We need to avoid an escalation of rhetoric which would only polarise our society along religious and ethnic grounds. Here,freedom should ideally be balanced with honest self-criticism.
Politicians and some Church leaders have mouthed platitudes about Islam being a religion of peace and portraying those who murder in its name as betraying the ideals of Islam.
The question this essay addresses is whether there is a form of worship that is more faithful to the gospel than any other.
Does the Uniting Church have much of a future? Churches seem to be in decline in Australia and so why should the Uniting Church be spared?
How we regard the world, and sexuality, has been long a vexed issue for religions, but a phenomenological approach to religion potentially allows us to celebrate a more aesthetic approach to life.
The Jesus mythicists are a group of enthusiastic atheists who through websites and self-published books try to prove the equivalent of a flat earth.
'The harmony of natural law ... reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection.'
The gospel writers are, in a sense, coming to terms with those 4 feet and 8½ inches they had about themselves in their encounter with God in Jesus.
Jesus went by himself or with his disciples 'into a mountain' to pray, to meditate on God's spiritual idea, man and the universe.
Most people I know, churched or not, are decent and reliable and honest. Those who proclaim atheism are perhaps even better than most because they have actually thought about the question of god.
Theological colleges teach a variety of courses on subjects like ancient Greek, ancient Hebrew, introduction to philosophy, ethics, Reformation history, overseas aid and development....
In this earthly world of competing one, true faiths, it is unsurprising that there is strong support for suppression of blasphemy, heresy, apostasy, sacrilege and other related forms of dissent.