Encounter (ABC RN)
God, Good and Evil09/13/14
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.
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 -...
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