some 100 years ago, but it remains a subject of intense ideological, philosophical and even religious debate.Guests:Verity Archer, ​​lecturer in social work, community and human services at Federation UniversityEve Vincent, anthropologist at Macquarie University, author of Who Cares? Life on Welfare in AustraliaJohn Falzon, Senior Fellow Inequality and Social Justice at the Per Capita think tank, former CEO of St Vincent De Paul Society Australia
3/15/202454 minutes, 8 seconds
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Is your privacy sacred?

Evolving digital technologies have supercharged our anxieties around privacy and surveillance. These concerns may feel new, but they have always existed. Privacy is central to human dignity, intimacy and wellbeing - but in a world of ever-evolving technologies - is privacy in its death throes? Guests: Anita Allen, Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Hugh Breakey, Professor of Philosophy, Griffith University David Vincent, Professor Emeritus, Open Universities UK, author of Privacy: A Short History 
3/8/202454 minutes, 8 seconds
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Why adults still need fairytales

For as long as we have had language, we have told stories - and some of the oldest stories, are fairytales. What can they teach us about the world, and why do they still appeal?Guests: Marguerite Johnson, classicist, historian and Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland.  Tom Wright, theatre writer and Artistic Associate at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney  Michelle Smith, Associate Professor in Literary Studies at Monash University  
3/1/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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Faith, disability and the trouble with healing

What would make religious spaces more accessible for people with disabilities?
2/23/202454 minutes, 8 seconds
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What does it mean to be clean?

Cleansing rituals are a part of every major religion – from baptisms to Islamic Wudu, to bathing in sacred rivers. Where do these rituals come from and what do they mean to the faithful? 
2/16/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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Holy bones: the enduring power of relics

From the sacred remains of saints to the revered memorabilia of celebrities and  sporting stars, relics are objects that act as a kind of a bridge between the material and spiritual world.  But why do religious and non-religious people alike gather to venerate these objects? Is it macabre, superstitious, or simply human?  
2/9/202454 minutes, 4 seconds
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The ethics of surrogacy

Surrogacy – carrying and giving birth to a baby for someone else – has been around at least since biblical times. But as the industry and fertility science advances, Christians and feminists remain divided on the issue.  
2/2/202454 minutes, 10 seconds
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The spirituality of fishing

Religion: it’s at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain.
1/26/202454 minutes, 5 seconds
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Summer: Love from ancient to modern times

Love feels the same now as thousands of years ago, yet the rules around it are changing. On God Forbid, join James Carleton and the panel as they explore love in ancient times, to romance and dating today.
1/19/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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Summer: The mystery of creativity

Exactly where do ideas and creative inspiration come from? ANd how do we explain when someone is 'blocked'; when the creative line goes dead? And what can be done about it?
1/12/202454 minutes, 4 seconds
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Summer: suffering, solitude and solace on the trail

Where we are really going when we walk or run – is it about finding the post-pain pleasure of endurance, or perhaps something more: self-awareness, meaning, or even wisdom? 
1/5/202454 minutes, 4 seconds
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Summer: The rise of the shamans

More of us in the West are seeking the help of shamans and psychedelic medicines. But why? And do they help?
12/29/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Summer: The ethical concerns and religious rules around eating meat

What do Buddhism, Christianity and Islam say about eating meat? And how do believers navigate ethical concerns around the farming, exporting and slaughter of animals? 
12/22/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Talking truth to children

Is it ok to lie to kids in order to protect them from harmful truths? And how can we raise them to be resilient, intellectually-critical adults?
12/15/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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What have we got right and wrong in our schooling system?

Debates about funding and faith in schools has long been bitter and divisive in Australian history, and it continues until this day. So what makes a good school? And do schools help or hurt in the quest for the Aussie fair go?
12/8/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Old pride, old prejudice – ageing and living well

Our youth obsessed culture is so pervasive that even calling someone an old woman or an old man can carry a negative meaning – but why should it? Old age can be the time when you find your most authentic self and the key to living well. 
12/1/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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100 years of reporting on religion

Australia's religious landscape is complex and changing, so how should religion be reported on in the 21st century? As RN celebrates its 100th birthday, the panel reflects on what good religion reporting takes in an era of fake news, Tik Tok journalism and mainstream media distrust.
11/24/202354 minutes, 9 seconds
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The cultural and scientific mystery of sleep

It was an ancient preoccupation, and now it's a modern obsession. So how has something as universal as sleep remained so mysterious? And what can the cultural and religious history of sleep, dreaming and insomnia teach us today?
11/17/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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How should we view our relationship to work?

Many people find purpose, value, and joy in work – even if it's not a dream job. But on the flip side, many are repelled by the hustle culture and burnout that comes from increased casualisation, unpaid overtime and labour shortages. On God Forbid we explore how, when, and why we work.
11/10/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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The fascinating phenomenon of consciousness

How is it that the physical brain can give rise to our subjective, intangible conscious experience? Why and how are we aware of being aware? It remains one of the great philosophical and scientific questions, and our God Forbid panel are here to discuss it.
11/3/202354 minutes, 9 seconds
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The seen and unseen: Belief in Jinns, Marian apparitions and Japanese yokai

You might think our belief in monsters is dead or dying – a superstitious relic. But regardless of the place on earth, or time in history, people say they see strange apparitions and ghostly figures. And as for things unseen, even more profess a belief in genies, spirits, angels and supernatural entities. 
10/27/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why the Middle Ages are still relevant today

How can a better understanding of what actually happened in a rapidly changing Europe and Middle East, 500 to 1,000 years ago, help us navigate complexities in the world today?
10/20/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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Addiction, God, and the origin of the twelve steps

When it comes to addiction, why does the twelve step program work brilliantly for some, and fail miserably for others? And what are the spiritual roots of the program? 
10/13/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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We know magic isn't real, so why does it still fascinate us?

Magic as we know it today is performance art, harmless entertainment –  from Penn and Teller to Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield to Harry Houdini. But, magic, past and present, is stranger, richer and more complex than you imagine.
10/6/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Government and God: The blurring lines between theocracies and democracies

The rise of religious populism, and rejection of secularism, means the old demarcations of theocratic and secular, democratic and dictatorial are blurring. So what does it mean for the citizens living under these hybrid forms of government?
9/29/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Kosher or carbon? The ethical concerns and religious rules around eating meat

What do Buddhism, Christianity and Islam say about eating meat? And how do believers navigate the ethical concerns around the farming, exporting and slaughter of animals? 
9/22/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Love from ancient to modern times

Love feels the same now as thousands of years ago, yet the rules around it are changing. On God Forbid, join James Carleton and the panel as they explore love in ancient times, to romance and dating today.
9/15/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Religion as a weapon and shield in modern warfare

Is there a religious aspect to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? What are the ethics of an autonomous weapon killing a human? Do mercenary groups believe in the principles of 'Just War'? And where is ISIS?
9/8/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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JRR Tolkien's religious legacy

On the 50th anniversary of JRR Tolkien’s death, we take a closer look at how Catholicism influenced his writing, his relationship with God, and the wondrous cosmos he created in his legendary stories.
9/1/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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Minority religions and their beliefs

What do Jains, Zoroastrians and Baha'is believe? – We explore beliefs, history and rituals, to the challenges facing their communities today.
8/25/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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Is TikTok the new religious pulpit?

Spirituality on social media: How TikTok is changing the way we engage with religion
8/18/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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The history of God

Just what did God look like and how did he lose his bodily self?
8/11/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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The history of God

Just what did God look like and how did he lose his bodily self?
8/11/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Who should teach our kids about sex?

There’s been a battle going on over when, how, or even if, our children should be taught about sex and sexuality in schools.
8/4/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Who should teach our kids about sex?

There’s been a battle going on over when, how, or even if, our children should be taught about sex and sexuality in schools.
8/4/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Breaking the dinner table taboo topic: religion and politics

Is Australia a secular state, where religion is truly separate from politics?  If not - should it be? Is Australia a secular state, where religion is truly separate from politics? 
7/28/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Breaking the dinner table taboo topic: religion and politics

Is Australia a secular state, where religion is truly separate from politics? 
7/28/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Breaking the dinner table taboo topic: religion and politics

Is Australia a secular state, where religion is truly separate from politics? 
7/28/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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How Godly is money?

Can we be truly religious and wealthy at the same time?
7/21/202354 minutes, 2 seconds
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How Godly is money?

Can we be truly religious and wealthy at the same time?
7/21/202354 minutes, 2 seconds
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Modding our bodies in the name of God

For RN's Flesh week, a look at Sikh hair practices and Jewish circumcision.
7/14/202353 minutes, 55 seconds
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Modding our bodies in the name of God

For RN's Flesh week, a look at Sikh hair practices and Jewish circumcision.
7/14/202353 minutes, 55 seconds
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Religion and prejudice

Is organised religion predisposed to discrimination?
7/7/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Religion and prejudice

Is organised religion predisposed to discrimination?
7/7/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Does comedy use religion as a punchline or punching bag?

There's a long history of comedians making jokes about religion, but where is the line drawn between offensive and funny?
6/30/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Does comedy use religion as a punchline or punching bag?

There's a long history of comedians making jokes about religion, but where is the line drawn between offensive and funny?
6/30/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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End Stage: Lessons at the end of life

Religion: it’s at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain.
6/23/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Lessons at the end of life

An acclaimed poet and an Anglican minister discuss being up close and personal with death, and the lessons it taught them about time, the value of care, and life itself. 
6/23/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Can reading save us?

In a world where everything is screaming for our attention, we find out how reading offers a refuge from distraction, nourishes us and feeds our souls.
6/16/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Can reading save us?

In a world where everything is screaming for our attention, we find out how reading offers a refuge from distraction, nourishes us and feeds our souls.
6/16/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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'Ghosting', deathbots, and rebirth in the digital age

Should we be worried about deathbots? Why does 'ghosting' cause so much grief? And, do our online personas go through reinvention — or reincarnation — in our search for relevance? This is part two in our series on the digital life span.
6/9/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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'Ghosting', deathbots, and rebirth in the digital age

Should we be worried about deathbots? Why does 'ghosting' cause so much grief? And, do our online personas go through reinvention — or reincarnation — in our search for relevance? This is part two in our series on the digital life span.
6/9/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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The ethics of mum influencers, TraumaTok, and 'authenticity' online 

Can 'authenticity' exist on Instagram? Is it OK for 'mumfluencers' to monetise their children? And why are teens turning to TikTok to share trauma stories? We're diving into the metaverse for a special two-part series on how we're memorialising our lives online. 
6/2/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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The ethics of mum influencers, TraumaTok, and 'authenticity' online 

Can 'authenticity' exist on Instagram? Is it OK for 'mumfluencers' to monetise their children? And why are teens turning to TikTok to share trauma stories? We're diving into the metaverse for a special two-part series on how we're memorialising our lives online. 
6/2/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Saving animals, saving ourselves

If repairing our long-fractured relationship with the animal world is the key to our survival, what is the way back?
5/26/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Saving animals, saving ourselves

If repairing our long-fractured relationship with the animal world is the key to our survival, what is the way back?
5/26/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hindu nationalism, Modi and the Australian Indian diaspora

Hindu nationalism, Modi and the Australian Indian diaspora
5/19/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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Hindu nationalism, Modi and the Australian Indian diaspora

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi last visited Australia in 2014, to much fanfare. Since then, major political and religious conflicts have played out in India, and within the Indian diaspora, over the rise of Hindu nationalism.
5/19/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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A defence of human work in the age of AI

One of the big promises of artificial intelligence was the supposed end to the drudgery of work. But the rapid advance of AI in the workplace has raised an urgent question: just who are we without the work we do?  If it turns out work is in fact an intrinsic part of our humanity, is there anything at all we can do to protect it? 
5/12/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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A defence of human work in the age of AI

One of the big promises of artificial intelligence was the supposed end to the drudgery of work. But the rapid advance of AI in the workplace has raised an urgent question: just who are we without the work we do?  If it turns out work is in fact an intrinsic part of our humanity, is there anything at all we can do to protect it? 
5/12/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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A defence of human work in the age of AI

One of the big promises of artificial intelligence was the supposed end to the drudgery of work. But the rapid advance of AI in the workplace has raised an urgent question: just who are we without the work we do?  If it turns out work is in fact an intrinsic part of our humanity, is there anything at all we can do to protect it? 
5/12/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Spiritual Summit

On God Forbid, we scale the spiritual mountain with a Buddhist nun and Anglican priest and ask, what really is the highest state that humans can reach? 
5/5/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Spiritual Summit

On God Forbid, we scale the spiritual mountain with a Buddhist nun and Anglican priest and ask, what really is the highest state that humans can reach? 
5/5/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Andrew Tate and the 'manosphere'

The 'manosphere' is an online network of misogynistic groups. Concerningly, their violent and demeaning messages about women are appealing to a section of young men. On God Forbid, we explore the manosphere and masculinity in the digital age.
4/28/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Andrew Tate and the 'manosphere'

The 'manosphere' is an online network of misogynistic groups. Concerningly, their violent and demeaning messages about women are appealing to a section of young men. On God Forbid, we explore the manosphere and masculinity in the digital age.
4/28/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Life after a religious upbringing

Does a religious childhood inspire an appetite for spirituality in adulthood, or aversion to doctrine, or some messy blend of the two?
4/21/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Life after a religious upbringing

Does a religious childhood inspire an appetite for spirituality in adulthood, or aversion to doctrine, or some messy blend of the two?
4/21/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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The gifts of neurodiversity

1 in 5 of us are in a neuro-minority. But stigma remains, along with deficit models in understanding neurodiversity. So how do we shift this thinking? And what can we learn from unique ways of seeing and being in the world?
4/13/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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The gifts of neurodiversity

One in five of us are in a neuro-minority. But stigma remains, along with deficit models in understanding neurodiversity. So how do we shift this thinking? And what can we learn from unique ways of seeing and being in the world?
4/13/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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The mystery of creativity

Exactly where do ideas and creative inspiration come from? And how do we explain when someone is 'blocked'; when the creative line goes dead? And what can be done about it?
4/6/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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The mystery of creativity

Exactly where do ideas and creative inspiration come from? And how do we explain when someone is 'blocked'; when the creative line goes dead? And what can be done about it?
4/6/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Great expectations: Millennials at mid-life

Three millennial comedians on growing older, meaning-making at mid-life and the case for optimism. 
3/31/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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Great expectations: Millennials at mid-life

Three millennial comedians on growing older, meaning-making at mid-life and the case for optimism. 
3/31/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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Daily Rituals — suffering, solitude and solace on the trail

Today's world of transportation means that planes, trains, cars, and electric scooters get us to our destination. Yet we still walk and run off our own steam – but often without destination. Not always for a clear goal, but for the journey itself. On God Forbid, join James Carleton and the panel for the final in our three-part series on daily rituals. They find out, where we are really going when we walk or run – is it about finding the post-pain pleasure of endurance, or perhaps something more: self-awareness, meaning, or even wisdom? 
3/23/20230
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Daily Rituals — suffering, solitude and solace on the trail

Today's world of transportation means that planes, trains, cars, and electric scooters get us to our destination. Yet we still walk and run off our own steam – but often without destination. Not always for a clear goal, but for the journey itself. On God Forbid, join James Carleton and the panel for the final in our three-part series on daily rituals. They find out, where we are really going when we walk or run – is it about finding the post-pain pleasure of endurance, or perhaps something more: self-awareness, meaning, or even wisdom? 
3/23/20230
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Daily Rituals — Fear, joy and recovery in the ocean

In Australia, the sea encapsulates more than the landmass but our culture, too
3/17/20230
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Daily Rituals — Fear, joy and recovery in the ocean

In Australia, the sea encapsulates more than the landmass but our culture, too
3/17/20230
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Daily Rituals — Why gardening is a journey of joy, frustration and healing

80 percent of Australian households have a garden. The ritual and journey of gardening can be frustrating, rewarding, and even awe inspiring. Yet for most, gardening is not a religious practice, despite how religiously some of us practice it. So then why do Australians spend so many hours and dollars on their gardens? Join James Carleton and the panel as they kick off daily rituals series, starting with the practice of gardening. 
3/9/20230
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Daily Rituals — Why gardening is a journey of joy, frustration and healing

80 percent of Australian households have a garden. The ritual and journey of gardening can be frustrating, rewarding, and even awe inspiring. Yet for most, gardening is not a religious practice, despite how religiously some of us practice it. So then why do Australians spend so many hours and dollars on their gardens? Join James Carleton and the panel as they kick off daily rituals series, starting with the practice of gardening. 
3/9/20230
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Protest and peace in Israel Palestine

This year, Israel marks its 75th birthday. But for nearly two months, there have not been celebrations, but mass protests across the Jewish state. It's been called the "Israeli spring" – triggered by December's election of Benjamin Netanyahu's government. And all this at a time when violence between Jews and Palestinians is increasing. On God Forbid, join James Carleton and our panellists visiting from the Holy Land, as they look at protest, and peace building in Israel. 
3/2/20230
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Protest and peace in Israel Palestine

This year, Israel marks its 75th birthday. But for nearly two months, there have not been celebrations, but mass protests across the Jewish state. It's been called the "Israeli spring" – triggered by December's election of Benjamin Netanyahu's government. And all this at a time when violence between Jews and Palestinians is increasing. On God Forbid, join James Carleton and our panellists visiting from the Holy Land, as they look at protest, and peace building in Israel. 
3/2/20230
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The ethics of intervening

Have we lost our appetite for intervening; of standing in the way of perceived wrongs?
2/24/20230
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The ethics of intervening

Have we lost our appetite for intervening; of standing in the way of perceived wrongs?
2/24/20230
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Towards Uncertainty

None of us are born religious fundamentalists, or political ideologues – so what are the conditions that lead us towards such unshakable positions? And once we do become rusted-on, dyed-in-the-wool, certain of our certainties – what is the way back?
2/17/20230
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Towards Uncertainty

None of us are born religious fundamentalists, or political ideologues – so what are the conditions that lead us towards such unshakable positions? And once we do become rusted-on, dyed-in-the-wool, certain of our certainties – what is the way back?
2/17/20230
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How can we age well?

It’s no secret the human species has been waging a long and costly war – and the enemy is ageing. So, what's at the heart of our pursuits to stay young; a love of life, or a fear of death? And if we deny the realities of growing old, does that mean we miss out on its benefits? On God Forbid, join James Carleton and the panel as they find out what it looks like to age well in a society preoccupied with looking young.
2/10/20230
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How can we age well?

It’s no secret the human species has been waging a long and costly war – and the enemy is ageing. So, what's at the heart of our pursuits to stay young; a love of life, or a fear of death? And if we deny the realities of growing old, does that mean we miss out on its benefits? On God Forbid, join James Carleton and the panel as they find out what it looks like to age well in a society preoccupied with looking young.
2/10/20230
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A famine of peace

From the bitter conflicts of Northern Ireland and Cambodia, to today's flammable politics of the United states, how do we find peace when it seems impossible?
2/3/20230
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A famine of peace

From the bitter conflicts of Northern Ireland and Cambodia, to today's flammable politics of the United states, how do we find peace when it seems impossible?
2/3/20230
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The rise of the shamans

More of us in the West are seeking the help of shamans and psychedelic medicines. But why? And do they help?
1/27/20230
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The rise of the shamans

More of us in the West are seeking the help of shamans and psychedelic medicines. But why? And do they help?
1/27/20230
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Is it time to declare a war on devices?

Specialists say screen and gaming disorders affect tens of thousands of Australian children. The issue has led several academics, child psychologists and psychiatrists to sign a joint statement calling for urgent government action. Still, there remains debate about whether 'tech addiction' is a genuine thing at all. Is it really time to declare a war on devices? Or should we just leave those kids alone? Join James Carleton and the God Forbid panel as they discuss tech, teenagers and device addiction.
1/19/20230
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Is it time to declare a war on devices?

Specialists say screen and gaming disorders affect tens of thousands of Australian children. The issue has led several academics, child psychologists and psychiatrists to sign a joint statement calling for urgent government action. Still, there remains debate about whether 'tech addiction' is a genuine thing at all. Is it really time to declare a war on devices? Or should we just leave those kids alone? Join James Carleton and the God Forbid panel as they discuss tech, teenagers and device addiction.
1/19/20230
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Dark humour — why do we laugh at things that aren't a laughing matter?

The famous psychiatrist and holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl, wrote that an outsider would be astonished to hear of the humour that existed in Auschwitz. He said humour was "the soul's weapons in the fight for self-preservation." But in today's era of cancel culture and comedy by committee, is the surest way to destroy a funny story to analyse it? And yet – analysis, light-hearted at least, is what we propose on this week's God Forbid. Join James Carleton and the panel as they wonder why we laugh at things that aren't a laughing matter, and where exactly, the boundary lines lie.
1/12/20230
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Dark humour — why do we laugh at things that aren't a laughing matter?

The famous psychiatrist and holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl, wrote that an outsider would be astonished to hear of the humour that existed in Auschwitz. He said humour was "the soul's weapons in the fight for self-preservation." But in today's era of cancel culture and comedy by committee, is the surest way to destroy a funny story to analyse it? And yet – analysis, light-hearted at least, is what we propose on this week's God Forbid. Join James Carleton and the panel as they wonder why we laugh at things that aren't a laughing matter, and where exactly, the boundary lines lie.
1/12/20230
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A leap of faith: from religious deconstruction to reconstruction

What does it mean to deconstruct one’s faith? What motivates someone to reassess their spiritual or religious path and dismantle their belief system? Is reconstruction also part of this process? On God Forbid this week, James Carleton and the panel tackle these questions and more as they look at the process, and the aftermath, of faith deconstruction.
1/5/20230
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A leap of faith: from religious deconstruction to reconstruction

What does it mean to deconstruct one’s faith? What motivates someone to reassess their spiritual or religious path and dismantle their belief system? Is reconstruction also part of this process? On God Forbid this week, James Carleton and the panel tackle these questions and more as they look at the process, and the aftermath, of faith deconstruction.
1/5/20230
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Addiction, recovery and hitting rock bottom

Often you'll hear the term "rock bottom" used in the world of addiction and recovery, like in the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. In fact, AA's Big Book, first published in 1953, says that few people will sincerely try to practice the AA program unless they have hit rock bottom. So is it true that you have to hit rock bottom before you can get better? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel take a look at addiction and recovery — the personal stories, and separating the myths from the facts.
12/29/20220
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Addiction, recovery and hitting rock bottom

Often you'll hear the term "rock bottom" used in the world of addiction and recovery, like in the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. In fact, AA's Big Book, first published in 1953, says that few people will sincerely try to practice the AA program unless they have hit rock bottom. So is it true that you have to hit rock bottom before you can get better? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel take a look at addiction and recovery — the personal stories, and separating the myths from the facts.
12/29/20220
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A prayer or a pill? Exploring mental health science and religion

There's a complex line between the science of mental health, the experience of spirituality, and practice of religion. All are distinct but so often interrelated. Is religion compatible with modern mental health science? Is your choice a prayer, or a pill? Join James Carleton and the panel as they look at the scientific, spiritual, cultural and personal aspects of mental health.
12/20/20220
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A prayer or a pill? Exploring mental health science and religion

There's a complex line between the science of mental health, the experience of spirituality, and practice of religion. All are distinct but so often interrelated. Is religion compatible with modern mental health science? Is your choice a prayer, or a pill? Join James Carleton and the panel as they look at the scientific, spiritual, cultural and personal aspects of mental health.
12/20/20220
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Conflict and peace building in Northern Ireland

This year Northern Ireland turned 100. And much like Australia day, many celebrate — but many have regrets too. There's a fragile peace in Northern Ireland, after 40 years of violence in the troubles, and challenges remain today: from Brexit to the dream of a united Ireland. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore questions of identity, conflict, religion, and peace in Northern Ireland — but with universal lessons.
12/17/20220
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Conflict and peace building in Northern Ireland

This year Northern Ireland turned 100. And much like Australia day, many celebrate — but many have regrets too. There's a fragile peace in Northern Ireland, after 40 years of violence in the troubles, and challenges remain today: from Brexit to the dream of a united Ireland. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore questions of identity, conflict, religion, and peace in Northern Ireland — but with universal lessons.
12/17/20220
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The ethics of secrets — when should we keep a secret or reveal the truth?

All of us have secrets. Things we keep from others, and secrets we keep from ourselves. Our families have secrets, each generation chooses what it tells the next. Our institutions keep secrets too, like religious institutions. But choosing to keep a secret can have different motivations, good and bad — so when should we keep a secret and when should we reveal the truth? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel take on ethics of secrets. 
12/8/20220
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The ethics of secrets — when should we keep a secret or reveal the truth?

All of us have secrets. Things we keep from others, and secrets we keep from ourselves. Our families have secrets, each generation chooses what it tells the next. Our institutions keep secrets too, like religious institutions. But choosing to keep a secret can have different motivations, good and bad — so when should we keep a secret and when should we reveal the truth? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel take on ethics of secrets. 
12/8/20220
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Why neurodiversity offers us ways of seeing the world

1 in 5 of us are in a neuro-minority. But stigma remains, along with a deficit model in professional, medical and societal ways of understanding neurodiversity. So how do we shift this thinking? And what can we learn from unique ways of seeing and being in the world? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore neurodiversity and faith this International Day of People with Disabilities.
12/2/20220
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Why neurodiversity offers us ways of seeing the world

1 in 5 of us are in a neuro-minority. But stigma remains, along with a deficit model in professional, medical and societal ways of understanding neurodiversity. So how do we shift this thinking? And what can we learn from unique ways of seeing and being in the world? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore neurodiversity and faith this International Day of People with Disabilities.
12/2/20220
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Paganism: myths, magic, and nature conservation

This episode originally aired on 27 March 2022. Contemporary Paganism is one of the few spiritual movements attracting a growing number of followers, particularly young people, each year. For some, Paganism is about connecting with and protecting their environment, for others it’s about regaining control of their world. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore contemporary Paganism; from myth busting and magic, to advocacy and climate change.  In this episode: Witches have always had a bad rap; both in the real world and make-believe. What does it mean to be a witch? Why has the stereotype endured for so long? Are young people the key to breaking down the barriers and dispelling the myths? What does Paganism look like in Australia, so far away, both in place and time, from its origins in ancient Europe? How do the Australian seasons align with Pagan rituals and practice? What is the typical path to Paganism? For many followers of Paganism, the environment plays a significant part in their spiritual practice. Ásatrú, the fastest growing religion in Iceland, encourages harmony with nature. With such emphasis on nature and the environment, how does Paganism respond in the face of climate change? Guests: Dr Caroline Tully is Associate Editor of The Pomegranate, the International Journal  of Pagan Studies, and one of the organisers of the Australian Wiccan Conference. She is also an author, archaeologist, lecturer, and Honorary Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne.  Stacey DeMarco is a member of the Pagan Awareness Network. She is the author of several books, including; "Witch in the Boardroom" and  "The Enchanted Moon". She herself identifies as a witch, pagan practitioner, and Meta-physicist. 
11/26/20220
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Paganism: myths, magic, and nature conservation

This episode originally aired on 27 March 2022. Contemporary Paganism is one of the few spiritual movements attracting a growing number of followers, particularly young people, each year. For some, Paganism is about connecting with and protecting their environment, for others it’s about regaining control of their world. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore contemporary Paganism; from myth busting and magic, to advocacy and climate change.  In this episode: Witches have always had a bad rap; both in the real world and make-believe. What does it mean to be a witch? Why has the stereotype endured for so long? Are young people the key to breaking down the barriers and dispelling the myths? What does Paganism look like in Australia, so far away, both in place and time, from its origins in ancient Europe? How do the Australian seasons align with Pagan rituals and practice? What is the typical path to Paganism? For many followers of Paganism, the environment plays a significant part in their spiritual practice. Ásatrú, the fastest growing religion in Iceland, encourages harmony with nature. With such emphasis on nature and the environment, how does Paganism respond in the face of climate change? Guests: Dr Caroline Tully is Associate Editor of The Pomegranate, the International Journal  of Pagan Studies, and one of the organisers of the Australian Wiccan Conference. She is also an author, archaeologist, lecturer, and Honorary Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne.  Stacey DeMarco is a member of the Pagan Awareness Network. She is the author of several books, including; "Witch in the Boardroom" and  "The Enchanted Moon". She herself identifies as a witch, pagan practitioner, and Meta-physicist. 
11/26/20220
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Is there a role for religion in the classroom?

Private religious schools are growing in number — but it's in secular public schools that the debate about the role of religion is fierce. Some say public school is no place for private religion. Others say it's important for kids to learn about religion. And still others say there's a place for education on various worldviews. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel look at religious educations in schools.
11/17/20220
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Is there a role for religion in the classroom?

Private religious schools are growing in number — but it's in secular public schools that the debate about the role of religion is fierce. Some say public school is no place for private religion. Others say it's important for kids to learn about religion. And still others say there's a place for education on various worldviews. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel look at religious educations in schools.
11/17/20220
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What's the purpose of protests — and are they effective?

A wave of protest is spreading across the world. People power is toppling governments – and governments are crushing protests. Globally, there’s protest over climate change, vaccines, and lockdowns; from corruption and poverty to Black Lives Matter, and there's protest for and against Trumpism as well. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel find out why it is happening, and what makes protests succeed or fail.
11/11/20220
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What's the purpose of protests — and are they effective?

A wave of protest is spreading across the world. People power is toppling governments – and governments are crushing protests. Globally, there’s protest over climate change, vaccines, and lockdowns; from corruption and poverty to Black Lives Matter, and there's protest for and against Trumpism as well. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel find out why it is happening, and what makes protests succeed or fail.
11/11/20220
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The great unknown: Living with uncertainty

Depending on who you ask, an acceptance of uncertainty is fundamental to ethics, to religious faith, even to good mental health. For others, it's a lack of agreed meaning and relativism that guides the world toward disaster. So then, how should we navigate the fog of 21st century life? Join James Carleton and the panel as they explore whether living in an uncertain world require certain foundations —  shared truths and identities? Or is there a kind of freedom to be found in embracing uncertainty and unknowing?
11/4/20220
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The great unknown: Living with uncertainty

Depending on who you ask, an acceptance of uncertainty is fundamental to ethics, to religious faith, even to good mental health. For others, it's a lack of agreed meaning and relativism that guides the world toward disaster. So then, how should we navigate the fog of 21st century life? Join James Carleton and the panel as they explore whether living in an uncertain world require certain foundations —  shared truths and identities? Or is there a kind of freedom to be found in embracing uncertainty and unknowing?
11/4/20220
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How we understand sin today

"The wages of sin is death," says the Bible, and for a long time in Australia, that was a widely accepted wisdom. Today, an increasing number of Australians believe the concept of sin is antiquated, and perhaps unhelpful. But whether we believe in God or not, imperfection exists and we inevitably transgress —  and in our unforgiving culture, redemption can be elusive. On God Forbid, join James Carleton and the panel as they explore whether sin still matters, and how we understand the term in contemporary Australia.
10/28/20220
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How we understand sin today

"The wages of sin is death," says the Bible, and for a long time in Australia, that was a widely accepted wisdom. Today, an increasing number of Australians believe the concept of sin is antiquated, and perhaps unhelpful. But whether we believe in God or not, imperfection exists and we inevitably transgress —  and in our unforgiving culture, redemption can be elusive. On God Forbid, join James Carleton and the panel as they explore whether sin still matters, and how we understand the term in contemporary Australia.
10/28/20220
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Developing an economics of kindness in uncertain times

As we approach Labor's first federal budget on Tuesday, is Australia facing an uncertain economic future? We’re experiencing rising inflation, government inheriting debt and deficit along with an increasing a cost-of-living. At such a time, should the government draw on altruism, or self interest?  What would help drive economic recovery – and could something beyond the bottom line help chart our course?
10/21/20220
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Developing an economics of kindness in uncertain times

As we approach Labor's first federal budget on Tuesday, is Australia facing an uncertain economic future? We’re experiencing rising inflation, government inheriting debt and deficit along with an increasing a cost-of-living. At such a time, should the government draw on altruism, or self interest?  What would help drive economic recovery – and could something beyond the bottom line help chart our course?
10/21/20220
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How and why do we pray?

Anthropologists theorise that prayer coincided with the human capacity to think in the abstract. That means it's been around since the stone age — 150,000 years ago. Today the practice of prayer continues unabated for billions around the world. And one thing is for certain, prayer will be around for a lot longer than we will. On God Forbid, join James Carleton and the panel as they explore how, and why, we pray. 
10/13/20220
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How and why do we pray?

Anthropologists theorise that prayer coincided with the human capacity to think in the abstract. That means it's been around since the stone age — 150,000 years ago. Today the practice of prayer continues unabated for billions around the world. And one thing is for certain, prayer will be around for a lot longer than we will. On God Forbid, join James Carleton and the panel as they explore how, and why, we pray. 
10/13/20220
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Looking inwards or facing outwards — how do you find who you are?

Today, the term 'self-determination' refers to individuals: each of us claiming our right to personal independence and to determine who we are. But is that claim true, given that humans only exist in connection with others? What comes first – the identity of one, or the collective identities of all? On God Forbid, join James Carleton and the panel as they look at some fundamental questions about identity.
10/7/20220
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Looking inwards or facing outwards — how do you find who you are?

Today, the term 'self-determination' refers to individuals: each of us claiming our right to personal independence and to determine who we are. But is that claim true, given that humans only exist in connection with others? What comes first – the identity of one, or the collective identities of all? On God Forbid, join James Carleton and the panel as they look at some fundamental questions about identity.
10/7/20220
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Addiction, recovery and hitting rock bottom

The Alcoholics Anonymous' Big Book, first published in 1953, says that few people will sincerely try to practice the AA program unless they've first hit rock bottom. So is it true that you have to get to the bottom before you can get better? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel take a look at addiction and recovery — the personal stories, and separating the myths from the facts.
9/30/20220
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Addiction, recovery and hitting rock bottom

The Alcoholics Anonymous' Big Book, first published in 1953, says that few people will sincerely try to practice the AA program unless they've first hit rock bottom. So is it true that you have to get to the bottom before you can get better? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel take a look at addiction and recovery — the personal stories, and separating the myths from the facts.
9/30/20220
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Is hope necessary?

The 77th session of the UN general assembly took place this week. And the consensus is in: the world is facing a profound crisis, on economic, environmental and political levels. In these times, hope can be a rare and valuable commodity, but why might hope still be necessary?
9/23/20220
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Is hope necessary?

The 77th session of the UN general assembly took place this week. And the consensus is in: the world is facing a profound crisis, on economic, environmental and political levels. In these times, hope can be a rare and valuable commodity, but why might hope still be necessary?
9/23/20220
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Dark humour — why do we laugh at things that aren't a laughing matter?

Is the surest way to destroy a funny story to analyse it? And yet – analysis, light-hearted at least, is what we propose on this week's God Forbid. Join James Carleton and the panel as they wonder about the reasons for dark humour, and whether there are lines that shouldn't be crossed.
9/16/20220
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Dark humour — why do we laugh at things that aren't a laughing matter?

Is the surest way to destroy a funny story to analyse it? And yet – analysis, light-hearted at least, is what we propose on this week's God Forbid. Join James Carleton and the panel as they wonder about the reasons for dark humour, and whether there are lines that shouldn't be crossed.
9/16/20220
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Is it time to declare a war on devices?

Specialists say screen and gaming disorders affect tens of thousands of Australian children. The issue has led several academics, child psychologists and psychiatrists to sign a joint statement calling for urgent government action. Still, there remains debate about whether 'tech addiction' is a genuine thing at all. Is it really time to declare a war on devices? Or should we just leave those kids alone?
9/9/20220
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Is it time to declare a war on devices?

Specialists say screen and gaming disorders affect tens of thousands of Australian children. The issue has led several academics, child psychologists and psychiatrists to sign a joint statement calling for urgent government action. Still, there remains debate about whether 'tech addiction' is a genuine thing at all. Is it really time to declare a war on devices? Or should we just leave those kids alone?
9/9/20220
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The Death of Volunteering?

Do we simply not have the time or money to enable us to volunteer like we once did? Has our community life moved online, or has it evaporated? Join James Carleton and the God Forbid panel as they discuss giving, taking and volunteering in Australia.
9/2/20220
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The Death of Volunteering?

Do we simply not have the time or money to enable us to volunteer like we once did? Has our community life moved online, or has it evaporated? Join James Carleton and the God Forbid panel as they discuss giving, taking and volunteering in Australia.
9/2/20220
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03 | The Lifespan in Modern Australia — marriage and relationships

The decline and secularisation of marriage comes amid other changing social dynamics. In one in four relationships, women are the main breadwinners. There are post-separation blended families, and of course we now have same-sex marriage. It's the final episode of our three-part series on births, deaths and marriages.
8/27/20220
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03 | The Lifespan in Modern Australia — marriage and relationships

The decline and secularisation of marriage comes amid other changing social dynamics. In one in four relationships, women are the main breadwinners. There are post-separation blended families, and of course we now have same-sex marriage. It's the final episode of our three-part series on births, deaths and marriages.
8/27/20220
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02 | The Lifespan in Modern Australia — death and grief

It's a simple fact of life that we will inevitably, one day, die. Yet we still find death, dying and grief difficult to talk about. On God Forbid, we look at what it means to die, and to grieve, in this current moment in Australia.
8/19/20220
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02 | The Lifespan in Modern Australia — death and grief

It's a simple fact of life that we will inevitably, one day, die. Yet we still find death, dying and grief difficult to talk about. On God Forbid, we look at what it means to die, and to grieve, in this current moment in Australia.
8/19/20220
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01| The Lifespan in Modern Australia — Births and birthing

In modern Australia, what does it mean to be born, to live and love, and then to die? Across the next three episodes, God Forbid will be exploring births, deaths and marriages. In the first episode we explore one of the most fundamental and defining moments: birth.
8/12/20220
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01| The Lifespan in Modern Australia — Births and birthing

In modern Australia, what does it mean to be born, to live and love, and then to die? Across the next three episodes, God Forbid will be exploring births, deaths and marriages. In the first episode we explore one of the most fundamental and defining moments: birth.
8/12/20220
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The cultural, ethical and spiritual dimensions of food

Food is central to human society. We celebrate with food and we commiserate with food. At its most essential level, food keeps us alive. But today, food is also a commodity. For many Australians the cost of food is becoming an increasing strain, but for others, dining can be a symbol of wealth. Then there's also our ever-evolving diet culture. On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel examine our cultural, ethical, and even spiritual relationship with food.
8/6/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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The cultural, ethical and spiritual dimensions of food

Food is central to human society. We celebrate with food and we commiserate with food. At its most essential level, food keeps us alive. But today, food is also a commodity. For many Australians the cost of food is becoming an increasing strain, but for others, dining can be a symbol of wealth. Then there's also our ever-evolving diet culture. On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel examine our cultural, ethical, and even spiritual relationship with food.
8/6/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Artists and writers in exile

How can you stay connected to place or a sense of home, if you've been exiled from where you were born, or grew up? And what burdens come with finding yourself as a kind of spokesperson for those left behind? On God Forbid, we meet three panellists whose lives have been shaped by exile, due to politics or religion.
7/30/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Artists and writers in exile

How can you stay connected to place or a sense of home, if you've been exiled from where you were born, or grew up? And what burdens come with finding yourself as a kind of spokesperson for those left behind? On God Forbid, we meet three panellists whose lives have been shaped by exile, due to politics or religion.
7/30/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Discovering you are not who you thought you were

What happens if you find out you were taken from your birth family and brought up with an entirely different culture, religion, and even language?
7/23/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Discovering you are not who you thought you were

What happens if you find out you were taken from your birth family and brought up with an entirely different culture, religion, and even language?
7/23/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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A Christian perspective on sacred texts

Biblical literacy is likely lower in Australia today than at any point since the convict era. Yet the legacy of this book – for better and worse – is still everywhere to be seen. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel examine what the Bible is and its influence on the nation’s history and society.
7/16/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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A Christian perspective on sacred texts

Biblical literacy is likely lower in Australia today than at any point since the convict era. Yet the legacy of this book – for better and worse – is still everywhere to be seen. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel examine what the Bible is and its influence on the nation’s history and society.
7/16/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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A Jewish perspective on sacred texts

Some Jewish sacred texts are over 3000 years old, but are still read by nearly half the world’s population. In addition to Jews, there are four billion Christians and Muslims in the world, who draw - in differing ways - on the Hebrew Bible, or the Tanakh. Join James Carleton and the panel as they examine the Tanakh, and the text’s impact in history and on society today. 
7/9/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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A Jewish perspective on sacred texts

Some Jewish sacred texts are over 3000 years old, but are still read by nearly half the world’s population. In addition to Jews, there are four billion Christians and Muslims in the world, who draw - in differing ways - on the Hebrew Bible, or the Tanakh. Join James Carleton and the panel as they examine the Tanakh, and the text’s impact in history and on society today. 
7/9/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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NAIDOC Week: Torres Strait Islands

In the most northern tip of Australia, Torres Strait Islanders celebrate their stories and culture for NAIDOC week, along with the missionaries who brought Christianity to the region.
7/2/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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NAIDOC Week: Torres Strait Islands

In the most northern tip of Australia, Torres Strait Islanders celebrate their stories and culture for NAIDOC week, along with the missionaries who brought Christianity to the region.
7/2/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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The big questions on AI — capability, morality and faith

What does it mean for humans to create technology that 'thinks'? Are there enough conversations around the big moral and spiritual questions of creating advanced technology? Plus, what are the implications of inserting AI into our lives? Join Breann Fallon and expert panel as they delve into the complexities of AI.
6/25/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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The big questions on AI — capability, morality and faith

What does it mean for humans to create technology that 'thinks'? Are there enough conversations around the big moral and spiritual questions of creating advanced technology? Plus, what are the implications of inserting AI into our lives? Join Breann Fallon and expert panel as they delve into the complexities of AI.
6/25/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Suffering and resilience

 Do we really need to suffer? There seems to be so much suffering in the world right now, but for what purpose? How do we respond to it? On this week’s episode of God Forbid, Breann Fallon and the panel focus on suffering and resilience, both personal and collective.
6/18/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Suffering and resilience

 Do we really need to suffer? There seems to be so much suffering in the world right now, but for what purpose? How do we respond to it? On this week’s episode of God Forbid, Breann Fallon and the panel focus on suffering and resilience, both personal and collective.
6/18/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Church, God and guns

The revelation from US President Joe Biden that, in the last two decades, more school-aged children have died from guns than on-duty police and active-duty military combined, is a stark reminder of the tragic toll of gun violence. Religion, nationalism and politics all come into play in the heated gun debate. Guest presenter, Breann Fallon, explores faith and firearms with the panel on this week’s God Forbid.
6/11/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Church, God and guns

The revelation from US President Joe Biden that, in the last two decades, more school-aged children have died from guns than on-duty police and active-duty military combined, is a stark reminder of the tragic toll of gun violence. Religion, nationalism and politics all come into play in the heated gun debate. Guest presenter, Breann Fallon, explores faith and firearms with the panel on this week’s God Forbid.
6/11/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Caroline Jones - The Search for Meaning

Caroline Jones was not only a trailblazing journalist, but also a ground-breaking religious broadcaster. This week on God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel reflect upon the immense legacy of Caroline Jones and the changing nature of religious journalism in Australia.
6/4/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Caroline Jones - The Search for Meaning

Caroline Jones was not only a trailblazing journalist, but also a ground-breaking religious broadcaster. This week on God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel reflect upon the immense legacy of Caroline Jones and the changing nature of religious journalism in Australia.
6/4/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Cultivating compassion: a radical idea

Can compassion be transformative? While we might not associate being compassionate with being fierce, an act of compassion can be a powerful, even radical gesture. On God Forbid this week, James Carleton and the panel explore the positive power of compassion in testing times. 
5/28/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Cultivating compassion: a radical idea

Can compassion be transformative? While we might not associate being compassionate with being fierce, an act of compassion can be a powerful, even radical gesture. On God Forbid this week, James Carleton and the panel explore the positive power of compassion in testing times. 
5/28/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Praying for priests: the shortage of clergy in Australia

Australia — much like the rest of the world — is experiencing a critical shortage of priests. Churches of various faiths are struggling to fill vacancies. So why aren’t more people answering the call? Join James Carleton and the God Forbid panel this week as they consider the growing problem of a shrinking clergy. 
5/21/202253 minutes, 35 seconds
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Praying for priests: the shortage of clergy in Australia

Australia — much like the rest of the world — is experiencing a critical shortage of priests. Churches of various faiths are struggling to fill vacancies. So why aren’t more people answering the call? Join James Carleton and the God Forbid panel this week as they consider the growing problem of a shrinking clergy. 
5/21/202253 minutes, 35 seconds
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A leap of faith: from religious deconstruction to reconstruction

What does it mean to deconstruct one’s faith? What motivates someone to reassess their spiritual or religious path and dismantle their belief system? This week on God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore the process, and the aftermath, of faith deconstruction.
5/14/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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A leap of faith: from religious deconstruction to reconstruction

What does it mean to deconstruct one’s faith? What motivates someone to reassess their spiritual or religious path and dismantle their belief system? This week on God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore the process, and the aftermath, of faith deconstruction.
5/14/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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A prayer or a pill? Exploring mental health science and religion

There's a complex line between the science of mental health, the experience of spirituality, and practice of religion. All are distinct but so often interrelated. Is religion compatible with modern mental health science? Is your choice a prayer, or a pill? Join James Carleton and the panel as they look at the scientific, spiritual, cultural and personal aspects of mental health.
5/7/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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A prayer or a pill? Exploring mental health science and religion

There's a complex line between the science of mental health, the experience of spirituality, and practice of religion. All are distinct but so often interrelated. Is religion compatible with modern mental health science? Is your choice a prayer, or a pill? Join James Carleton and the panel as they look at the scientific, spiritual, cultural and personal aspects of mental health.
5/7/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Does Australia need a Bill of Rights?

Australia is one of the only liberal democracies in the world without a Bill or a Charter of Rights. What protections are in place to safeguard our human rights, and are they enough? This week on God Forbid, co-presenters Breann Fallon and James Carleton and the panel explore the state of human rights in Australia, and consider whether a Bill of Rights will rectify the wrongs.
4/30/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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Does Australia need a Bill of Rights?

Australia is one of the only liberal democracies in the world without a Bill or a Charter of Rights. What protections are in place to safeguard our human rights, and are they enough? This week on God Forbid, co-presenters Breann Fallon and James Carleton and the panel explore the state of human rights in Australia, and consider whether a Bill of Rights will rectify the wrongs.
4/30/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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Is the right to vote truly equal?

The right of all people to vote in elections, without any discrimination, is one of the most fundamental of all human rights and civil liberties. But when and why would that be taken away — if ever? Even here in Australia, is the right to vote truly equal? On God Forbid, co-presenters Breann Fallon and James Carleton examine the right to vote and the inequalities built into it.
4/23/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is the right to vote truly equal?

The right of all people to vote in elections, without any discrimination, is one of the most fundamental of all human rights and civil liberties. But when and why would that be taken away — if ever? Even here in Australia, is the right to vote truly equal? On God Forbid, co-presenters Breann Fallon and James Carleton examine the right to vote and the inequalities built into it.
4/23/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Jesus lived. So, who was he?

Christians celebrate, and reflect upon, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter. But how much do we really know about the man whose life has shaped the spiritual, and often political, course of history for so many? For this Easter episode of God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore the life of Jesus through a religious, political, and historical lens. 
4/16/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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Jesus lived. So, who was he?

Christians celebrate, and reflect upon, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter. But how much do we really know about the man whose life has shaped the spiritual, and often political, course of history for so many? For this Easter episode of God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore the life of Jesus through a religious, political, and historical lens. 
4/16/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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Billionaires are launching into space – is that a good thing?

In the Cold War era, we had the space race — the first satellite, first dog and first person in space. Today, it’s the private industry space race with billionaires launching rockets and taking space flights, accompanied by wealthy space tourists. This week on God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel look at the law and ethics surrounding today’s space race, and examine the wider space industry.
4/9/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Billionaires are launching into space – is that a good thing?

In the Cold War era, we had the space race — the first satellite, first dog and first person in space. Today, it’s the private industry space race with billionaires launching rockets and taking space flights, accompanied by wealthy space tourists. This week on God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel look at the law and ethics surrounding today’s space race, and examine the wider space industry.
4/9/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Finding faith in fiction

In 2019, one of Australia's best-known poets, Les Murray, passed away at the age of eighty. James Carleton and the panel discuss how Murray's faith influenced his writing, and examine the power of myth and story.
4/2/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Finding faith in fiction

In 2019, one of Australia's best-known poets, Les Murray, passed away at the age of eighty. James Carleton and the panel discuss how Murray's faith influenced his writing, and examine the power of myth and story.
4/2/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Paganism: myths, magic, and nature conservation

Contemporary Paganism is one of the few spiritual movements attracting a growing number of followers, particularly young people, each year. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore contemporary Paganism; from myth busting and magic, to advocacy and climate change. 
3/26/202254 minutes, 4 seconds
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Paganism: myths, magic, and nature conservation

Contemporary Paganism is one of the few spiritual movements attracting a growing number of followers, particularly young people, each year. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore contemporary Paganism; from myth busting and magic, to advocacy and climate change. 
3/26/202254 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ukraine and Russia: religion and the politics of war

As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues, the world looks on in despair. Religion is very much a part of this conflict. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel discuss the complex religious, cultural, and historical links between Ukraine and Russia.
3/19/202254 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ukraine and Russia: religion and the politics of war

As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues, the world looks on in despair. Religion is very much a part of this conflict. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel discuss the complex religious, cultural, and historical links between Ukraine and Russia.
3/19/202254 minutes, 8 seconds
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University chaplaincy in a changing world

Often we think of chaplaincy in hospital settings; providing a listening ear and comfort, can be profoundly healing, even life changing. But what about in a context not of sickness and death, but of youth and vitality? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore why the opportunities and challenges faced by university chaplains today are unlike other religious ministers.
3/12/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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University chaplaincy in a changing world

Often we think of chaplaincy in hospital settings; providing a listening ear and comfort, can be profoundly healing, even life changing. But what about in a context not of sickness and death, but of youth and vitality? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore why the opportunities and challenges faced by university chaplains today are unlike other religious ministers.
3/12/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Sydney's Mardi Gras: the complexities of Pride and faith

In 1978, the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade was met with violence and arrests. Community attitudes and legislation have changed significantly since then. So, in 2022, what does the Mardi Gras mean for sexuality and gender diverse people, religious or not? 
3/5/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sydney's Mardi Gras: the complexities of Pride and faith

In 1978, the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade was met with violence and arrests. Community attitudes and legislation have changed significantly since then. So, in 2022, what does the Mardi Gras mean for sexuality and gender diverse people, religious or not? 
3/5/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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What if we lived with less?

How much clutter is in your home? A study in the science journal Nature says the weight of what we produce doubles every year. And in 2013, we reached a tipping point where man-made stuff is now heavier than all life on earth — more than every plant, human and animal combined. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore the impact that our stuff has on the world, the economy and on our spiritual lives.
2/26/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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What if we lived with less?

How much clutter is in your home? A study in the science journal Nature says the weight of what we produce doubles every year. And in 2013, we reached a tipping point where man-made stuff is now heavier than all life on earth — more than every plant, human and animal combined. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore the impact that our stuff has on the world, the economy and on our spiritual lives.
2/26/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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The different dimensions of loneliness

Even though humans can't exist alone, many feel that they do. For some, loneliness is mild and transitory, but for other’s chronic — the pain can be so profound that it affects physical wellbeing. On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore the different forms that 'being alone' can take, and what can be done.
2/19/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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The different dimensions of loneliness

Even though humans can't exist alone, many feel that they do. For some, loneliness is mild and transitory, but for other’s chronic — the pain can be so profound that it affects physical wellbeing. On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore the different forms that 'being alone' can take, and what can be done.
2/19/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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How to form new habits — and break old ones

Has the new year brought a fresh approach to life amid the uncertainty of the pandemic? In achieving human flourishing, developing good habits are as important as extinguishing the bad. On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel take a look at how we're going with our new year's resolutions, one habit at a time.
2/12/202253 minutes, 57 seconds
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How to form new habits — and break old ones

Has the new year brought a fresh approach to life amid the uncertainty of the pandemic? In achieving human flourishing, developing good habits are as important as extinguishing the bad. On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel take a look at how we're going with our new year's resolutions, one habit at a time.
2/12/202253 minutes, 57 seconds
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What do Pentecostals believe?

Pentecostalism is one of the fastest growing religious movements worldwide, and Australia is no exception. So what do Pentecostal Christians believe?  On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel go beyond the happy-clappy stereotype and explore the complex mosaic of Pentecostalism.
2/5/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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What do Pentecostals believe?

Pentecostalism is one of the fastest growing religious movements worldwide, and Australia is no exception. So what do Pentecostal Christians believe?  On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel go beyond the happy-clappy stereotype and explore the complex mosaic of Pentecostalism.
2/5/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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Does sci-fi transcend — or reveal — our human limitations?

With Star Wars films and Avatar making the 'biggest box office hits of all time' lists, and the enduring popularity of sci-fi novels like Dune and Blade Runner — it makes you wonder: has the geek inherited the earth? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our expert panel delve into the world of sci-fi, and explore where sci-fi and religion mingle.
1/29/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Does sci-fi transcend — or reveal — our human limitations?

With Star Wars films and Avatar making the 'biggest box office hits of all time' lists, and the enduring popularity of sci-fi novels like Dune and Blade Runner — it makes you wonder: has the geek inherited the earth? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our expert panel delve into the world of sci-fi, and explore where sci-fi and religion mingle.
1/29/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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How urban legends tell our story

Australia loves a legend - not just legendary sports stars, legendary stories too. But some stories are too extraordinary to be believed. So should we get rid of them and live in the real world? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore.
1/22/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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How urban legends tell our story

Australia loves a legend - not just legendary sports stars, legendary stories too. But some stories are too extraordinary to be believed. So should we get rid of them and live in the real world? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore.
1/22/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Lessons in leadership

What is true leadership all about - giving or taking? Serving others, or being served? On God Forbid, James and our panel of leadership experts find out. 
1/15/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Lessons in leadership

What is true leadership all about - giving or taking? Serving others, or being served? On God Forbid, James and our panel of leadership experts find out. 
1/15/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Fostering sacred creativity in a secular world

The great writer and Nobel Prize winner André Gide said, “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist and the less the artist does, the better." On God Forbid, James Carleton explores the relationship between art, humanity and the sacred with creatives Lindy Lee and Rod Pattenden.
1/8/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Fostering sacred creativity in a secular world

The great writer and Nobel Prize winner André Gide said, “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist and the less the artist does, the better." On God Forbid, James Carleton explores the relationship between art, humanity and the sacred with creatives Lindy Lee and Rod Pattenden.
1/8/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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How technology is changing the way we grieve

Is it possible to be biologically dead, but socially alive? What would that entail? On God Forbid, James and panel find out more about the digital afterlife. 
1/1/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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How technology is changing the way we grieve

Is it possible to be biologically dead, but socially alive? What would that entail? On God Forbid, James and panel find out more about the digital afterlife. 
1/1/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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The future of faith – ministry with Gen Z

In many ways, young people who attend places of worship today are vastly different to those who attended decades ago. A new generation isn’t just attending in person, but also via online platforms like messaging, podcasts and even game streaming services. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore how Gen Z is engaging with religion, and how faith groups are responding.
12/25/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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The future of faith – ministry with Gen Z

In many ways, young people who attend places of worship today are vastly different to those who attended decades ago. A new generation isn’t just attending in person, but also via online platforms like messaging, podcasts and even game streaming services. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore how Gen Z is engaging with religion, and how faith groups are responding.
12/25/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Disagreeing well

In some ways we will always be different – it’s a wonderful part of life, but it comes with disagreement and even conflict. But intolerance can be a good and natural response to the intolerable. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore the difference.
12/18/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Disagreeing well

In some ways we will always be different – it’s a wonderful part of life, but it comes with disagreement and even conflict. But intolerance can be a good and natural response to the intolerable. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore the difference.
12/18/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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The hot potatoes of 2021

2021 has been a year of challenges and changes for so many people worldwide. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel reflect on the hot potatoes thrown our way in 2021, and contemplate the coming twelve months.
12/11/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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The hot potatoes of 2021

2021 has been a year of challenges and changes for so many people worldwide. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel reflect on the hot potatoes thrown our way in 2021, and contemplate the coming twelve months.
12/11/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Toward an inclusive society for people with disability

December 3 is the International Day for People with Disability. It's an important day for the one third of Australian households which include a person with a disability, and for society-at-large. Join guest presenter Grant Lock, James Carleton and our panel as they chat about living with a disability, tackling discrimination, fighting for accessibility and more.
12/4/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Toward an inclusive society for people with disability

December 3 is the International Day for People with Disability. It's an important day for the one third of Australian households which include a person with a disability, and for society-at-large. Join guest presenter Grant Lock, James Carleton and our panel as they chat about living with a disability, tackling discrimination, fighting for accessibility and more.
12/4/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Reflections on consumerism: buying more, gaining less?

It’s fast approaching the time of year where celebration, reflection, and enjoying precious time with loved ones become the primary focus for many.  While our movements may have been curtailed somewhat this year, our thirst for spending has been in overdrive. 
11/27/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Reflections on consumerism: buying more, gaining less?

It’s fast approaching the time of year where celebration, reflection, and enjoying precious time with loved ones become the primary focus for many.  While our movements may have been curtailed somewhat this year, our thirst for spending has been in overdrive. 
11/27/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Fitness and body image: aspiration, inspiration, and transformation

Fitness and body image have become a preoccupation for many Australians. While physical exertion is not for everyone, the fitness industry in Australia has grown significantly in recent years. On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore the complex and contradictory world of exercise, fitness and body image. 
11/20/202153 minutes, 57 seconds
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Fitness and body image: aspiration, inspiration, and transformation

Fitness and body image have become a preoccupation for many Australians. While physical exertion is not for everyone, the fitness industry in Australia has grown significantly in recent years. On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore the complex and contradictory world of exercise, fitness and body image. 
11/20/202153 minutes, 57 seconds
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Human kind — understanding kindness during tough times and beyond

Australia has endured it's fair share of challenges in recent times, yet amid all the suffering, we have witnessed countless examples of human kindness. On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore the 'kindness revolution'; where does our kindness stem from, how does it thrive during times of hardship, and what will kindness look like in a post-pandemic world?
11/13/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Human kind — understanding kindness during tough times and beyond

Australia has endured it's fair share of challenges in recent times, yet amid all the suffering, we have witnessed countless examples of human kindness. On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore the 'kindness revolution'; where does our kindness stem from, how does it thrive during times of hardship, and what will kindness look like in a post-pandemic world?
11/13/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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To believe or not to believe: atheism on the rise

More Australians than ever before are saying 'no' to religion, and 'yes' to secular beliefs such as atheism. Yet, the majority of the population still identifies with a religion. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel examine atheism, disbelief and what we really mean by 'religion'.
11/6/202154 minutes, 4 seconds
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To believe or not to believe: atheism on the rise

More Australians than ever before are saying 'no' to religion, and 'yes' to secular beliefs such as atheism. Yet, the majority of the population still identifies with a religion. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel examine atheism, disbelief and what we really mean by 'religion'.
11/6/202154 minutes, 4 seconds
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The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

We make oaths when we marry, testify in court and are sworn-in to parliament. Obviously oaths can be — and have been — broken, so why do we still make them? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel examine the nature of oaths, promises and lies. 
10/30/202154 minutes, 11 seconds
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The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

We make oaths when we marry, testify in court and are sworn-in to parliament. Obviously oaths can be — and have been — broken, so why do we still make them? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel examine the nature of oaths, promises and lies. 
10/30/202154 minutes, 11 seconds
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What brings the world’s religions together?

The Parliament of the World’s Religions recently wrapped up its eighth convening in its 128-year history. Interfaith events create a shared space for dialogue between religions, but what do these dialogues aim to achieve, and how effective are they? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel of religious leaders find out. 
10/23/202153 minutes, 49 seconds
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What brings the world’s religions together?

The Parliament of the World’s Religions recently wrapped up its eighth convening in its 128-year history. Interfaith events create a shared space for dialogue between religions, but what do these dialogues aim to achieve, and how effective are they? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel of religious leaders find out. 
10/23/202153 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Catholic Plenary – where to from here?

The Catholic Church in Australia – the country’s largest religion – has held the first session of its most important meeting. The Plenary Council is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so it’s a time of hope and anxiety for Australian Catholics. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine what’s happened so far, and look forward to what could happen in the next session of the Plenary in 2022.
10/16/202154 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Catholic Plenary – where to from here?

The Catholic Church in Australia – the country’s largest religion – has held the first session of its most important meeting. The Plenary Council is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so it’s a time of hope and anxiety for Australian Catholics. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine what’s happened so far, and look forward to what could happen in the next session of the Plenary in 2022.
10/16/202154 minutes, 10 seconds
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A Jewish perspective on sacred texts

Some Jewish sacred texts are over 3000 years old, but are still read by nearly half the world’s population. In addition to Jews, there are four billion Christians and Muslims in the world, who draw - in differing ways - on the Hebrew Bible, or the Tanakh. Join James Carleton and the panel as they examine the Tanakh, and the text’s impact in history and on society today. 
10/9/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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A Jewish perspective on sacred texts

Some Jewish sacred texts are over 3000 years old, but are still read by nearly half the world’s population. In addition to Jews, there are four billion Christians and Muslims in the world, who draw - in differing ways - on the Hebrew Bible, or the Tanakh. Join James Carleton and the panel as they examine the Tanakh, and the text’s impact in history and on society today. 
10/9/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Exploring achievement addiction and burnout

We live in a culture that glorifies the individual, so is it any wonder that success or failure at work is a pressure that many find hard to bear? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore our relationship to work, the symptoms of being overworked, and how our job can affect our sense of identity.
10/2/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Exploring achievement addiction and burnout

We live in a culture that glorifies the individual, so is it any wonder that success or failure at work is a pressure that many find hard to bear? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore our relationship to work, the symptoms of being overworked, and how our job can affect our sense of identity.
10/2/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Food for thought — why do we eat what we eat?

Australia is a country where meat is our national icon — we commune around the barbie, and love our meat pies. Yet, we also have some of the oldest vegetarian societies and earliest western animal cruelty laws. On God Forbid, James Carleton and panel examine what we eat from cultural, ethical and historical perspectives.
9/25/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Food for thought — why do we eat what we eat?

Australia is a country where meat is our national icon — we commune around the barbie, and love our meat pies. Yet, we also have some of the oldest vegetarian societies and earliest western animal cruelty laws. On God Forbid, James Carleton and panel examine what we eat from cultural, ethical and historical perspectives.
9/25/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Can playing games be a religious experience?

Can playing games teach us anything about ourselves, and about the world? And what do games have in common with attending church? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore the world of games and play. 
9/18/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Can playing games be a religious experience?

Can playing games teach us anything about ourselves, and about the world? And what do games have in common with attending church? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore the world of games and play. 
9/18/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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A Christian perspective on sacred texts

Biblical literacy is likely lower in Australia today than at any point since the convict era. Yet the legacy of this book – for better and worse – is still everywhere to be seen. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel examine what the Bible is and its influence on the nation’s history and society.
9/11/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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A Christian perspective on sacred texts

Biblical literacy is likely lower in Australia today than at any point since the convict era. Yet the legacy of this book – for better and worse – is still everywhere to be seen. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel examine what the Bible is and its influence on the nation’s history and society.
9/11/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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Examining fringe beliefs

How do we deal with people with fringe beliefs? The extremes of politics, society and religion seem outlandish, but most of us know someone who has views we find strange. So do we try and change them, ignore them, or accept them on their own terms? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel seek the answers.
9/4/202153 minutes, 10 seconds
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Examining fringe beliefs

How do we deal with people with fringe beliefs? The extremes of politics, society and religion seem outlandish, but most of us know someone who has views we find strange. So do we try and change them, ignore them, or accept them on their own terms? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel seek the answers.
9/4/202153 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why do we give religious exemptions?

There's been a decline in the number of Australians identifying as religious, but that doesn’t make dealing with religion in public any easier. So how should governments of no religion deal with things like religious schools, religious clothing in public, tax exemptions and charitable status for religion? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel look at the religious exemptions that exist in our nation. 
8/28/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why do we give religious exemptions?

There's been a decline in the number of Australians identifying as religious, but that doesn’t make dealing with religion in public any easier. So how should governments of no religion deal with things like religious schools, religious clothing in public, tax exemptions and charitable status for religion? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel look at the religious exemptions that exist in our nation. 
8/28/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Billionaires are launching into space – is that a good thing?

In the Cold War era, we had the space race — the first satellite, first dog and first person in space. Today, it’s the first billionaire and his rocket, accompanied by wealthy space tourists. This Science Week, James Carleton and the God Forbid panel look at the law and ethics surrounding today’s space race and examine the wider space industry.
8/21/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Billionaires are launching into space – is that a good thing?

In the Cold War era, we had the space race — the first satellite, first dog and first person in space. Today, it’s the first billionaire and his rocket, accompanied by wealthy space tourists. This Science Week, James Carleton and the God Forbid panel look at the law and ethics surrounding today’s space race and examine the wider space industry.
8/21/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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What inspires us to compose poems?

Poetry dates back thousands of years, with some scholars claiming it may even pre-date literacy. Rhythm and verse have been changing ever since, but have long aimed to capture perspective on the nature of existence. This Poetry Month, James Carleton panel explore everything from haiku to song lyrics.
8/14/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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What inspires us to compose poems?

Poetry dates back thousands of years, with some scholars claiming it may even pre-date literacy. Rhythm and verse have been changing ever since, but have long aimed to capture perspective on the nature of existence. This Poetry Month, James Carleton panel explore everything from haiku to song lyrics.
8/14/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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The ethics of going nuclear

It’s been 76 years since the bombing of Hiroshima, and for the three quarters of a century since nuclear stories remain front page news. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine the Cold War, nuclear medicine, nuclear meltdowns, nuclear science and technology and now the nuclear alternative energy source in the carbon constrained contemporary context.
8/7/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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The ethics of going nuclear

It’s been 76 years since the bombing of Hiroshima, and for the three quarters of a century since nuclear stories remain front page news. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine the Cold War, nuclear medicine, nuclear meltdowns, nuclear science and technology and now the nuclear alternative energy source in the carbon constrained contemporary context.
8/7/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sectarian conflicts in church, mosque and state

You know the saying – you always hurt the ones you love? According to Freud, it’s the small differences that cause the biggest conflicts, and it’s something we see again and again in both religion and politics. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel take a look at sectarianism.
7/31/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sectarian conflicts in church, mosque and state

You know the saying – you always hurt the ones you love? According to Freud, it’s the small differences that cause the biggest conflicts, and it’s something we see again and again in both religion and politics. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel take a look at sectarianism.
7/31/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Mental and spiritual wellness in isolation

Another week has passed, and over half of the country has been sent into lockdown. While the pandemic poses a threat to our physical health and our health care system, there's also the mental and spiritual sides of our wellbeing to consider. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel take a look at the impacts of the pandemic beyond just our physical wellbeing.
7/24/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Mental and spiritual wellness in isolation

Another week has passed, and over half of the country has been sent into lockdown. While the pandemic poses a threat to our physical health and our health care system, there's also the mental and spiritual sides of our wellbeing to consider. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel take a look at the impacts of the pandemic beyond just our physical wellbeing.
7/24/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Lockdowns, vaccines and COVID-19 ad campaigns

Things can change rapidly during a pandemic, with Sydney's lockdown extended and Victoria entering its fifth. But does the vaccine rollout give reason to hope? In this hot potatoes edition of God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel examine the impacts of the Delta variant – and the vaccine rollout – on local, national and international levels.
7/17/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Lockdowns, vaccines and COVID-19 ad campaigns

Things can change rapidly during a pandemic, with Sydney's lockdown extended and Victoria entering its fifth. But does the vaccine rollout give reason to hope? In this hot potatoes edition of God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel examine the impacts of the Delta variant – and the vaccine rollout – on local, national and international levels.
7/17/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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The complexities of charity

The need for charity is always there, though the motives of giving remain complex, and the outcomes can be frustratingly mixed. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine the charity sector and the state of giving in Australia.
7/10/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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The complexities of charity

The need for charity is always there, though the motives of giving remain complex, and the outcomes can be frustratingly mixed. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine the charity sector and the state of giving in Australia.
7/10/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Healing country, campus and church

This year for NAIDOC Week, James Carleton and the God Forbid panel look at universities and Christian churches — two institutions that have a rapidly changing relationship with Australia’s First Peoples.
7/3/202153 minutes, 51 seconds
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Healing country, campus and church

This year for NAIDOC Week, James Carleton and the God Forbid panel look at universities and Christian churches — two institutions that have a rapidly changing relationship with Australia’s First Peoples.
7/3/202153 minutes, 51 seconds
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Confronting age prejudice

Is getting older a gift or a curse? What societal stigmas are attached to ageing? And how are older Australians coping during the COVID-19 pandemic? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel find out. 
6/26/202153 minutes, 52 seconds
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Confronting age prejudice

Is getting older a gift or a curse? What societal stigmas are attached to ageing? And how are older Australians coping during the COVID-19 pandemic? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel find out. 
6/26/202153 minutes, 52 seconds
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How urban legends tell our story

Australia loves a legend - not just legendary sports stars, legendary stories too. But some stories are too extraordinary to be believed. So should we get rid of them and live in the real world? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore.
6/19/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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How urban legends tell our story

Australia loves a legend - not just legendary sports stars, legendary stories too. But some stories are too extraordinary to be believed. So should we get rid of them and live in the real world? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore.
6/19/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Disagreeing well

In some ways we will always be different – it’s a wonderful part of life, but it comes with disagreement and even conflict. But intolerance can be a good and natural response to the intolerable. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore the difference.
6/12/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Disagreeing well

In some ways we will always be different – it’s a wonderful part of life, but it comes with disagreement and even conflict. But intolerance can be a good and natural response to the intolerable. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore the difference.
6/12/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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What's your ecocultural identity?

Each of us has our own complex environmental identity and culture – even if it’s not at the forefront of our mind – and religion can play a part. What we believe affects our behaviour, and what happens to the environment affects us all. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel look at climate change, religion and community organising.
6/5/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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What's your ecocultural identity?

Each of us has our own complex environmental identity and culture – even if it’s not at the forefront of our mind – and religion can play a part. What we believe affects our behaviour, and what happens to the environment affects us all. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel look at climate change, religion and community organising.
6/5/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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How is religion shaping Brazil?

Did you know that Brazil has more Catholics than any country in the world? It has also undergone a military dictatorship in which religion played a role, and the current president himself identifies as a Catholic – though his wife is an active member of a Baptist church. On God Forbid, James and our panel examine the various ways in which religion has shaped (and continues to shape) the Latin American country. 
5/29/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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How is religion shaping Brazil?

Did you know that Brazil has more Catholics than any country in the world? It has also undergone a military dictatorship in which religion played a role, and the current president himself identifies as a Catholic – though his wife is an active member of a Baptist church. On God Forbid, James and our panel examine the various ways in which religion has shaped (and continues to shape) the Latin American country. 
5/29/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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Do you really want to live forever?

We live in an era that glorifies youth, and at the same time, science promises to delay old age. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel ask, what will it mean if we let that go on without limit?
5/22/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Do you really want to live forever?

We live in an era that glorifies youth, and at the same time, science promises to delay old age. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel ask, what will it mean if we let that go on without limit?
5/22/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Finding God in industrial action

This week is 130 years to the day since Pope Leo XIII published Rerum Novarum, an encyclical – or open letter – about capital and labour. The Pope endorsed the right to private property but also named trade unions as a moral good. Today, James Carleton and the God Forbid panel discuss the Christians who contributed to socialist thought in Europe.
5/15/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Finding God in industrial action

This week is 130 years to the day since Pope Leo XIII published Rerum Novarum, an encyclical – or open letter – about capital and labour. The Pope endorsed the right to private property but also named trade unions as a moral good. Today, James Carleton and the God Forbid panel discuss the Christians who contributed to socialist thought in Europe.
5/15/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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What does your doctor believe?

Faith and medicine have long gone hand-in-hand, but as medicine advances, that relationship is occasionally strained to breaking point. How do your doctors make the moral decisions needed to treat patients? And what happens if there’s not enough medicine to go around?
5/8/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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What does your doctor believe?

Faith and medicine have long gone hand-in-hand, but as medicine advances, that relationship is occasionally strained to breaking point. How do your doctors make the moral decisions needed to treat patients? And what happens if there’s not enough medicine to go around?
5/8/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Can reality TV be more than a spectacle?

Love it or hate it – reality TV is now ubiquitous. We tend to think of the genre as a waste of time, but could there be something more to it? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore the ethical considerations that go into making and consuming some of the world’s most popular entertainment.
5/1/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Can reality TV be more than a spectacle?

Love it or hate it – reality TV is now ubiquitous. We tend to think of the genre as a waste of time, but could there be something more to it? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore the ethical considerations that go into making and consuming some of the world’s most popular entertainment.
5/1/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Supporting veterans during and after service - Anzac Day 2021

Commemorating Anzac Day ties us to every Anzac Day that has come before. This year, James Carleton and the God Forbid panel discuss military ethics and chaplaincy as Australia’s longest war – in Afghanistan – comes to an end.
4/24/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Supporting veterans during and after service - Anzac Day 2021

Commemorating Anzac Day ties us to every Anzac Day that has come before. This year, James Carleton and the God Forbid panel discuss military ethics and chaplaincy as Australia’s longest war – in Afghanistan – comes to an end.
4/24/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Is doubt the death of faith?

What's it like to question your foundational beliefs about life, death, God and the universe? Does doubt pave the way to a more robust faith — or a way to unshackle ourselves from religion altogether? Join Justine Toh and our panel as they wrestle with unbelief — the big and the personal questions.
4/17/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Is doubt the death of faith?

What's it like to question your foundational beliefs about life, death, God and the universe? Does doubt pave the way to a more robust faith — or a way to unshackle ourselves from religion altogether? Join Justine Toh and our panel as they wrestle with unbelief — the big and the personal questions.
4/17/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Singled out — being unmarried and religious

"Why aren't you married yet?" Being single is a stigma in faith-based communities which extol marriage and family. Guest host Justine Toh and the God Forbid panel explore why being single doesn't mean going it alone.
4/10/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Singled out — being unmarried and religious

"Why aren't you married yet?" Being single is a stigma in faith-based communities which extol marriage and family. Guest host Justine Toh and the God Forbid panel explore why being single doesn't mean going it alone.
4/10/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Exploring sacrifice at Easter

At Easter, Christians say Jesus died for the sins of the world, only to be resurrected three days later. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panelists explore concepts of sacrifice throughout Christian history.  
4/3/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Exploring sacrifice at Easter

At Easter, Christians say Jesus died for the sins of the world, only to be resurrected three days later. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panelists explore concepts of sacrifice throughout Christian history.  
4/3/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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The future of faith – ministry with Gen Z

In many ways, young people who attend places of worship today are vastly different to those who attended decades ago. A new generation isn’t just attending in person, but also via online platforms like messaging, podcasts and even game streaming services. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore how Gen Z is engaging with religion, and how faith groups are responding.
3/27/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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The future of faith – ministry with Gen Z

In many ways, young people who attend places of worship today are vastly different to those who attended decades ago. A new generation isn’t just attending in person, but also via online platforms like messaging, podcasts and even game streaming services. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore how Gen Z is engaging with religion, and how faith groups are responding.
3/27/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Fostering sacred creativity in a secular world

The great writer and Nobel Prize winner André Gide said, “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist and the less the artist does, the better." On God Forbid, James Carleton explores the relationship between art, humanity and the sacred with creatives Lindy Lee and Rod Pattenden.
3/20/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Fostering sacred creativity in a secular world

The great writer and Nobel Prize winner André Gide said, “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist and the less the artist does, the better." On God Forbid, James Carleton explores the relationship between art, humanity and the sacred with creatives Lindy Lee and Rod Pattenden.
3/20/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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What’s dominating the headlines? From Parliament House to Buckingham Palace

It’s only March, yet we’ve already seen national and international institutions being shaken. From sexual assault allegations in Parliament, to the Royals in – and out – of Buckingham Palace, James and the panel take a look at what’s been making headlines so far in 2021.
3/13/202154 minutes, 9 seconds
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What’s dominating the headlines? From Parliament House to Buckingham Palace

It’s only March, yet we’ve already seen national and international institutions being shaken. From sexual assault allegations in Parliament, to the Royals in – and out – of Buckingham Palace, James and the panel take a look at what’s been making headlines so far in 2021.
3/13/202154 minutes, 9 seconds
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Women of faith are challenging gender inequality

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is all about choosing to challenge gender bias. So what, exactly, needs to change? And what role can faith offer in the fight? Join Meredith Lake and our panel of remarkable women who are excelling in their respective fields.
3/6/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Women of faith are challenging gender inequality

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is all about choosing to challenge gender bias. So what, exactly, needs to change? And what role can faith offer in the fight? Join Meredith Lake and our panel of remarkable women who are excelling in their respective fields.
3/6/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Who are you now? On identity in flux

All of us have an identity – an idea of who we are and our place in the world. But is identity fixed, or constantly in flux? On God Forbid, we explore some big questions and hear the personal experiences of our panellists this Mardi Gras.
2/27/202153 minutes, 52 seconds
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Who are you now? On identity in flux

All of us have an identity – an idea of who we are and our place in the world. But is identity fixed, or constantly in flux? On God Forbid, we explore some big questions and hear the personal experiences of our panellists this Mardi Gras.
2/27/202153 minutes, 52 seconds
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Leaving your faith behind

During strange and difficult times, trust and faith can be quickly gained – and lost. Join James Carleton and the panel as they talk about leaving and losing their faith.
2/20/202151 minutes, 28 seconds
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Leaving your faith behind

During strange and difficult times, trust and faith can be quickly gained – and lost. Join James Carleton and the panel as they talk about leaving and losing their faith.
2/20/202151 minutes, 28 seconds
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Searching for the saints

For all time we’ve honoured the dead. And in the course of Christian history, the veneration of saints is a big deal: Their feasts are still widely observed, like St Valentine’s Day. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel take a look at sainthood — from Catholic and Coptic traditions to secular saints. 
2/13/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Searching for the saints

For all time we’ve honoured the dead. And in the course of Christian history, the veneration of saints is a big deal: Their feasts are still widely observed, like St Valentine’s Day. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel take a look at sainthood — from Catholic and Coptic traditions to secular saints. 
2/13/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Celebrating the Lunar New Year

For more than a billion people around the world, Chinese New Year – or Lunar New Year – is their single most important annual celebration. In 2021, festivities begin on 12 February. On God Forbid, James and the panel take a moment to celebrate and delve into Chinese history in Australia since the gold rush.
2/6/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Celebrating the Lunar New Year

For more than a billion people around the world, Chinese New Year – or Lunar New Year – is their single most important annual celebration. In 2021, festivities begin on 12 February. On God Forbid, James and the panel take a moment to celebrate and delve into Chinese history in Australia since the gold rush.
2/6/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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How important is trust in a society?

We live in an era where mistrust is common – in governments, in religious and non-religious institutions and between different groups or ‘tribes.’ But how important is trust in a society – is it fundamental, or an optional extra we could do without? James Carleton and the panel find out. 
1/30/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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How important is trust in a society?

We live in an era where mistrust is common – in governments, in religious and non-religious institutions and between different groups or ‘tribes.’ But how important is trust in a society – is it fundamental, or an optional extra we could do without? James Carleton and the panel find out. 
1/30/202154 minutes, 8 seconds
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Exploring consciousness

The problem of consciousness – and how we understand it – has been reflected upon since preliterate times. So what is consciousness, and who has consciousness? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel find out.
1/23/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Exploring consciousness

The problem of consciousness – and how we understand it – has been reflected upon since preliterate times. So what is consciousness, and who has consciousness? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel find out.
1/23/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why write your own story? The purpose and power of memoir

Whether we share it or not, we all have our own story: where we grew up, what we have experienced, who has shaped us - and how we piece it altogether. But why would someone pen that story, publish it and share it with the world? Is that an act of creativity, or vanity? On God Forbid, James and our panel of memoirists take a look at the power and purpose of memoirs.
1/16/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why write your own story? The purpose and power of memoir

Whether we share it or not, we all have our own story: where we grew up, what we have experienced, who has shaped us - and how we piece it altogether. But why would someone pen that story, publish it and share it with the world? Is that an act of creativity, or vanity? On God Forbid, James and our panel of memoirists take a look at the power and purpose of memoirs.
1/16/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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How COVID-19 impacts homelessness in Australia

COVID-19 changed the way we live at home. But how did it change for those who don't have a home? And is our definition of “homeless” an accurate reflection of what’s really going on? This week, James and the panel explore the issue of homelessness in Australia.
1/9/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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How COVID-19 impacts homelessness in Australia

COVID-19 changed the way we live at home. But how did it change for those who don't have a home? And is our definition of “homeless” an accurate reflection of what’s really going on? This week, James and the panel explore the issue of homelessness in Australia.
1/9/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Friendship, the forgotten love

A good friend will stick with you through the ups and downs of life. But why is friendship given so little attention compared to our other loves: romance, marriage and family? On God Forbid, James and the panel explore why.
1/2/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Friendship, the forgotten love

A good friend will stick with you through the ups and downs of life. But why is friendship given so little attention compared to our other loves: romance, marriage and family? On God Forbid, James and the panel explore why.
1/2/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Fun and games in sacred spaces

Over the Summer break, James Carleton and the God Forbid panel take a look at how games and stories can enrich the spiritual lives of people, no matter their age.
12/26/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Fun and games in sacred spaces

Over the Summer break, James Carleton and the God Forbid panel take a look at how games and stories can enrich the spiritual lives of people, no matter their age.
12/26/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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How medieval mystics shape faith today

For all history people claim to have mystical experiences — a sense of timeless oneness with the universe or with God. It's not proof of the existence of the divine, but there is something going on here. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine Rumi, seizures and the Cloud of Unknowing.
12/19/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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How medieval mystics shape faith today

For all history people claim to have mystical experiences — a sense of timeless oneness with the universe or with God. It's not proof of the existence of the divine, but there is something going on here. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine Rumi, seizures and the Cloud of Unknowing.
12/19/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Christmas and Hanukkah on film

It’s certainly been a year like no other; with the holiday season just around the corner, perhaps it’s a chance to unwind and enjoy a favourite film (or more than just one!) On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel delve into the world of movies for Hanukkah and Christmas. 
12/12/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Christmas and Hanukkah on film

It’s certainly been a year like no other; with the holiday season just around the corner, perhaps it’s a chance to unwind and enjoy a favourite film (or more than just one!) On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel delve into the world of movies for Hanukkah and Christmas. 
12/12/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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The triumphs and challenges – celebrating the UN’s International Day of People with Disability

This week, James Carleton and the panel celebrate the International Day of People with Disability – a day declared by the U.N. We’ll hear the personal stories, celebrate the triumphs, as well as examine what barriers and prejudices still exist.
12/5/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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The triumphs and challenges – celebrating the UN’s International Day of People with Disability

This week, James Carleton and the panel celebrate the International Day of People with Disability – a day declared by the U.N. We’ll hear the personal stories, celebrate the triumphs, as well as examine what barriers and prejudices still exist.
12/5/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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A year in review – The hottest topics of 2020

2020 has been a whirlwind of a year: from Black Lives Matter to Cancel Culture and – of course – the way COVID-19 has changed all our lives. On God Forbid, James and the panel review a selection of the hottest topics that made the headlines in 2020.
11/28/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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A year in review – The hottest topics of 2020

2020 has been a whirlwind of a year: from Black Lives Matter to Cancel Culture and – of course – the way COVID-19 has changed all our lives. On God Forbid, James and the panel review a selection of the hottest topics that made the headlines in 2020.
11/28/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Big 20: How religion has shaped, and been shaped by the past 20 years

For many of us, when New Year’s Eve 1999 clicked over, it was a night we’ll never forget. And who can deny how much has changed since then? But how much has religion shaped – and been shaped by– the past 20 years? On God Forbid, James and the panel find out. 
11/21/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Big 20: How religion has shaped, and been shaped by the past 20 years

For many of us, when New Year’s Eve 1999 clicked over, it was a night we’ll never forget. And who can deny how much has changed since then? But how much has religion shaped – and been shaped by– the past 20 years? On God Forbid, James and the panel find out. 
11/21/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Does democracy have a future?

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 shook American democracy to its core. Now that he has lost the 2020 election, it looks like he’s refusing to leave. If this can happen in the world’s most iconic democracy, what hope do the rest of us have? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine what it takes for democracy to survive and whether religious belief helps or harms this goal. 
11/14/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Does democracy have a future?

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 shook American democracy to its core. Now that he has lost the 2020 election, it looks like he’s refusing to leave. If this can happen in the world’s most iconic democracy, what hope do the rest of us have? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine what it takes for democracy to survive and whether religious belief helps or harms this goal. 
11/14/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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NAIDOC 2020 – “Always Was, Always Will Be”

It’s NAIDOC Week, where James and the panel explore this year’s theme “Always Was, Always Will Be.” The panel also open up and share their personal stories of pain and resilience. 
11/7/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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NAIDOC 2020 – “Always Was, Always Will Be”

It’s NAIDOC Week, where James and the panel explore this year’s theme “Always Was, Always Will Be.” The panel also open up and share their personal stories of pain and resilience. 
11/7/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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How people of faith are taking climate action

Climate change is impacting the health of our entire planet. But does it affect some people more than others? And what does effective climate action look like? This week, James Carleton is joined by people of different faiths to hear about how they’ve been tackling climate change. 
10/31/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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How people of faith are taking climate action

Climate change is impacting the health of our entire planet. But does it affect some people more than others? And what does effective climate action look like? This week, James Carleton is joined by people of different faiths to hear about how they’ve been tackling climate change. 
10/31/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Can playing games be a religious experience?

Can playing games teach us anything about ourselves, and about the world? And what do games have in common with attending church? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore the world of games and play. 
10/24/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Can playing games be a religious experience?

Can playing games teach us anything about ourselves, and about the world? And what do games have in common with attending church? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore the world of games and play. 
10/24/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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How is religion shaping Brazil?

Did you know that Brazil has more Catholics than any country in the world? It has also undergone a military dictatorship in which religion played a role, and the current president himself identifies as a Catholic – though his wife is an active member of a Baptist church. On God Forbid, James and our panel examine the various ways in which religion has shaped (and continues to shape) the Latin American country. 
10/17/202054 minutes, 4 seconds
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How is religion shaping Brazil?

Did you know that Brazil has more Catholics than any country in the world? It has also undergone a military dictatorship in which religion played a role, and the current president himself identifies as a Catholic – though his wife is an active member of a Baptist church. On God Forbid, James and our panel examine the various ways in which religion has shaped (and continues to shape) the Latin American country. 
10/17/202054 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why sacred texts matter (even if you don't believe)

Bronze-age fantasies to some; words of God for others. But for better or worse, sacred texts have an undeniable influence on all our lives. James Carleton is joined by a Coptic Christian, a Muslim and a Sikh to explore how each reads and lives out their scriptures.
10/10/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Why sacred texts matter (even if you don't believe)

Bronze-age fantasies to some; words of God for others. But for better or worse, sacred texts have an undeniable influence on all our lives. James Carleton is joined by a Coptic Christian, a Muslim and a Sikh to explore how each reads and lives out their scriptures.
10/10/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Sarah Coakley and Claire Smith on evolution, Anglicanism and women in leadership

In the survival of the fittest, how do the meek inherit the earth? James Carleton is joined by two prominent Anglican theologians with very different ideas to discuss evolution, the ordination of women and how the Bible shapes how they see the world.
10/3/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Sarah Coakley and Claire Smith on evolution, Anglicanism and women in leadership

In the survival of the fittest, how do the meek inherit the earth? James Carleton is joined by two prominent Anglican theologians with very different ideas to discuss evolution, the ordination of women and how the Bible shapes how they see the world.
10/3/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Religious nationalism in the East and the West

What is religious nationalism, and what does it look like in our current global context? On God Forbid, James and the panel turn their attention to the East and the West — from Christian nationalism in the U.S. to Hindu nationalism in India.
9/26/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Religious nationalism in the East and the West

What is religious nationalism, and what does it look like in our current global context? On God Forbid, James and the panel turn their attention to the East and the West — from Christian nationalism in the U.S. to Hindu nationalism in India.
9/26/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Vaccines and consent during COVID-19

If we’re living through a once-in-a-century pandemic, does that mean we need a once-in-a-century set of ethics to deal with it? On God Forbid, James and the panel explore the ethics of protests, vaccines and consent in the midst of COVID-19.
9/19/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Vaccines and consent during COVID-19

If we’re living through a once-in-a-century pandemic, does that mean we need a once-in-a-century set of ethics to deal with it? On God Forbid, James and the panel explore the ethics of protests, vaccines and consent in the midst of COVID-19.
9/19/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Lessons in leadership

What is true leadership all about - giving or taking? Serving others, or being served? On God Forbid, James and our panel of leadership experts find out. 
9/12/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Lessons in leadership

What is true leadership all about - giving or taking? Serving others, or being served? On God Forbid, James and our panel of leadership experts find out. 
9/12/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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How technology is changing the way we grieve

Is it possible to be biologically dead, but socially alive? What would that entail? On God Forbid, James and panel find out more about the digital afterlife. 
9/5/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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How technology is changing the way we grieve

Is it possible to be biologically dead, but socially alive? What would that entail? On God Forbid, James and panel find out more about the digital afterlife. 
9/5/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Confronting age prejudice

Is getting older a gift or a curse? What societal stigmas are attached to ageing? And how are older Australians coping during the COVID-19 pandemic? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel find out. 
8/29/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Confronting age prejudice

Is getting older a gift or a curse? What societal stigmas are attached to ageing? And how are older Australians coping during the COVID-19 pandemic? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel find out. 
8/29/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Exploring consciousness

The problem of consciousness – and how we understand it – has been reflected upon since preliterate times. So what is consciousness, and who has consciousness? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel find out for RN Science Week.
8/22/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Exploring consciousness

The problem of consciousness – and how we understand it – has been reflected upon since preliterate times. So what is consciousness, and who has consciousness? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel find out for RN Science Week.
8/22/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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After World War II – grief, loss and change

It’s been 75 years since World War II ended in the Pacific– a devastating tragedy marked by the death of 75 million people. But how did the world – and Australia more specifically – deal with the aftermath of the war?
8/15/202054 minutes, 5 seconds
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After World War II – grief, loss and change

It’s been 75 years since World War II ended in the Pacific– a devastating tragedy marked by the death of 75 million people. But how did the world – and Australia more specifically – deal with the aftermath of the war?
8/15/202054 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why sacred languages are important today

Why is it important to protect a diversity of languages? And what can ancient sacred languages reveal to us today? James Carleton and our panel of experts find out.
8/8/202054 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why sacred languages are important today

Why is it important to protect a diversity of languages? And what can ancient sacred languages reveal to us today? James Carleton and our panel of experts find out.
8/8/202054 minutes, 5 seconds
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Living with a disability in 2020

Some of the four million Australians who live with disability say that it’s the misperceptions of others that’s most difficult to face. For others, it’s access to the things that many of us take for granted. This week, James Carleton and the panel take a look at disability and the disability sector–what challenges still exist, and what can we do about them?
8/1/202053 minutes, 56 seconds
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Living with a disability in 2020

Some of the four million Australians who live with disability say that it’s the misperceptions of others that’s most difficult to face. For others, it’s access to the things that many of us take for granted. This week, James Carleton and the panel take a look at disability and the disability sector–what challenges still exist, and what can we do about them?
8/1/202053 minutes, 56 seconds
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Addiction – how spiritual practices help with seeking sobriety

For people of every faith – or none – whether you take alcohol or drugs is a big deal. But the rules vary wildly, even within a tradition. Some Christians include alcohol as a core part of their most sacred ritual, but other Christians forbid its use altogether. How come? James Carleton dives into what helps people choose to use, and how to stop.
7/25/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Addiction – how spiritual practices help with seeking sobriety

For people of every faith – or none – whether you take alcohol or drugs is a big deal. But the rules vary wildly, even within a tradition. Some Christians include alcohol as a core part of their most sacred ritual, but other Christians forbid its use altogether. How come? James Carleton dives into what helps people choose to use, and how to stop.
7/25/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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How your diet reveals what you believe

Food. It's more than just calories — it forms the very basis of our culture and community. The God Forbid panel discusses everything from fasting to feasting, chickpeas to cannibalism.
7/18/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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How your diet reveals what you believe

Food. It's more than just calories — it forms the very basis of our culture and community. The God Forbid panel discusses everything from fasting to feasting, chickpeas to cannibalism.
7/18/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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What's the point of interfaith dialogue?

Peaceful solutions to the world’s problems are hard to find — and religious tensions are part of the problem. What needs to happen so we can all share in the bounty of peace? James Carleton joins a panel of three people who have made interfaith dialogue their life's work.
7/11/202054 minutes, 4 seconds
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What's the point of interfaith dialogue?

Peaceful solutions to the world’s problems are hard to find — and religious tensions are part of the problem. What needs to happen so we can all share in the bounty of peace? James Carleton joins a panel of three people who have made interfaith dialogue their life's work.
7/11/202054 minutes, 4 seconds
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How can religious leaders take care of their mental health?

Religious clergy are supposed to provide comfort in times of crisis, which raises questions about who comforts the comforters. Today on God Forbid, James and the panel take a look at the wellbeing of faith leaders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
7/4/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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How can religious leaders take care of their mental health?

Religious clergy are supposed to provide comfort in times of crisis, which raises questions about who comforts the comforters. Today on God Forbid, James and the panel take a look at the wellbeing of faith leaders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
7/4/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Has the UN lived up to its promise 75 years on?

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the UN charter. From the ashes of World War II came the United Nations - one global intergovernmental body, with the goal of maintaining peace and goodwill among the nations of Earth. But has the UN lived up to what it stands for? On God Forbid, James and the panel examine the achievements, problems and purpose of the UN.
6/27/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Has the UN lived up to its promise 75 years on?

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the UN charter. From the ashes of World War II came the United Nations - one global intergovernmental body, with the goal of maintaining peace and goodwill among the nations of Earth. But has the UN lived up to what it stands for? On God Forbid, James and the panel examine the achievements, problems and purpose of the UN.
6/27/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why write your own story? The purpose and power of memoir

Whether we share it or not, we all have our own story: where we grew up, what we have experienced, who has shaped us - and how we piece it altogether. But why would someone pen that story, publish it and share it with the world? Is that an act of creativity, or vanity? On God Forbid, James and our panel of memoirists take a look at the power and purpose of memoirs.
6/20/202053 minutes, 52 seconds
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Why write your own story? The purpose and power of memoir

Whether we share it or not, we all have our own story: where we grew up, what we have experienced, who has shaped us - and how we piece it altogether. But why would someone pen that story, publish it and share it with the world? Is that an act of creativity, or vanity? On God Forbid, James and our panel of memoirists take a look at the power and purpose of memoirs.
6/20/202053 minutes, 52 seconds
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Faithful fashion — how can we make ethical choices about our clothing?

Did you know that Australians spend more on clothes, on average, than any other nation on earth, except America? For a warm nation, why do we need so many clothes – and what happens to the garments we chuck out? On God Forbid, James and the panel examine the impact of fast fashion – and making sustainable clothing choices.
6/13/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Faithful fashion — how can we make ethical choices about our clothing?

Did you know that Australians spend more on clothes, on average, than any other nation on earth, except America? For a warm nation, why do we need so many clothes – and what happens to the garments we chuck out? On God Forbid, James and the panel examine the impact of fast fashion – and making sustainable clothing choices.
6/13/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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How COVID-19 is impacting homelessness in Australia

COVID-19 has changed the way we live at home. But how has it changed for those who don't have a home? And is our definition of “homeless” an accurate reflection of what’s really going on? This week, James and panel explore the issue of homelessness in Australia.  
6/6/202053 minutes, 52 seconds
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How COVID-19 is impacting homelessness in Australia

COVID-19 has changed the way we live at home. But how has it changed for those who don't have a home? And is our definition of “homeless” an accurate reflection of what’s really going on? This week, James and panel explore the issue of homelessness in Australia.  
6/6/202053 minutes, 52 seconds
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Indigenous spirituality in a multicultural Australia

In secular society, it's easy to see life as compartmentalised. We work, then play, and - if we want - attend a religious service. But things weren’t always this way. Historically, and even globally today, Indigenous peoples share an interwoven and spiritual view of life. This National Reconciliation Week, James and the panel explore Indigenous Australian theology.  
5/30/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Indigenous spirituality in a multicultural Australia

In secular society, it's easy to see life as compartmentalised. We work, then play, and - if we want - attend a religious service. But things weren’t always this way. Historically, and even globally today, Indigenous peoples share an interwoven and spiritual view of life. This National Reconciliation Week, James and the panel explore Indigenous Australian theology.  
5/30/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Exploring Indonesia - faith, culture and politics

Over one million Australians visit Indonesia each year, but misconceptions about one of our closest neighbours abound. Indonesia has over 600 recognised ethnicities across 17,000 islands – it’s bigger than just Bali! James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore Indonesia’s diverse cultural and religious landscape.  
5/23/202053 minutes, 52 seconds
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Exploring Indonesia - faith, culture and politics

Over one million Australians visit Indonesia each year, but misconceptions about one of our closest neighbours abound. Indonesia has over 600 recognised ethnicities across 17,000 islands – it’s bigger than just Bali! James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore Indonesia’s diverse cultural and religious landscape.  
5/23/202053 minutes, 52 seconds
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Friendship, the forgotten love

A good friend will stick with you through the ups and downs of life. But why is friendship given so little attention compared to our other loves: romance, marriage and family? James and the panel explore why.  
5/16/202053 minutes, 4 seconds
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Friendship, the forgotten love

A good friend will stick with you through the ups and downs of life. But why is friendship given so little attention compared to our other loves: romance, marriage and family? James and the panel explore why.  
5/16/202053 minutes, 4 seconds
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Does the media ‘get’ religion?

Around the globe, religion continues to shape the personal lives of many, and plays a hand in world affairs. Arguably, it’s getting more important, not less. So why does Australia only have a handful of religion journalists? Today, James and the panel take a look at religion in the mainstream media.
5/9/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Does the media ‘get’ religion?

Around the globe, religion continues to shape the personal lives of many, and plays a hand in world affairs. Arguably, it’s getting more important, not less. So why does Australia only have a handful of religion journalists? Today, James and the panel take a look at religion in the mainstream media.
5/9/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Living through lament

This year has been filled with private and public calamity - we have survived isolation, infection, bushfires, floods or worse! Join James Carleton and the panel as they look at grief in the midst of calamity and change.
5/2/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Living through lament

This year has been filled with private and public calamity - we have survived isolation, infection, bushfires, floods or worse! Join James Carleton and the panel as they look at grief in the midst of calamity and change.
5/2/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Law and liberty in the time of coronavirus

Australia has enjoyed freedom of movement, of association, and access to public services for as long as many of us can remember. Those rights are now gone – or restricted – due to COVID-19. Today, James and the panel take a look at the rule of law versus liberty during the time of the coronavirus.
4/25/202050 minutes, 48 seconds
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Law and liberty in the time of coronavirus

Australia has enjoyed freedom of movement, of association, and access to public services for as long as many of us can remember. Those rights are now gone – or restricted – due to COVID-19. Today, James and the panel take a look at the rule of law versus liberty during the time of the coronavirus.
4/25/202050 minutes, 48 seconds
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In the company of one

This time of year is usually marked by gatherings and celebrations – but due to COVID-19 we’re going through a period of enforced isolation instead. Join James and our panel as they take a look at solitude – and whether there could be an upside to being alone.  
4/18/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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In the company of one

This time of year is usually marked by gatherings and celebrations – but due to COVID-19 we’re going through a period of enforced isolation instead. Join James and our panel as they take a look at solitude – and whether there could be an upside to being alone.  
4/18/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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The gift of a second chance

Oops! You’ve done wrong, and now you cannot pass Go, and you do not collect $200. We generally agree that to err is human, and to forgive is divine – but is forgiveness always possible? On the intersection of Passover and Easter, James Carleton explores what Jews and Christians think about the gift of a second chance.
4/11/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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The gift of a second chance

Oops! You’ve done wrong, and now you cannot pass Go, and you do not collect $200. We generally agree that to err is human, and to forgive is divine – but is forgiveness always possible? On the intersection of Passover and Easter, James Carleton explores what Jews and Christians think about the gift of a second chance.
4/11/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Leaving your faith behind

In strange and difficult times, trust and faith can be quickly gained – and lost. Join James Carleton and the panel as they talk about leaving and losing their faith.
4/4/202054 minutes, 2 seconds
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Leaving your faith behind

In strange and difficult times, trust and faith can be quickly gained – and lost. Join James Carleton and the panel as they talk about leaving and losing their faith.
4/4/202054 minutes, 2 seconds
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The COVID-19 conundrum

This week has left us with many unanswered questions: Are we so powerless that a microscopic bug can transform our world in weeks? And will the toilet paper in my house last the week? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine the ethical and moral questions of life in the time of coronavirus. 
3/28/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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The COVID-19 conundrum

This week has left us with many unanswered questions: Are we so powerless that a microscopic bug can transform our world in weeks? And will the toilet paper in my house last the week? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine the ethical and moral questions of life in the time of coronavirus. 
3/28/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Fun and games in sacred spaces

James Carleton and the God Forbid panel take a break from the crisis at hand to discuss how games and stories can enrich the spiritual lives of people no matter their age.
3/21/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Fun and games in sacred spaces

James Carleton and the God Forbid panel take a break from the crisis at hand to discuss how games and stories can enrich the spiritual lives of people no matter their age.
3/21/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Answering the call in a confusing world

No, not a phone call, but a vocational call – not to a career necessarily, but to fulfil your life’s purpose. How do you figure out what that is? There’s too much to choose from!
3/14/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Answering the call in a confusing world

No, not a phone call, but a vocational call – not to a career necessarily, but to fulfil your life’s purpose. How do you figure out what that is? There’s too much to choose from!
3/14/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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How women of faith are changing the culture

It’s International Women’s Day! Join Justine Toh and the panel as they celebrate women’s achievements, fight stereotypes and explore how religious commitment can help – rather than harm – the female cause.
3/7/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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How women of faith are changing the culture

It’s International Women’s Day! Join Justine Toh and the panel as they celebrate women’s achievements, fight stereotypes and explore how religious commitment can help – rather than harm – the female cause.
3/7/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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The spiritual crisis of parenting

People say there's nothing that can quite prepare you to be a parent. That's probably because through the highs and lows, you learn as much about the best (and worst) of yourself as you do about your child. Justine Toh and the God Forbid panel dwell on the spiritual lives of parents and children.
2/29/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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The spiritual crisis of parenting

People say there's nothing that can quite prepare you to be a parent. That's probably because through the highs and lows, you learn as much about the best (and worst) of yourself as you do about your child. Justine Toh and the God Forbid panel dwell on the spiritual lives of parents and children.
2/29/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why religions say humans have intrinsic value

Australia is a secular society, but there's a religious claim that forms part of the foundation of its liberal democratic values: That all people, regardless of circumstance, have intrinsic value. Judaism and Christianity claim every person is "made in the image of God", but what does this mean in practise? Guest host Justine Toh and the God Forbid panel discuss work, gender, ageing, disability and the need for rest.
2/22/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why religions say humans have intrinsic value

Australia is a secular society, but there's a religious claim that forms part of the foundation of its liberal democratic values: That all people, regardless of circumstance, have intrinsic value. Judaism and Christianity claim every person is "made in the image of God", but what does this mean in practise? Guest host Justine Toh and the God Forbid panel discuss work, gender, ageing, disability and the need for rest.
2/22/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Spiritual care in the midst of disaster

Disaster recovery chaplains have had their longest summer in years. The drought, bushfires and now floods have ravaged the country and left thousands in need of support. Guest host Justine Toh speaks with three disaster recovery chaplains who were deployed to spiritually support people in the midst of crisis.
2/15/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Spiritual care in the midst of disaster

Disaster recovery chaplains have had their longest summer in years. The drought, bushfires and now floods have ravaged the country and left thousands in need of support. Guest host Justine Toh speaks with three disaster recovery chaplains who were deployed to spiritually support people in the midst of crisis.
2/15/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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What Buddhism offers the West

Buddhism is one of the fastest-growing religions in the country, but it seems Australia is changing Buddhism just as much as Buddhism is changing Australia. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore enlightenment, suffering and Humanistic Buddhism.
2/8/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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What Buddhism offers the West

Buddhism is one of the fastest-growing religions in the country, but it seems Australia is changing Buddhism just as much as Buddhism is changing Australia. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel explore enlightenment, suffering and Humanistic Buddhism.
2/8/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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How medieval mystics shape faith today

For all history people claim to have mystical experiences - a sense of timeless oneness with the universe or with God. It's not proof of the existence of the divine, but there is something going on here. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine Rumi, seizures and the Cloud of Unknowing.
2/1/202054 minutes, 9 seconds
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How medieval mystics shape faith today

For all history people claim to have mystical experiences - a sense of timeless oneness with the universe or with God. It's not proof of the existence of the divine, but there is something going on here. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine Rumi, seizures and the Cloud of Unknowing.
2/1/202054 minutes, 9 seconds
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How do we know what we know?

If something is true, you should be able to prove it. Sounds reasonable, but is it correct? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel investigate the nature of knowledge and the philosophy of science.
1/25/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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How do we know what we know?

If something is true, you should be able to prove it. Sounds reasonable, but is it correct? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel investigate the nature of knowledge and the philosophy of science.
1/25/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is there life after grief?

All of us will experience grief and the loss of a loved one at some point in our lives, but why is it so hard to come to terms with? The God Forbid panel looks at grief and mortality.
1/18/202054 minutes, 5 seconds
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Is there life after grief?

All of us will experience grief and the loss of a loved one at some point in our lives, but why is it so hard to come to terms with? The God Forbid panel looks at grief and mortality.
1/18/202054 minutes, 5 seconds
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Finding moral leadership in a populist age

As confidence in our Westminster system of parliamentary democracy erodes, we seem to long for a leader — any leader — to save us. But no one person can be and do everything, and our politics was never designed to provide that kind of all-encompassing moral leadership. Will there ever be a saviour in the Lodge, or do we need to look elsewhere? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine how three different faiths view leadership.
1/11/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Finding moral leadership in a populist age

As confidence in our Westminster system of parliamentary democracy erodes, we seem to long for a leader — any leader — to save us. But no one person can be and do everything, and our politics was never designed to provide that kind of all-encompassing moral leadership. Will there ever be a saviour in the Lodge, or do we need to look elsewhere? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine how three different faiths view leadership.
1/11/202054 minutes, 8 seconds
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Small but mighty — Quakers and Buddhists

Sometimes small religions achieve extraordinary things. James Carleton is joined by a Quaker and a Zen Buddhist to explore how minority faiths can still have a big impact on society, even in the midst of persecution.
1/4/202054 minutes, 7 seconds
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Small but mighty — Quakers and Buddhists

Sometimes small religions achieve extraordinary things. James Carleton is joined by a Quaker and a Zen Buddhist to explore how minority faiths can still have a big impact on society, even in the midst of persecution.