Encounter (ABC RN)
Instant Karma's gonna get you07/05/14
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.
A Conversation with Peter Sculthorpe
For several decades, Peter Sculthorpe has been Australia's most prolific and profiled composer. In that time he has developed his own vision for the spiritual and moral dimensions of Australia. In conversation with Florence Spurling, Peter Sculthorpe...
The third program in Encounter's archive series. In January 1988, Australia was getting started on its Bicentenary celebrations - but in indigenous communities, many were wondering just what it was that they were supposed to be celebrating. This...
Shakespeare has acquired quasi-religious status in Western culture and beyond. But how do we trace the religious threads in Shakespeare’s own life and work? and why have his plays become so influential?
A Family Life
The first in a month-long series of programs from the Encounter archives. This week: an extraordinary story of grief, courage, resilience - and unexpected joy, as a Melbourne family comes to terms with their son's severe injury in a road accident.
All The World’s A Stage: an Encounter with Pope John Paul II
He was seen in person by more people than anyone else in human history. Pope John Paul II brought the Catholic Church to the world as the second-longest serving pontiff, and was beloved for it. On the eve of his canonisation by the Vatican, we ask -...
The Last Prisoner of the Vatican – an Encounter with Pope John XXIII
First in a two-part series on the two-part Papal canonisation that's about to take place in Rome. This week: Pope John XXIII, the man who fifty years ago began driving the locomotive of Catholic Church reform by inaugurating the Second Vatican...
Nicholas of Cusa and the Instruction of Ignorance
On a slow boat journey from Constantinople to Venice in the early 15th century, scholar and papal diplomat Nicholas of Cusa set modern scientific method in train when he conceived of the value of ignorance as a means towards knowledge. The more one...
The Founding Catastrophe
In this year of the 100th anniversary of World War I —the 'founding catastrophe' of the 20th century—we look at life for German Jews before, during and after the Great War.
Encounter delves into the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of volunteering overseas.
Trouble in the flesh
Our cultural obsession with body image is often blamed on the media. But from the story of Eve and her suspect desire for forbidden fruit, to the persistence of such ascetic traditions as fasting, Christianity has influenced the ways in which we shape...
A Short History of Hell
If someone tells you to go to Hell, you’ve probably got a good picture in your mind of what you’ll find when you get there: Somewhere deep underground, devils with pointy tails, lots of fire and brimstone. But where does our western idea of Hell come...
Faith in Drag
The second of the Ten Commandments says that “thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”. And yet the making and selling of Christian devotional objects has become a thriving business today. Hindus are more relaxed about the role of objects in...
Bread and Body, Wine and Blood
For 2000 years Christians have pondered Jesus’ words at the Last Supper—‘Do this in memory of me’—and in thanksgiving Christians of almost all persuasions do take bread and sometimes wine, bless it and share it. Thinking about how Christ is 'with...
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