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Left, Right, Left, Right … Marching to the Wrong Beat

I remember when it felt that the major political parties in Australia were much the same. Both sides seemed to converge on the same policy platforms and operate with a similar style. In 1996 almost 40% of Australian politicians described themselves as “moderate”. By 2016 only 10% described themselves that way. Things have changed. The difference between the political parties has grown and the heat seems to have been turned up in political debate. The Australian Electoral Study found that in 1996 almost 40% of Australian politicians described themselves as “moderate”—that is, centre-left Liberal and centre-right Labor politicians. By 2016...

Thank God and Roll Up Your Sleeve

Thankfully the vaccination roll-out has now begun, but some Christians are still concerned about the advisability of receiving the vaccine—either because of the speed of its approval, or because of questions about the AstraZeneca vaccine’s use of cell line [HEK293] developed from the tissue of an aborted foetus. In Western Australia, there is even an anti-vaccination party running in the State election.  How might we think about these matters as followers of Jesus in the light of his Word? Too Fast for Safety? The speed of the development and approval of these vaccines is something to be thankful for In...

Vic Gov Gives New Powers to Investigate Christians for Praying

Which society is the following report depicting? … human rights commission intends to use the full range of its new powers to investigate church groups and other organisations engaged in gay conversion practices, including seizing documents and pursuing them in court if they do not comply with orders. The Andrews government gave the commission wide-ranging powers as part of its ban on gay conversion practices earlier this month, and Ms Hilton said the commission would not be shy about using them … Under the reforms, anyone can make a report to the commission about change and suppression practices from any...

Has Religious Freedom Had Its Day?

Has religious freedom had its day here in the West? Sure, we still have a large degree of religious freedom. Australia and other Western nations are light years away from North Korea, Cuba, or Iran when it comes to freedom of religion. But let’s face it: religious freedom in Western countries like the US and Australia is under unprecedented pressure: Secular commentators disparage it. People like Israel Folau are fired for lack of it. And the Victorian Parliament has legislated against it. The trend is clear. And it’s not heading in the right direction. Will this important freedom survive into...

4 Different Types of Arguments Christians Should Use in the Public Square

There was a time when people in the West held to Christian morality as the default norm. It was seen as ‘self-evident’ and obvious. Whether it was universal human rights, loving others, or caring for the marginalised, such morality was by and large accepted as the gold standard. There was a time when people in the West held to Christian morality as the default norm … these days, that’s less and less the case. But these days, that’s less and less the case. As our society moves away from a Christian-ish view of morality, some Christian moral viewpoints are now...

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