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Religion: it’s at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain. Why are you here? What happens when you die? Does God matter? God Forbid seeks the answers.

Religion: it’s at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain. Why are you here? What happens when you die? Does God matter? God Forbid seeks the answers.
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Australia

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Religion: it’s at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain. Why are you here? What happens when you die? Does God matter? God Forbid seeks the answers.

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English


Episodes

Holy hot potatoes: Freedom edition

6/16/2018
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Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free! But how free are we really? James Carleton sits down with an Opus Dei bishop and a Uniting Church theologian to find out what happens when anti-discrimination, freedom of speech and freedom of religion clash.

Duration:00:53:58

Does good spiritual health equal good mental health?

6/9/2018
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If you believe God is in control of all things, experiencing anxiety and depression can be a shock to the system. This week, James Carleton speaks to an Anglican minister and a Muslim slam poet – both of whom navigated these choppy waters firsthand.

Duration:00:53:51

Ramadan: Gotta go fast

6/2/2018
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It’s Ramadan — a holy month in the Islamic calendar for fasting and prayer. But it’s also about family and community, and many of the traditions around Ramadan get to the heart of what it means to be a Muslim. Guest host Noel Debien is joined by a sheikh and a turban-donning diva to explore the month of mercy.

Duration:00:53:57

Who was the Buddha anyway?

5/26/2018
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Buddhists around the world celebrate the birth, death and enlightenment of the Buddha all on the same holy day – Vesak. Aspects of Buddhism are popular in the West, with mindfulness and meditation courses being taken by all kinds of people, from suburbanites to CEOs. But is that the full picture? Guest host Joe Gelonesi traverses the Noble Eightfold Path.

Duration:00:53:51

Israel: Orthodox and Reform

5/19/2018
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As Israel marks its 70th birthday, Palestine mourns Nakba – the catastrophe. This week Jews celebrate the gift of the Torah during Shavuot. Israel was founded as a Jewish state, but does every expression of Judaism feel equally at home? In a difficult week, James Carleton grasps the nettle and talks about Israel and the conflict between and within religions.

Duration:00:53:52

Darling, you look divine

5/12/2018
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The Met Gala is the high holy day of everything fashionable and fabulous, and this year’s theme brought together Vogue and the Vatican. Inspired by the heavenly looks on display, James Carleton and guest-host Siobhan Hegarty explore how fashion and faith go together in other ways too: from hijabs to halos, mitres to makeup, kippahs to cassocks.

Duration:00:53:51

Is there another schism forming in the Catholic Church?

5/5/2018
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Is the Pope a Catholic? Some believers aren’t quite sure. Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has become one of the most controversial pontiffs in hundreds of years. His informal, pastoral style has upset conservatives in the church, who say he is leading the flock away from orthodox teaching about divorce and abortion. Meanwhile, reformers in the church wish he would made bolder moves on women’s ordination and clerical celibacy. Which way will the church go? Or will Francis forge his...

Duration:00:53:51

Holy hot potatoes: 2 holy 2 hot

4/28/2018
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Alright everyone, preheat your ovens, pray a blessing on your spuds and break out the sour cream – it’s time for some more holy hot potatoes. This week James Carleton feasts on the spicy issues found in the news, and his dinner guests aren’t afraid of a bit of controversy. Larissa Minniecon is an Aboriginal Christian activist and Rev Chris Bedding is a pirate priest who recently avoided charges of blasphemy.

Duration:00:55:32

A Christian and an atheist walk into a bar...

4/21/2018
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It’s no joke: For people of every faith – or none – whether you take alcohol or drugs is a big deal. But the rules vary wildly, even within a tradition. Some Christians include alcohol as a core part of their most sacred ritual, but other Christians forbid its use altogether. How come? James Carleton dives into what helps people choose to use, and how to stop.

Duration:00:53:51

Vaisakhi: Connecting Sikhs and Hindus since 1699

4/14/2018
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It’s Vaisakhi – the most holy say in the Sikh calendar. And while we’re at it, happy Hindu new year! In Australia, even though Sikhism and Hinduism make up only a small part of the religious patchwork, they’re the fastest-growing faiths we’ve got.

Duration:00:53:51

When is sport more than just a game?

4/7/2018
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Australians are becoming increasingly irreligious, but our devotion to sport is unwavering. As Australia tests its mettle at the Commonwealth Games, the national cricket team’s ball tampering has them caught out. It’s just a game, so why did it feel like a betrayal? There’s more at play when it comes to sport.

Duration:00:53:51

The gift of a second chance

3/31/2018
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Oops! You’ve done wrong, and now you cannot pass Go, and you do not collect $200. We generally agree that to err is human, and to forgive is divine – but is forgiveness always possible? On the intersection of Passover and Easter, James Carleton explores what Jews and Christians think about the gift of a second chance.

Duration:00:53:51

Indigenous Christianity: It's not black and white

3/24/2018
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Jesus said for his followers to go and make disciples of all nations, but it feels like something went wrong. James Carleton speaks to Aboriginal Christians Brooke Prentis and Kathleen Butler to find out if it’s possible to untangle the conversion from the coercion, and to see how – far from being wiped out – Dreamtime spirituality is actually changing Christianity in Australia.

Duration:00:53:51

Who can claim credit for the Enlightenment?

3/17/2018
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Sure, the Enlightenment was good, but it wasn’t everything. At least, that’s what these thinkers say. In this episode James Carleton hears about the past, present and future of western democracy.

Duration:00:53:51

Is God a feminist?

3/10/2018
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Feminism can be seen as an F-word in communities of faith, and given what’s said about women in many holy texts, feminists can be just as sceptical of religion. James Carleton speaks with two religious feminists who say faith can and does liberate women – but only if they can take positions of leadership religious institutions.

Duration:00:53:51

Fabulous and faithful

3/3/2018
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On the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras, James Carleton asks, is it possible to be fabulous and faithful? Godly and gay? Holy and homosexual? Same-sex marriage is now law of the land, but LGBTIQ people are still seeking acceptance in communities of faith.

Duration:00:53:51

Holy hot potatoes!

2/24/2018
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Religion is full of issues you wouldn’t raise in polite company, but this week James Carleton is joined by two firebrand Catholics who aren’t afraid to tuck into the issues others find too hot to handle.

Duration:00:53:51

Conversion: Think different

2/17/2018
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The classic slogan from Apple aimed to convert Windows users to a different operating system, but don’t worry, we’re not trying to sell you anything—we’re talking changing religion.

Duration:00:53:51

Iran: Revolution, religion and reform

2/10/2018
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It’s only been 39 years since Iran went from Shah to sharia. Replacing 2500 years of Persian monarchy with a new Islamic republic isn’t exactly simple – so where to from here?

Duration:00:53:51

Helping the haves and have-nots

2/4/2018
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What happens when the rich and poor come together to worship?

Duration:00:53:51