Encounter (ABC RN)
Encounter delves into Buddhism's long history in Australia and how it has adapted to this land and its people, and it's not as peaceful as you might imagine.
God in a seizure
Religious mystics have often experienced visions and trance-like states that they say come directly from God. But in the modern era, there's speculation that these figures may have been experiencing hallucinations brought on by epilepsy – and indeed...
Christians of Asia
When people talk about “The Asian Century”, they’re usually referring to the expected economic and political dominance of Asia over the next hundred years. But if the growth of Christianity in the region continues, then the 21st century could also...
Not peace but a sword
Is religion intrinsically violent? Many atheists say yes - while many religious believers see their faith tradition as being about peace and harmony. This week we complicate both pictures.
A Day in the Life, pt.3 - Mary Nolan
There's a back story to the upcoming Meredith Music Festival (Australia's hippest festival?) about a woman whose life God 'interrupts'. That's the way Mary Nolan puts it.
A Day in the Life, pt.2 - Khaled Sabsabi
A day in the life of Khaled Sabsabi - war refugee, visual artist, hip hop producer and much more.
Have you met Jason Chan the walking Buddhist monk yet? Find out about his journey from far north Queensland to Sydney walking barefoot.
Facebook, Jihad and Sheikh Google: Perspectives and Solutions from...
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.
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