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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

Sacred soldiers: Remembering World War I

11/10/2018
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The first Remembrance Day services were explicitly Christian, but as Australia has become more religiously diverse the Anzac legend has taken on the qualities of a secular, civic religion. The God Forbid panel looks at the rituals and monuments associated with remembering Australia’s war dead.

Duration:00:54:07

Saudi Arabia: An uneasy alliance

11/3/2018
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A 300-year-old deal between Sunni clerics and Saudi royals continues to shape Saudi Arabia, but the new crown prince is keen for reform while strengthening his iron grip on power. Meanwhile, seemingly irreconcilable differences haven’t shaken the special relationship between the Saudis and Americans – so long as they remain useful to each other.

Duration:00:54:09

Saints, souls and spooks

10/27/2018
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Halloween is a day Australians either love, or love to hate. But it’s not all spooky scary skeletons, it’s also Allhallowtide – a set of holy days when Catholics venerate saints in heaven and pray for the souls of the dead. The God Forbid panel examines Pagan-Christian cross-pollination, from Samhain to All Saints.

Duration:00:54:07

The end is nigh!

10/20/2018
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Whether it’s a zombie apocalypse, environmental devastation or God coming to judge all humanity, we love to imagine the end of the world. Many faiths and cultures predict the end of days – but why? The God Forbid panel explores apocalyptic beliefs: from the Abrahamic religions of the Middle East to the cargo cults of Melanesia.

Duration:00:54:06

Heaven on Earth: Religion in the Pacific

10/13/2018
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The Bible arrived in the South Pacific in the hands of missionaries and colonisers in the 19th century. But the locals took it as their own — making today’s South Pacific among the most Christian regions on earth. It's also home to a significant number of Mormon and Baha’i communities.

Duration:00:53:57

Peeking through the Berlin wall

10/6/2018
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Germany celebrates 28 years of reunification this week as Lutherans around Australia meet for their Triennial Synod. Guest host Joe Gelonesi explores how churches helped reunite Germany by making space for free political discourse in the officially atheist East. But now, post-reunification, Germans in the East are abandoning churches nearly altogether.

Duration:00:54:06

Man, oh man!

9/29/2018
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According to some religions, traditional roles for men and women have come from God. But today, those roles aren’t as clear as they used to be and it’s having an effect. What does modern masculinity look like? James Carleton is joined by two panellists with firm ideas about what it means to be a good man.

Duration:00:53:59

Confession and abuse

9/22/2018
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If you have a secret, there's a sense that others can't really know who you are unless you confess. Confession has become a burning hot topic in the wake of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, so James Carleton is joined by a theologian and a forensic psychologist to talk about survivors, perpetrators and the church.

Duration:00:53:58

Is DNA divine?

9/15/2018
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The idea that biology has no purpose has been mainstream scientific thinking for a hundred years. But why does scientist Denis Alexander think otherwise? He joins James on the panel along with our other Cambridge scholar Dr Natasha Moore.

Duration:00:53:57

Happy New Year!

9/8/2018
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September 11 is an ominous date, but this year it’s also a day of festivity. It’s the start of a new year for Coptic Orthodox Christians, Jews and Muslims. James Carleton is joined by a Sheikh, a Rabbi and a Priest on the panel.

Duration:00:53:58

Beyond 'new atheism'

9/1/2018
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About a third of Australians don’t follow a religion, but that doesn’t mean they’re all disciples of Richard Dawkins. Even though they disavow organised religion, some atheists are irrational and even superstitious. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel talk about the myriad ways to be atheist.

Duration:00:53:56

The political merry-go-round

8/25/2018
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As the political merry-go-round spins faster and faster, the Australian public clings on for dear life. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel look at the state of Australian politics and ask: is truth and conviction in politics over?

Duration:00:53:59

The business of charity

8/18/2018
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Charity is a virtue that’s almost universally applauded, but institutionalised not-for-profits aren’t nearly as uncontroversial. Is it really a virtue if you can write it off as a tax deduction? Should churches pay income tax? Do the wealthy have too much control over which projects receive funding? James Carleton explores the world of charities, foundations and not-for-profits, both religious and secular.

Duration:00:53:59

The spiritual side of travel

8/11/2018
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Travel: It’s a break, a getaway, a rite of passage. Religious pilgrimage is one thing, but even journeys for leisure can result in the traveller “finding oneself”. People who would never step foot inside a church or a temple at home do it all the time when they’re on holiday. Why? James Carleton returns to find out how your holiday might literally be good for your soul.

Duration:00:53:59

Do we need to rethink disability?

8/4/2018
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Jesus healed the blind and the lame, so how do people with disabilities fit in at churches today? Far from being open to all, some church buildings have literal barriers to entry. Meanwhile, disabled Christians are suggesting the possibility of a disabled God.

Duration:00:53:56

Working it out

7/28/2018
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Work can often become a dry repetitive task. You clock in, clock out, then do it all over again. Yet it’s also a large part of our lives, our identity and even language – When we introduce ourselves, it’s easy to say “I’m a ballerina” or “I’m a priest.” So how should we think about work? Join Kumi Taguchi as she unpacks the theology of work, Sabbath, and how to make sense of losing our jobs.

Duration:00:53:56

Artificial intelligence: Activating humanity's god mode

7/21/2018
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The heyday of World of Warcraft saw online players interacting together and forming guilds. Today, artificial intelligence is sophisticated enough that computers are beginning to fill that role instead. Join Kumi Taguchi as she explores AI, gaming and the religious experience.

Duration:00:53:59

Are animals friends or food?

7/14/2018
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We may all love puppies and kittens and want them treated well, but what rights – if any – should a fish have, or a cockroach? Kumi Taguchi joins two vegans – a Buddhist veterinarian and an animal-loving Christian to find out how to love animals best in a meat-obsessed world.

Duration:00:53:51

NAIDOC Week: The women who inspire us

7/7/2018
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Women in Christian leadership is a controversial topic in many churches, but for Indigenous Christians, women have been vital to the wellbeing of their communities. James Carleton speaks with three generations of female Aboriginal leaders from across the country. Although they come from different Aboriginal nations and Christian traditions, they all draw inspiration from women who have made their work possible.

Duration:00:53:58

The Japanese paradox

6/30/2018
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Ritual is big in Japan, but faith isn’t. It’s the only country where you can be born Shinto, marry Christian and die Buddhist, but up to 80 per cent of Japanese people say they’re not religious. What gives? James Carleton and guest host Kumi Taguchi from Compass explore the rich spirituality of one of the most avowedly secular countries in the world.

Duration:00:53:58