Clash of the religions

Clash of the religions

Clash of the religions By Greg Spearritt Two of Australia’s Great Religions have crossed swords in recent days: AFL and Christianity. Essendon Football Club CEO Andrew Thorburn has resigned after just one day in the job. Whether commentators believe his resignation...
Time for another bout of deicide?

Time for another bout of deicide?

Time for another bout of deicide? By Greg Spearritt For many of the 61.1% of Australians for whom religion still has relevance, sex is apparently very much front of mind. A cadre of conservative Anglicans has chosen schism – of a sort – to maintain their doctrinal...
The meaning of love

The meaning of love

The meaning of love By Helen Mason I do not think ‘love’ has a meaning of its own. It can mean “I love (or enjoy) chocolates” and it can mean “I feel a love for all mankind”, when it is describing warm and positive feelings. The English Philosopher Hobbes (1588-1679)...
Oh please, the hubris!

Oh please, the hubris!

Oh please, the hubris! By Greg Spearritt For an open, egalitarian democracy which respects the rule of law and human rights, we edge mightily towards the kind of corruption and cronyism we see in outright dictatorships. For a decade we’ve experienced unwarranted...
Ebbing of the tide

Ebbing of the tide

Ebbing of the tide By Greg Spearritt The trend in religion since the first Australian census in 1911 is clear and, to date, has been inexorable. According to the latest census, 39% of us now call ourselves non-religious; 44% call ourselves Christian. For context,...