Religion Podcast (ABC RN)
Earshot 5 March 201503/04/15
There are more than a dozen towns called Bethlehem in the United States. This is one of them. It's Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, founded by the Moravians in 1741. But who are the Moravians? And why do we need circumcision hymns or Count Zinzendorf today?
Journey to Bethlehem
Religion and Ethics report: How Islamic is the Islamic State terror...
Writer Graeme Wood posed precisely this question in the cover story of this month's Atlantic magazine, triggering a storm across television and social media.
My childhood friend the ISIS jihadist
What happens when your childhood friend becomes an ISIS jihadist?
Crossroads: my dog and I
What taboos about dogs continue in the Arab community and how are attitudes changing?
Sharing stories and songlines
Sharing stories & songlines.
Sharing stories & songlines
Aboriginal children are learning the stories of their people with the aid of the multi media Sharing Stories Foundation, founded by documentary maker Dr Liz Thompson and assisted by Edler and Senior Knowledge Authority Mark Nakarma Guyula...
The soul has been out of fashion since the Enlightenment. These days we talk about the mind, consciousness, the self—immaterial entities that we struggle to understand, but which appear to connect us to the wider mysteries of the universe.
Ladies of the Labyrinth
newLauren Artress of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco is the founder of the modern labyrinth movement, and Emily Simpson initiated the building of the new labyrinth in Sydney's Centennial Park. They talk about the spiritual, psychological and communal...
Barbara Darling, Australia's second female Anglican bishop, dies
Pioneering Anglican Bishop Barbara Darling has died of a stroke, aged 67.
Islamist politics and saving Syria's 'lost generation'
Global fears have centred on the recruitment of young western Muslims. But new research suggests the biggest breeding ground of violent Islamists could be Syria itself.
Royal Commission points out starkly different ways in which the...
Australian Jesuit Frank Brennan discusses the Royal Commission's take on two very different ways the Catholic church handled the sex abuse crisis.
Drug smuggler to Christian pastor—Andrew Chan's journey of faith
In the past decade, Bali Nine ringleader Andrew Chan has not only become a committed Christian, he’s gone a step further, qualifying as a pastor and acting as a minister to fellow inmates.
Maziar Bahari, What's wrong with Iran
When the Ayatollah Khomeini claimed supreme authority over religion and state in Iran, Maziar Bahari was arrested for looking too 'Western'. After moving to Canada the journalist and film maker would revisit Iran only to be arrested again as a 'spy'.
The benefits of mindfulness
Do you have too much stress in your life? Then mindful meditation might just the thing for you. The practice can help you to step out of habitual patterns of stress. And it’s used in the management of depression, anxiety and chronic pain. The 2,500...
The 'good' Muslim: inclusion and exclusion within Australian Islam
The dynamics of belonging and isolation in Australia's Muslim communities. Whose responsibility is it to make Australian Muslims feel at home?
How do you solve a problem like Boko Haram?
The Nigerian government seems to be permanently on the back foot in dealing with Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram.
Myung Hwa Park, Pilgrim
Born in South Korea, Myung Hwa Park is the second Asian to be elected Moderator of the Uniting Church of Australia, NSW/ACT, and her life, including marrying a former Catholic priest, is exemplary of her belief in a spirituality that crosses borders...
#EducationIsNotACrime—ending Baha'i persecution in Iran
Ever since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran's Bahá’í citizens have been banned from tertiary education. A new global campaign aims to change that.
Religion & Humour
Humour is the most dangerous topic in religion this year. Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen, Rev'd Michael Giffen, and Dr. Tanveer Ahmed exchange views on whether it is OK to laugh at religion. Dr Jessica Milner Davis tells us what kills a joke faster than a bullet.
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