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English, Religion, 1 season, 151 episodes, 3 days, 4 minutes
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The Religion and Ethics Report, where religion and ethics meet news and current affairs in Australia and around the world.
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Pope Pius XII and the secret history of IVF

The Vatican's secret role in the birth of IVF, how young is too young to visit Auschwitz? and did aid agencies get what they sought for in the federal budget?
5/15/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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How the sacking of a French nun caused church state tensions

Why the case of a nun has ignited church state tensions in France, Pope Francis' statement on human dignity joins the political left and right, and what motivates a terrorist, from a psychological perspective?
5/8/202428 minutes, 38 seconds
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Age verification for porn content, and what is cool Christianity?

Urgent calls to restrict access of children and teens to online porn, new research looks at safeguards that prevent child sexual abuse in churches, and what's the line between faith and entertainment culture?
5/1/202433 minutes, 13 seconds
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American Judaism at a crossroads, plus ritual and belonging

Is the so-called golden age of American Judaism over? And the factors considered important for national belonging, in Australia and abroad. 
4/24/202435 minutes, 33 seconds
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Tensions after knife attack in Sydney church, and the Bondi tragedy

Social tensions after knife attack on a bishop in a Sydney church, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community mourns Bondi stabbing victim Faraz Tahir, and leader of the Russian Orthodox Church officially declares invasion of Ukraine a "holy war."
4/17/202433 minutes, 33 seconds
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America's raunchy religious right, plus Islam and the environment

Why America's religious right is getting raunchy, a major Islamic statement on climate change is released, and the human rights Rabbi calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.
4/10/202435 minutes, 18 seconds
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The rise of matchmaking, and pursuing peace in the Middle East

Why is matchmaking growing in popularity among South Asian Americans?, and one Jewish leader's dedication to peace-building in the Middle East.
4/3/202428 minutes, 35 seconds
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The top secret life of a rogue Irish priest

Father Patrick Ryan was the embodiment of a typical village priest in Northern Ireland. But he lived a top secret life, because for almost 20 years, he worked undercover as a spy for the Irish Republican Army.
3/28/20240
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Why has Islamic State attacked Russia? and Easter in Gaza

Why has Islamic State targeted Russia?, Catholic priests in Hong Kong may be required to break the confessional seal, and Christians in Gaza mark Easter amid conflict.
3/27/202428 minutes, 35 seconds
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What if your boss could monitor your thoughts? And the war between mafia and priests

How developments in AI could be used and misused by employers, the war between mafia and priests in Italy, and religious concern over a possible change to a discrimination act.
3/20/202428 minutes, 33 seconds
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Why Pope Francis has triggered anger in Ukraine and Israel

Why has Pope Francis triggered anger in Ukraine and Israel? Plus, Putin's unlikely admirers.
3/13/202432 minutes, 22 seconds
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Women in India fight for equality in politics and society

In India, 49% of voters will be women in the national elections  — and they'll outstrip male voters by 2029. Join ABC's Avani Dias as she looks at this turning point in the country, the leaps and strides women have made, and the barriers still present today. 
3/6/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dangers of Gaza war continuing into holy month, and Catholics in Australia

Israel's offensive in Gaza during Ramadan could ignite a wider conflict, over 40% of students in Catholic high schools aren't Catholic, and rethinking the prison system. 
2/28/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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Indonesia's religious vote, anti-Zionism vs. anti-Semitism, and the Christian college backing Trump

How important was religion in Indonesia's recent election? Whend does anti-Zionism become anti-Semitism? Plus, the small Christian college backing Trump. 
2/21/202432 minutes, 16 seconds
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Concerns raised over false conversion of asylum seekers in UK, and what religious "nones" believe

Concerns have been raised over the false conversion of asylum seekers in the UK, why many religious "nones" still believe in a higher power, the Russian ideology of Eurasianism and its influence by Eastern Orthodox Christianity. 
2/14/202432 minutes, 36 seconds
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Imran Khan convicted of breaking Islamic marriage law, and the ethics of espionage

How President Biden's strong support for Israel could weaken Democratic support among Muslim voters, the ethics of espionage, and Imran Khan and wife Bushra Bibi convicted of breaking Islamic marriage law.
2/7/202428 minutes, 38 seconds
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How the CCP is using religion to spread its influence in Taiwan

How Beijing is allegedly using a popular folk religion to spread its influence in Taiwan. Also, sex industry survivor Rose Hunter is urging South Australian politicians to rethink their support for full decriminalisation of the trade.
1/31/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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What's the Biblical story of Amalek evoked by Netanyahu?

South Africa's international court case against Israel, Is the new Ram temple in Ayodhya a "Hindu Vatican"? and the Pope's statement on same-sex blessing and surrogacy.
1/24/202428 minutes, 35 seconds
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Summer season — The top secret life of a rogue Irish priest

Father Patrick Ryan was the embodiment of a typical village priest in Northern Ireland. But he lived a top secret life, because for almost 20 years, he worked undercover as a spy for the Irish Republican Army.
1/17/202428 minutes, 36 seconds
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Summer season — How the search for eastern spirituality went west

Along with the drug culture of the 1960s and 70s, there was also a serious search for enlightenment. Many people looked to the gurus and philosophies of eastern religions. Musicians such as The Beatles were particularly inspired.
1/10/202428 minutes, 37 seconds
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Summer season — The line between religious homage and appropriation

Have you hiked the Camino trail in Spain? Some of you may even tinker with a little Zen decor at home. But are these acts of curiosity, taste, or are they appropriating something deeply religious? 
1/3/202428 minutes, 37 seconds
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Summer season — Division in Israel's politics and society

New York Times correspondent Isabel Kershner's book explores the cultural and religious shifts in Israel, which she fears challenges the country's democratic ideals.
12/27/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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Summer season — The search for new redeemers in secular society

Even in a rapidly secularising Australia, it's a minority that totally reject the idea of a divine presence or saviour. So what replaces the God of the Bible?
12/20/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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The mixed legacy of Cold War liberalism

The Cold War liberals of the 1940s and 50s thought they were upholding the best ideals of Christianity. But Yale historian Samuel Moyn explains how their good ideas went grievously awry.
12/13/202333 minutes
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The significance of religion for African Australians, and building belonging in society

New report finds that for the vast number of Australians with African background, religion is "central to most aspects of their lives." Also, how can we build belonging in society?
12/6/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Religion in the Dutch and Polish elections, plus European politics and the Gaza war

Dutch nationalist Geert Wilders has historically had an anti-Islam and anti-immigration stance. And after last week's elections, he's closer to power than ever. Also, why centre-left European parties are conflicted over the Gaza war.
11/29/202328 minutes, 33 seconds
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Free speech in Finland, and the intriguing story around the JFK assassination

Finnish parliament member Paivi Rasanen has been cleared of legal charges brought against her for quoting the Bible, and the mystery around the priest who gave last rites to president John F Kennedy.
11/22/202329 minutes, 35 seconds
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Over 1.6 million Rohingya Muslims forced from Myanmar, and ethics in higher education

In the fog of two wars — in Gaza, and Ukraine — has the world lost sight of the humanitarian tragedy in Myanmar? And the US professor calling for compulsory ethics to be taught in higher education.
11/15/202328 minutes, 39 seconds
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War in Gaza could kindle a future wave of terrorism, and the priest who was a spy for the IRA

The war in Gaza is also having an effect in South Asia, one that could kindle another wave of terrorism. And the true story of the Irish priest involved in espionage and gun-running for the IRA. 
11/8/202338 minutes, 24 seconds
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The long-term impacts of war on Gaza children, and how Eastern spirituality went West

Almost 10,000 children have been killed or injured in Gaza. Tragically as well, there's the long-term impacts of war on children. We also look at how the west became enamoured with Indian spirituality. 
11/1/202335 minutes, 39 seconds
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Jerusalem Cardinal offers himself in hostage exchange, and Israel-Lebanon boarder bracing for war

Jerusalem's Catholic Cardinal has offered to exchange himself for the Israeli children that Hamas is holding hostage. The Israel-Lebanon boarder could become a dangerous flashpoint in the Gaza war, and what churchgoers think about climate change. 
10/25/202328 minutes, 39 seconds
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How international law impacts the Israel-Hamas conflict, and the Voice vote

Hamas' slaughter of 1400 Israelis was blood curdling. But how far should Israel go to avenge their murders? And what does international law say? How Sydney's diverse west voted on the Voice, and the devout Spanish city telling tourists to cover up. 
10/18/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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Will the Israel-Hamas war remake the Middle East?, and Pope Francis on same-sex blessings

After the terror attack by Hamas, Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu says he will eliminate Hamas and remake the Middle East. What's Iranian President Raisi's hardline political vision?, and the Pope on same-sex blessings.
10/11/202328 minutes, 30 seconds
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Putin's anti-Semitic turn, and addressing modern slavery in classrooms

Why Putin is turning to anti-Semitic rhetoric in his war on Ukraine, Notre Dame University has introduced a compulsory unit addressing modern slavery, and the misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan.
10/4/202332 minutes, 29 seconds
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Thousands of Armenians are fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh, and liberalism today

Thousands of Armenians are fleeing the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, how next month's Vatican summit could lead to the biggest power shake-up in the church in centuries, and does liberalism today have an elitist tinge?
9/27/202331 minutes, 28 seconds
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Will Malaysia become a fully Islamic society?, and ethics in leadership

There's growing pressure to reboot Malaysia as a fully Islamic society, do Australians think our institutions act ethically?, and why young Catholic women are more conservative than previous generations.
9/20/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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Will Japan dissolve the Moonies?, and a rare look into the Exclusive Brethren

The Unification Church in Japan is at risk of being dissolved. Are Australian Jews supportive of Israel? And a rare look into the Exclusive Brethren sect.
9/13/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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Can there be a "colour-blind" anti-racism?

Black American scholar Tyler Austin Harper addresses today's anti-racism movement. And is religion in China booming?
9/6/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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FBI monitors Catholic traditionalist churches, Pope in Mongolia and Malaysian politics and religion

The FBI has been monitoring traditionalist Catholics for possible political extremism. Why is Pope Francis visiting Mongolia? And is Malaysian politics becoming more Islamist?
8/30/202328 minutes, 39 seconds
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Afghanistan two years under the Taliban, more nations in need, and Robert Bellah's civil theology

Afghanistan under the Taliban two years the international withdrawal. More nations are in dire need says the aid organisation Compassion Australia, And the legacy of sociologist and religious scholar Robert Bellah.
8/23/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Israel's battle for its soul, Christians harassed at Via Dolorosa

Isobel Kershner's new book, Land of Hope and Fear: Israel’s Battle for its Inner Soul explores what she fears is the unravelling of the state's social fabric.  In recent months, pilgrims walking Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa have come under increasing harassment, even attack. Francis Martin of The Church Times describes what he saw on a recent visit.
8/16/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Religious liberty in the EU, criticism of Sound of Freedom movie, and the pitfalls of interfaith marriage.

A report claims minority religions are target of new restrictive laws and policies, particularly in France. Sound of Freedom is criticised for its portrayal of human trafficking. And the ups and downs of inter-faith marriage.
8/9/202328 minutes, 40 seconds
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Religious liberty in the EU, criticism of Sound of Freedom movie, and the pitfalls of interfaith marriage.

A report claims minority religions are target of new restrictive laws and policies, particularly in France. Sound of Freedom is criticised for its portrayal of human trafficking. And the ups and downs of inter-faith marriage.
8/9/202328 minutes, 40 seconds
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The religious, cultural impact of urban planning, Ultra right youth in Europe, Southern Baptist Convention and female pastors

What is the impact of new migrants being pushed into particular suburbs because there is insufficient housing in more established areas? Why are more young people supporting alt-right parties in Europe? And the background to the Southern Baptist Convention expelling churches that ordain women.
8/2/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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The religious, cultural impact of urban planning, Ultra right youth in Europe, Southern Baptist Convention and female pastors

What is the impact of new migrants being pushed into particular suburbs because there is insufficient housing in more established areas? Why are more young people supporting alt-right parties in Europe? And the background to the Southern Baptist Convention expelling churches that ordain women.
8/2/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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German Catholics leaving the church, Barbie movie censored, and religious roots of wokeness

It's reported that one in three Catholics are considering leaving the church in Germany. Why? Also, why the Barbie film release was delayed in a province of Pakistan. And, is being a social justice campaigner in the spirit of Protestant ethics?
7/26/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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German Catholics leaving the church, Barbie movie censored, and religious roots of wokeness

It's reported that one in three Catholics are considering leaving the church in Germany. Why? Also, why the Barbie film release was delayed in a province of Pakistan. And, is being a social justice campaigner in the spirit of Protestant ethics?
7/26/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Amish toilets case, Senate scrutiny on consulting firms, and Hindu nationalism in the diaspora

An Amish community in Minnesota has won the right not to install septic tanks on their land, despite a local government law. The Senate is scrutinising the role and ethics of consulting firms, and is Hindu nationalism on the rise in the Indian diaspora?
7/19/20230
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Amish toilets case, Senate scrutiny on consulting firms, and Hindu nationalism in the diaspora

An Amish community in Minnesota has won the right not to install septic tanks on their land, despite a local government law. The Senate is scrutinising the role and ethics of consulting firms, and is Hindu nationalism on the rise in the Indian diaspora?
7/19/20230
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The ethics of cluster bombs, UN peacekeeping force proposal; NSW Parliament to debate Self ID laws

What are the ethics of using cluster bomb munitions? What could a permanent UN peacekeeping army achieve? And NSW Parliament to debate gender Self ID laws.
7/12/202330 minutes, 25 seconds
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The ethics of cluster bombs, UN peacekeeping force proposal; NSW Parliament to debate Self ID laws

What are the ethics of using cluster bomb munitions? What could a permanent UN peacekeeping army achieve? And NSW Parliament to debate gender Self ID laws.
7/12/202330 minutes, 25 seconds
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Anti-corruption and the perils of transactional politics

With a national focus on anti-corruption, is there a risk we could criminalise politics — which, by its very nature, is so often transactional? And, the significant demand for one faith-based organisation's financial hardship support program.
7/5/202329 minutes, 30 seconds
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Anti-corruption and the perils of transactional politics

With a national focus on anti-corruption, is there a risk we could criminalise politics — which, by its very nature, is so often transactional? And, the significant demand for one faith-based organisation's financial hardship support program.
7/5/202329 minutes, 30 seconds
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What's in Russia's secret "spiritual security" document?

Buried deep inside key Russian security documents is the doctrine of so-called "spiritual security." And are the vicars of England about to walk out of their pulpits and onto the picket line?
6/28/202331 minutes, 4 seconds
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What's in Russia's secret "spiritual security" document?

Buried deep inside key Russian security documents is the doctrine of so-called "spiritual security." And are the vicars of England about to walk out of their pulpits and onto the picket line?
6/28/202331 minutes, 4 seconds
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Over 40,000 trapped in modern slavery in Australia

Human rights commissioner Lorraine Finlay is calling on the federal government to do more to combat modern slavery, and how dowries are fuelling a tide of violence against women in India.
6/21/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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Over 40,000 trapped in modern slavery in Australia

Human rights commissioner Lorraine Finlay is calling on the federal government to do more to combat modern slavery, and how dowries are fuelling a tide of violence against women in India.
6/21/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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Pope Francis takes on trolls and tribalism

Pope Francis is fighting on three fronts – recovering from serious surgery, bringing peace to the war on Ukraine, and calming the vitriol consuming social media. And, are we building a virtuous society?
6/14/202330 minutes, 58 seconds
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Pope Francis takes on trolls and tribalism

Pope Francis is fighting on three fronts – recovering from serious surgery, bringing peace to the war on Ukraine, and calming the vitriol consuming social media. And, are we building a virtuous society?
6/14/202330 minutes, 58 seconds
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DeSantis, Trump and the fight for religious voters

Can DeSantis and Pence draw religious voters away from Trump?, why Hispanic Americans are leaving Catholicism, and to how will AI chatbots change religion? 
6/7/202333 minutes, 31 seconds
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DeSantis, Trump and the fight for religious voters

Can DeSantis and Pence draw religious voters away from Trump?, why Hispanic Americans are leaving Catholicism, and to how will AI chatbots change religion? 
6/7/202333 minutes, 31 seconds
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Number of internally displaced people at record high

The number of internally displaced people reaches record high in 2022, why the Archbishop of Canterbury has been named an influential progressive, and is society searching for saviours?
5/31/202332 minutes, 29 seconds
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Number of internally displaced people at record high

The number of internally displaced people reaches record high in 2022, why the Archbishop of Canterbury has been named an influential progressive, and is society searching for saviours?
5/31/202332 minutes, 29 seconds
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Narendra Modi and the Australian Indian diaspora

How popular is the Indian PM with Australia's Indian diaspora? Very, if his reception in Sydney is a gauge.
5/24/202328 minutes, 34 seconds
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Narendra Modi and the Australian Indian diaspora

How popular is the Indian PM with Australia's Indian diaspora? Very, if his reception in Sydney is a gauge.
5/24/202328 minutes, 34 seconds
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Concerns over Calvary hospital's takeover

The takeover of Calvary Public Hospital in Canberra raises questions over the independence of faith-based institutions. And we meet two fathers united over grief and a pursuit for peace in Israel-Palestine.
5/17/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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Concerns over Calvary hospital's takeover

The takeover of Calvary Public Hospital in Canberra raises questions over the independence of faith-based institutions. And we meet two fathers united over grief and a pursuit for peace in Israel-Palestine.
5/17/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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Islam vs liberalism in Türkiye's elections

Türkiye’s ruling AKP party, led by President Erdoğan, has been trying to frame the election as a contest between Sunni Islam and western liberalism. Also, why Catholicism has a strong cultural grip on Australia, despite waning religious observance.
5/10/202330 minutes, 22 seconds
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Islam vs liberalism in Türkiye's elections

Türkiye’s ruling AKP party, led by President Erdoğan, has been trying to frame the election as a contest between Sunni Islam and western liberalism. Also, why Catholicism has a strong cultural grip on Australia, despite waning religious observance.
5/10/202330 minutes, 22 seconds
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How the coronation will reflect a diverse Britain

For all the pomp and statecraft, the coronation is essentially a religious event, and traditionally Anglican. But this coronation will have elements reflecting a modern — and religiously diverse — Britain.
5/3/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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How the coronation will reflect a diverse Britain

For all the pomp and statecraft, the coronation is essentially a religious event, and traditionally Anglican. But this coronation will have elements reflecting a modern — and religiously diverse — Britain.
5/3/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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When does religious homage become appropriation?

Have you hiked the Camino trail in Spain? Some of you may even tinker with a little Zen decor at home. But are these acts of curiosity, taste, or are they appropriating something deeply religious? 
4/26/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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When does religious homage become appropriation?

Have you hiked the Camino trail in Spain? Some of you may even tinker with a little Zen decor at home. But are these acts of curiosity, taste, or are they appropriating something deeply religious? 
4/26/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Split in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church poses threat to peace

A split among Ethiopia's Orthodox leaders could threaten peace in the war-torn nation. And Myanmar's Buddhist monks are divided over whether to voice their support or opposition to the military dictatorship. 
4/19/202331 minutes, 29 seconds
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Split in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church poses threat to peace

A split among Ethiopia's Orthodox leaders could threaten peace in the war-torn nation. And Myanmar's Buddhist monks are divided over whether to voice their support or opposition to the military dictatorship. 
4/19/202331 minutes, 29 seconds
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Diversity on the rise in UK politics

Is multiculturalism flourishing in UK politics?, Why peace is so elusive in Israel Palestine, and how Australia came to be a WEIRD nation.
4/12/202331 minutes, 30 seconds
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Diversity on the rise in UK politics

Is multiculturalism flourishing in UK politics? Why peace is so elusive in Israel Palestine, and how Australia came to be a WEIRD nation.
4/12/202331 minutes, 30 seconds
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The dangers of Christian nationalism

According to a recent survey, 45% of Americans say the US should be a Christian nation. There's differing views on what that means, but some Republican politicians now call themselves "Christian nationalists." This includes far-right congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. We explore why this is a troubling trend.
4/6/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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The dangers of Christian nationalism

According to a recent survey, 45% of Americans say the US should be a Christian nation. There's differing views on what that means, but some Republican politicians now call themselves "Christian nationalists." This includes far-right congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. We explore why this is a troubling trend.
4/6/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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The spiritual case for the Uluru Statement

Why the Uluru Statement from the Heart is a religious call from First Nations peoples, and how race has influenced religion and politics in the US.
4/5/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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The spiritual case for the Uluru Statement

Why the Uluru Statement from the Heart is a religious call from First Nations peoples, and how race has influenced religion and politics in the US.
4/5/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Is Israel headed towards civil war?

Child exploitation is a hidden, but huge problem in cocoa industry. Is Israel really on the brink of a civil war?, and new report finds Muslims were abused online during the covid pandemic.
3/29/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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Is Israel headed towards civil war?

Child exploitation is a hidden, but huge problem in cocoa industry. Is Israel really on the brink of a civil war?, and new report finds Muslims were abused online during the covid pandemic.
3/29/202328 minutes, 38 seconds
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How can we address ignorance about Nazism's monstrous history; and 20 years on — The US invasion of Iraq

The Andrews government is legislating a ban on the Nazi salute, after 30 neo-Nazis performed the hate symbol outside Victoria’s parliament house. But will a law overcome a growing popular ignorance of Nazism and its monstrous history?; and the US invasion of Iraq, twenty years on.
3/22/202330 minutes
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How can we address ignorance about Nazism's monstrous history; and 20 years on — The US invasion of Iraq

The Andrews government is legislating a ban on the Nazi salute, after 30 neo-Nazis performed the hate symbol outside Victoria’s parliament house. But will a law overcome a growing popular ignorance of Nazism and its monstrous history?; and the US invasion of Iraq, twenty years on.
3/22/202330 minutes
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Could religious participation lead to less 'deaths of despair'?, Women over 45 are at increasing risk of homelessness, and more

Could religious participation lead to less 'deaths of despair'?, Women aged over 45 are at growing risk of experiencing homelessness; and Scottish politician Kate Forbes and the role of personal faith in politics. 
3/14/202330 minutes
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Could religious participation lead to less 'deaths of despair'?, Women over 45 are at increasing risk of homelessness, and more

Could religious participation lead to less 'deaths of despair'?, Women aged over 45 are at growing risk of experiencing homelessness; and Scottish politician Kate Forbes and the role of personal faith in politics. 
3/14/202330 minutes
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What concerns do Catholic women have?; and why the care economy is unequal

What do Catholic women want? Over 17,000 women from 104 countries have spoken in the largest survey of Catholic women ever undertaken. Also, what is the "care economy" – and how is it a hurdle in the way of women's equality?
3/8/202330 minutes
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What concerns do Catholic women have?; and why the care economy is unequal

What do Catholic women want? Over 17,000 women from 104 countries have spoken in the largest survey of Catholic women ever undertaken. Also, what is the "care economy" – and how is it a hurdle in the way of women's equality?
3/8/202330 minutes
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How can we make political debates more constructive?; Confronting the ecology crisis, and more

Why presidential candidate Nikki Haley's faith background is capturing attention; how can we create a more civil and constructive environment for political debate?; and how the world's religions can help us confront the ecological crisis. 
3/1/202330 minutes
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How can we make political debates more constructive?; Confronting the ecology crisis, and more

Why presidential candidate Nikki Haley's faith background is capturing attention; how can we create a more civil and constructive environment for political debate?; and how the world's religions can help us confront the ecological crisis. 
3/1/202330 minutes
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How Türkiye's religious authorities have responded to the devastating earthquakes; the Vatican's interest in AI, and more

How have Türkiye's religious authorities responded to the devastating earthquakes; why is the Vatican interested in AI?; and what happens when celebrity collides with Christianity?
2/22/202330 minutes
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How Türkiye's religious authorities have responded to the devastating earthquakes; the Vatican's interest in AI, and more

How have Türkiye's religious authorities responded to the devastating earthquakes; why is the Vatican interested in AI?; and what happens when celebrity collides with Christianity?
2/22/202330 minutes
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Do 'humane wars' prolong conflict?, and have Hindu nationalists hijacked Bollywood?

Does the pursuit of so-called 'humane war' make conflict more frequent and long-lasting?; and are Hindu Nationalists hijacking the Bollywood industry?
2/15/202330 minutes
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Do 'humane wars' prolong conflict?, and have Hindu nationalists hijacked Bollywood?

Does the pursuit of so-called 'humane war' make conflict more frequent and long-lasting?; and are Hindu Nationalists hijacking the Bollywood industry?
2/15/202330 minutes
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Man faces court in Malta after sharing his story of being ex-gay; and the Vatican's most influential women

Malta was one of the first countries in the world to outlaw gay conversion practices. So what happens when a young man goes on a popular TV show, then a radio show, and shares his experience of being no longer gay because he found God? That's the story of Matthew Grech, whose case has been brought to court; and more.
2/8/202330 minutes
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Man faces court in Malta after sharing his story of being ex-gay; and the Vatican's most influential women

Malta was one of the first countries in the world to outlaw gay conversion practices. So what happens when a young man goes on a popular TV show, then a radio show, and shares his experience of being no longer gay because he found God? That's the story of Matthew Grech, whose case has been brought to court; and more.
2/8/202330 minutes
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Will there be another Palestinian uprising?, and the controversy over Islamic artworks at Hamline University

The spiral of violence is worsening in Israel and the Palestinian territories, could this be the start of a third intifada?; and a debate over Islamic art at one of America's oldest universities raises questions over academic freedom and whether images of the Prophet Muhammad can ever be shown.
2/1/202330 minutes
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Will there be another Palestinian uprising?, and the controversy over Islamic artworks at Hamline University

The spiral of violence is worsening in Israel and the Palestinian territories, could this be the start of a third intifada?; and a debate over Islamic art at one of America's oldest universities raises questions over academic freedom and whether images of the Prophet Muhammad can ever be shown.
2/1/202330 minutes
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Sikh diaspora will vote to establish separate Sikh state in India, and Cardinal Pell's searing critique of the Pope

Australian Sikhs, along with millions of others around the world, will vote in a referendum to establish a separate Sikh state in India; In the days after his death, it was revealed that Cardinal George Pell was the author of a searing critique of Pope Francis. So what motivated these claims?; and more.
1/25/202330 minutes
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Sikh diaspora will vote to establish separate Sikh state in India, and Cardinal Pell's searing critique of the Pope

Australian Sikhs, along with millions of others around the world, will vote in a referendum to establish a separate Sikh state in India; In the days after his death, it was revealed that Cardinal George Pell was the author of a searing critique of Pope Francis. So what motivated these claims?; and more.
1/25/202330 minutes
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The consequences of the sexual revolution

Has the sexual revolution that began in the early 60s had unintended – and possibly damaging – consequences? It gave women sexual freedom but did it also liberate men from the consequences of their own behaviour?
1/18/202330 minutes
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The consequences of the sexual revolution

Has the sexual revolution that began in the early 60s had unintended – and possibly damaging – consequences? It gave women sexual freedom but did it also liberate men from the consequences of their own behaviour?
1/18/202330 minutes
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Cardinal George Pell's death and the future of the Catholic Church

Cardinal George Pell died at the age of 81 from heart complications following hip surgery. So what is the future of the Catholic Church following the passing away of two staunch conservatives – the former Pope Benedict XVI and George Pell?
1/11/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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Cardinal George Pell's death and the future of the Catholic Church

Cardinal George Pell died at the age of 81 from heart complications following hip surgery. So what is the future of the Catholic Church following the passing away of two staunch conservatives – the former Pope Benedict XVI and George Pell?
1/11/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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The fear of Black Consciousness

Jordan Peele's 2017 film 'Get Out' was a modern day horror movie, where the bodies of black people were stolen and their souls removed. For Afro-Jewish philosopher Lewis Gordon, it's an allegory for race, and what he calls the Fear of Black Consciousness.
1/4/202330 minutes
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The fear of Black Consciousness

Jordan Peele's 2017 film 'Get Out' was a modern day horror movie, where the bodies of black people were stolen and their souls removed. For Afro-Jewish philosopher Lewis Gordon, it's an allegory for race, and what he calls the Fear of Black Consciousness.
1/4/202330 minutes
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Miroslav Volf on forgiveness, faith and remembering history rightly

We explore the question of forgiveness — including one of the most pressing — is it ever possible for a Ukrainian to forgive Vladimir Putin? And what does it take to break the cycle of vengeance and resentment?
12/28/202230 minutes
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Miroslav Volf on forgiveness, faith and remembering history rightly

We explore the question of forgiveness — including one of the most pressing — is it ever possible for a Ukrainian to forgive Vladimir Putin? And what does it take to break the cycle of vengeance and resentment?
12/28/202230 minutes
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Pentecostal Christianity and the Hillsong Empire

Pentecostal Christianity is in a three-way race with Islam and Hinduism to become the world's fastest growing religion. In the English-speaking world, one of its biggest names is the Hillsong church. In the past year it's hit turbulence with the departure of its charismatic, and at times controversial, founder Brian Houston.
12/20/202230 minutes
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Pentecostal Christianity and the Hillsong Empire

Pentecostal Christianity is in a three-way race with Islam and Hinduism to become the world's fastest growing religion. In the English-speaking world, one of its biggest names is the Hillsong church. In the past year it's hit turbulence with the departure of its charismatic, and at times controversial, founder Brian Houston.
12/20/202230 minutes
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Indonesia's strict sex laws, and 2022 in review — is it time for redemption and renewal?

A spat has broken out between Indonesia and the UN after the parliament in the world's biggest Muslim nation passed a new criminal code that includes tougher laws on sex; And 2022 has been a year of political change in Australia, war in Europe, and a pandemic that isn’t going away. But can we see in this time of turmoil, the opportunity for religious themes like redemption and renewal?
12/14/202230 minutes
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Indonesia's strict sex laws, and 2022 in review — is it time for redemption and renewal?

A spat has broken out between Indonesia and the UN after the parliament in the world's biggest Muslim nation passed a new criminal code that includes tougher laws on sex; And 2022 has been a year of political change in Australia, war in Europe, and a pandemic that isn’t going away. But can we see in this time of turmoil, the opportunity for religious themes like redemption and renewal?
12/14/202230 minutes
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Protests in China are about more than COVID; COVID's impact on religious communities; and Britain's next coronation

Why protests over COVID restrictions in China carry another message for leader Xi Jinping; New research reveals how religious communities around the world were affected by COVID restrictions; and will the coronation of King Charles III reflect a modern Britian with diverse beliefs?
12/7/202230 minutes
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Protests in China are about more than COVID; COVID's impact on religious communities; and Britain's next coronation

Why protests over COVID restrictions in China carry another message for leader Xi Jinping; New research reveals how religious communities around the world were affected by COVID restrictions; and will the coronation of King Charles III reflect a modern Britian with diverse beliefs?
12/7/202230 minutes
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Why the Hillsong empire faces turmoil; and when does religious homage become appropriation?

Why is the global Hillsong empire facing turmoil, and what is its future?; And when does religious homage become appropriation?
11/30/20220
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Why the Hillsong empire faces turmoil; and when does religious homage become appropriation?

Why is the global Hillsong empire facing turmoil, and what is its future?; And when does religious homage become appropriation?
11/30/20220
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Netanyahu's road blocks, Americans appoint controversial new Catholic leader, and should healthcare workers be allowed to conscientiously vote?

Right-wing parties won a clear victory in Israel’s recent election. But forming a government, is proving much harder than the presumptive prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, expected. American Catholics have a conservative new leader and should healthcare workers have the right to opt out of procedures they are ethically opposed to, even they're enshrined in law? 
11/23/202230 minutes
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Netanyahu's road blocks, Americans appoint controversial new Catholic leader, and should healthcare workers be allowed to conscientiously vote?

Right-wing parties won a clear victory in Israel’s recent election. But forming a government, is proving much harder than the presumptive prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, expected. American Catholics have a conservative new leader and should healthcare workers have the right to opt out of procedures they are ethically opposed to, even they're enshrined in law? 
11/23/202230 minutes
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American Muslim candidates make historic gains in US politics, Israel's far-right, and should players boycott the world cup?

American Muslim candidates have made historic gains in the US mid-term elections; Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu will form a government relying on orthodox religious parties but also the far-right 'Religious Zionists' group; and we look at whether players and spectators should boycott the World Cup in Qatar. 
11/16/202230 minutes
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American Muslim candidates make historic gains in US politics, Israel's far-right, and should players boycott the world cup?

American Muslim candidates have made historic gains in the US mid-term elections; Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu will form a government relying on orthodox religious parties but also the far-right 'Religious Zionists' group; and we look at whether players and spectators should boycott the World Cup in Qatar. 
11/16/202230 minutes
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Preventing modern slavery in supply chains; Has Hindu nationalism hijacked Bollywood? and more

Australia has signed an agreement with Thailand to fight human trafficking, but do we need to do more to ensure there's no exploited labour in Australia's supply chains?; Are Hindu nationalists hijacking the Bollywood industry?; and more. 
11/9/202230 minutes
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Preventing modern slavery in supply chains; Has Hindu nationalism hijacked Bollywood? and more

Australia has signed an agreement with Thailand to fight human trafficking, but do we need to do more to ensure there's no exploited labour in Australia's supply chains?; Are Hindu nationalists hijacking the Bollywood industry?; and more. 
11/9/202230 minutes
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Preventing sex trafficking in Australia, and the dangers of Christian nationalism

This week, Nine media reported that crime bosses are using loopholes in Australia’s immigration system to run a prostitution ring involving possibly hundreds of vulnerable migrant women; Some U.S. Republican politicians now call themselves "Christian nationalists" — why is this a deeply troubling trend?
11/2/202230 minutes
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Preventing sex trafficking in Australia, and the dangers of Christian nationalism

This week, Nine media reported that crime bosses are using loopholes in Australia’s immigration system to run a prostitution ring involving possibly hundreds of vulnerable migrant women; Some U.S. Republican politicians now call themselves "Christian nationalists" — why is this a deeply troubling trend?
11/2/202230 minutes
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Britain's first Hindu PM Rishi Sunak, the far-right in Israel's elections, and commercial surrogacy debate reignited

What significance does Rishi Sunak's appointment as PM have for the British South Asian diaspora?; Israel's elections and the rise of the far-right; and a New York case brought before the employment tribunal has reopened a debate about commercial surrogacy.
10/26/202230 minutes
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Britain's first Hindu PM Rishi Sunak, the far-right in Israel's elections, and commercial surrogacy debate reignited

What significance does Rishi Sunak's appointment as PM have for the British South Asian diaspora?; Israel's elections and the rise of the far-right; and a New York case brought before the employment tribunal has reopened a debate about commercial surrogacy.
10/26/202230 minutes
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Policy change on Israel's capital, Putin's war crimes, and Christians on transhumanism

What are the implications of the Albanese government's decision to reverse the previous government's position on recognising West Jerusalem?; a joint UN investigation accuses Russia of gross human rights abuses; and what do Christians think about transhumanism?
10/19/20220
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Policy change on Israel's capital, Putin's war crimes, and Christians on transhumanism

What are the implications of the Albanese government's decision to reverse the previous government's position on recognising West Jerusalem?; a joint UN investigation accuses Russia of gross human rights abuses; and what do Christians think about transhumanism?
10/19/20220
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What's at the heart of protests in Iran, Does Andrew Thorburn have a legal case?, and who is the average Australian churchgoer?

Protests have convulsed Iran for three weeks and counting, Does Thorburn have a legal case?, and a recent survey has surprising findings on today's average Australian churchgoer.
10/12/202230 minutes
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What's at the heart of protests in Iran, Does Andrew Thorburn have a legal case?, and who is the average Australian churchgoer?

Protests have convulsed Iran for three weeks and counting, Does Thorburn have a legal case?, and a recent survey has surprising findings on today's average Australian churchgoer.
10/12/202230 minutes
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Faith vs football, Is social justice a new religion?, and the nationalist backlash in Europe

Andrew Thorburn has stepped down as Essendon football club's CEO, due to his connection with a conservative Melbourne church; Is social justice becoming a new religion?; And, has the tide of right-wing nationalism sweeping Europe reached its peak?
10/5/202230 minutes
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Faith vs football, Is social justice a new religion?, and the nationalist backlash in Europe

Andrew Thorburn has stepped down as Essendon football club's CEO, due to his connection with a conservative Melbourne church; Is social justice becoming a new religion?; And, has the tide of right-wing nationalism sweeping Europe reached its peak?
10/5/202230 minutes
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Mahsa Amini's death in custody, tackling Australia's 'parasitic' gambling industry, and Kenya's first evangelical president

The recent death in custody of young woman Mahsa Amini has thrust Iran back a generation;  two leading Australian clergy have begun a campaign to tighten restrictions on the 'parasitic' gambling industry; and Kenya's William Ruto is the country's first evangelical president.
9/28/202230 minutes
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Mahsa Amini's death in custody, tackling Australia's 'parasitic' gambling industry, and Kenya's first evangelical president

The recent death in custody of young woman Mahsa Amini has thrust Iran back a generation;  two leading Australian clergy have begun a campaign to tighten restrictions on the 'parasitic' gambling industry; and Kenya's William Ruto is the country's first evangelical president.
9/28/202230 minutes
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The religious undertones of Italy's far-right, plus Charles III's green politics

How does religion play into the politics of the far-right in Italy? The party that's leading in the polls is the 'Brothers of Italy,' and their leader is Giorgia Meloni. Plus, the political worldview of Charles III, and how he must deal with a colonial legacy.
9/21/202230 minutes
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The religious undertones of Italy's far-right, plus Charles III's green politics

How does religion play into the politics of the far-right in Italy? The party that's leading in the polls is the 'Brothers of Italy,' and their leader is Giorgia Meloni. Plus, the political worldview of Charles III, and how he must deal with a colonial legacy.
9/21/202230 minutes
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Charles III's clashes with the Church of England, and the late Queen's faith

Why does King Charles III, who now has the title of Defender of the Faith, need to reassure people of his loyalty to the Church of England?; Also the late Queen's public and private faith.
9/14/202230 minutes
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Charles III's clashes with the Church of England, and the late Queen's faith

Why does King Charles III, who now has the title of Defender of the Faith, need to reassure people of his loyalty to the Church of England?; Also the late Queen's public and private faith.
9/14/202230 minutes
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New research on sex lives and religious belief, plus the consequences of the sexual revolution

This may surprise you — those with strong religious beliefs have more satisfying sex lives according to a new paper. Also, has the sexual revolution that began in the 60s had unintended – and possibly damaging – consequences?
9/7/202230 minutes
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The Pope's new cardinals, competition around the Black Sea, and human trafficking in Timor Leste

The Pope has named 20 new cardinals who will one day choose his successor. What do we know about them? Also we look at the religious, ethnic and cultural competition around the Black Sea, and countering human trafficking in Timor Leste.
8/31/202230 minutes
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Russia's Alexander Dugin, right-wing extremism on the rise, plus Amartya Sen

Who is Russia's Alexander Dugin?, Why has there been a 300% increase in right-wing extremism around the globe?, and Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen on a place to belong.
8/24/202230 minutes
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Breakaway Anglican diocese in Australia, Salman Rushdie, and courageous conversations about race

A breakaway Australian diocese of the Anglican Church has been announced; the attack on Salman Rushdie and fatwas; and how to have courageous conversations about race.
8/17/202230 minutes
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Strategic ambiguity over Taiwan, the 'spiritual' war on gangs in El Salvador, and philosopher Charles Taylor pt2

The stand-off over Taiwan raises ethical questions over what it means to adopt a strategy of ambiguity. What happens when that ethical ambiguity fails, and are we seeing that now? Also, why the war on gangs in El Salvador is being framed as a spiritual battle.
8/10/202230 minutes
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The killing of Al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri, the vote on an Indigenous Voice and renowned philosopher Charles Taylor

Al Qaeda mastermind and former deputy to Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed in a US drone strike. Another leader is gone, but the terrorist group still persists. At the core of groups like Al Qaeda is an idea of radical Islam, that more often than not, targets other Muslims. With Professor Amin Saikal.
8/3/202228 minutes, 36 seconds
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Is democracy under siege? With political scientist Francis Fukuyama

At the end of the Cold War, Political Scientist Francis Fukuyama declared the end of history — liberalism and democracy, he said, had triumphed over communism. Fast forward: how does that look today?
7/27/202229 minutes, 38 seconds
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Abe's assassination, religion and violence in Ethiopia, and Mawunyo Gbogbo's memoir

The man charged with former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's assassination was motivated by a grudge against the Unification Church. Abe has been linked to the church, which also reaches into politics in Japan — but it's not the only religious organisation that he and his party have been linked to. Koichi Nakano is Professor of Political Science at Sophia University in Tokyo. 
7/20/202229 minutes, 41 seconds
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Sri Lanka's leadership crisis, Biden's Saudi trip, Stan Grant Snr, and women in the Catholic church

President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled the country after protests and an ongoing economic crisis. Where does this leave the country which has been riven by ethnic and religious division, but is now coming together with a voice of anger? ABC's South Asia correspondent Avani Dias has been keeping a close eye on the situation.
7/13/202230 minutes, 40 seconds
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What's the future of the Catholic Church in Australia?

Tensions emerged during this weeks' national Plenary Council as bishops overruled the people's votes. At one point the bishops rejected women-in-leadership motions, including ordination to diaconate. Women's leadership was only one contentious issue. A special program recorded at the second assembly of the Plenary Council.
7/6/202228 minutes, 36 seconds
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'No religion' rising, Christian sway in US court, and the Plenary Council

What does the rise of 'no religion' mean for Australia's legal system and society? Plus, a look at the Christian right's sway on the US Supreme Court. And, Archbishop Mark Coleridge discusses the long-awaited second Catholic Plenary.
6/29/202239 minutes, 56 seconds
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Why Gandhi's killer is being revered in India, plus religion and violence in South Asia

Why is the man who assassinated Gandhi — Nathuram Godse — becoming a celebrated figure amongst some in India today? Plus, religion, identity and extremism in South Asia today.
6/22/202231 minutes, 5 seconds