Ethics & Religion

This matter of Christmas and hope

On 19 December, the ABC online ran an essay by Stan Grant under the title ‘With Christianity receding and many …

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Shaming unvaccinated people has to stop

“Unvaccinated mother, 27, dies with coronavirus as her father calls for fines for people who refuse jab.” This is the …

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When rationalist Anne Lennon exposed church’s selling of ‘indulgences’

In the Roman Catholic Church, a ‘novena’ is a devotion in which special prayers or services are repeated on nine …

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Why religious conservatives are hitting the panic button

In the 1950s, Australians were constantly being told to be aware of the dangers of communist infiltration of our institutions. …

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Report adds ‘reach, depth and nuance’ to our understanding of religiosity

This foreword appears in ‘Religiosity in Australia: Religious minds, religious collectives’. The Rationalist Society of Australia believes — and has …

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The personal stories reshaping Australia’s journey out of religion

The trend in people ‘deconverting’ from religion or ‘deconstructing’ their faith has in recent years triggered viral hashtags on social …

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Between swinging arms and chins: The push for ‘religious freedom’

This is an excerpt from Neil Francis’ soon-to-be published Part 2 of the Religiosity in Australia research series, commissioned by …

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Not so different: Does religion deserve special protection?

A new draft of the federal religious discrimination legislation proposes to give special rights to the words and actions of …

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A media pothole: The pitfalls of covering religion

There are few areas of media coverage more vexed and controversial than religion. So much so, it is far from …

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It’s time to abolish the erroneous idea of sin

‘Sin’ is a word embedded in our language and culture. It has wide use. Uprooting it would be as difficult …

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The truth by the numbers: Religion in Australian society

RSA Fellow Neil Francis is producing a multi-part study for the Rationalist Society: Religiosity in Australia. The first installment, Part …

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Assisted dying opponents don’t mention Switzerland. Why?

Recently, Dr Theo Boer, an Assistant Professor at a “black-stocking” (strongly conservative Protestant) theological college in the Netherlands was at …

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