Encounter (ABC RN)
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The Muslim community in Australia is anxious: militant Islam is on the rise in the Middle East and it’s spreading its tentacles around the globe. The Australian government has reacted by increasing the surveillance powers of our intelligence services,...
Dreaming of the Caliphate
Does Islam need a Caliphate? The extravagant brutality of the IS group in Syria and Iraq has Muslims worldwide saying that if this is the restored Caliphate, we want no part of it. But what about the idea of a “proper” pan-Islamic polity, established...
No justice, no peace – ISIS out of the Middle East
As ISIS militants continue their mission to purge Iraq of its minority populations, diaspora Iraqi Christians campaign in defence of those they have left behind. Who are these Christians? Who supports their campaign? There are fourteen Christian...
Jewish communities across Europe are currently feeling the cold winds of history blowing, as the recent rise in anti-Semitic attacks stirs terrible memories. This week we trace the similarities and differences between then and now, via a walking tour...
Saints, strangers and enemies
The 20th century was haunted by the figure of the enemy - that often spectral, but sometimes all-too-real threat to national well-being and way of life. This second of a two-part series explores the fundamental drama of ethics – how to discern whether...
God, Good and Evil
Has the 20th century left Western society so overwhelmed by the threat of evil that it can no longer imagine the Good?
What price justice?
The law is set up to dispense justice and compensation. But justice doesn't always means the same thing to everybody - and for people who have been the victims of terrible crimes, compensation is far from being the end of the story.
Selling God's House
Financial pressures are escalating for traditional Christian churches, as secularism rises and child abuse compensation payouts loom. Find out how the mission of the church is changing by the enforced sale of many of their buildings and properties to...
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
This Encounter in the Central Australian desertintroduces Morris Stuart,a former pastor who was born in British Guyana in the Caribbean. He uses sacred music to help empower indigenous people, working with local choirs in Central Australia,Alice...
Texts and Traditions
'Texts and Traditions' takes a brace of texts that have found new, 21st century interpreters. Studies of a 19th century manuscript of Hindu deities, the statutes of confraternities in 16th century Bologna, and a 10th century manuscript copy of some of...
Padres: Australia's WW1 Military Chaplains
On the centenary of the outbreak of the WW1, we focus on the men and women known affectionately as ‘padres’, chaplains who have served the Australian Army officially since 1913. At the heart of the program is the untold story of one of Australia’s...
A modern death
Tasmanian Rob Cordover had motor neurone disease and in 2009, before he could choke to death, he died with medical help. That help can get you 14 years’ jail in Australia. His wife Nica, their kids, and their helpers still can’t be sure the police are...
This week we explore the early history of Muslim immigration to Australia, focusing on the connections between Muslim immigrants and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. A story of surprising encounters and unexpected histories.
Indonesia - forming the Islamic future
As Indonesians made their democratic voting choices in 2014, they were also flagging a way forward for the nation's significant Islamic education sector and its key institutions, the pesantren, the madrasah and the State Islamic universities. In...
Instant Karma's gonna get you
Everyone seems to think they know what karma means, but Buddhists and Hindus are facing challenges today due to a misunderstanding of karma and its twin rebirth.
Evolving Towards Perfection - Zoroastrianism Today
No-one really knows how old Zoroastrianism is. Herodotus makes mention of something like it in the fifth century BCE, but Zoroastrianism almost certainly pre-dates Judaism, and may even be older than the Vedic tradition which gave birth to Hinduism....
Darkness and Enlightenment: Faith, Reason and Judaism
Jews often say that Judaism is about "deed, not creed", and that the ethical question of how to live is far more urgent that the theological one of what to believe. Why then does Judaism have such a rich history of thought and philosophy? And what is...
Radicals and Moderates: Faith, Reason and Islam
In recent years, Muslims in the West have come under increasing pressure to practice "moderate" Islam - i.e. an Islam that embraces the various legacies of the European Enlightenment, which include secularism and a certain kind of rationality. But is...
Foolishness to the Greeks: Faith, Reason and Christianity
First in a three-part series on faith and reason. Religion comes under fire from atheists because it's supposedly irrational, requiring the believer to sign up to propositions that amount to nonsense. How do—or how should—faith and reason interact?
The Angels of LA
Encounter visits the underside of Los Angeles, where the United States' economic recession is biting hard into the lives of the poor and the marginalised.
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