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Make sense of today's complex world with ABC Radio National's Religion and Ethics Report. Join Andrew West for lively interviews, discussions and debates from Australia and around the globe. Published every Wednesday.

Make sense of today's complex world with ABC Radio National's Religion and Ethics Report. Join Andrew West for lively interviews, discussions and debates from Australia and around the globe. Published every Wednesday.
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Make sense of today's complex world with ABC Radio National's Religion and Ethics Report. Join Andrew West for lively interviews, discussions and debates from Australia and around the globe. Published every Wednesday.

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English

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Religion and Ethics Report ABC Radio National GPO Box 9994 Sydney 2001


Episodes

The Uyghur dilemma, a neighbourly "quarrel" over climate, and conflict tourism

12/11/2019
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Inside the industrial scale detention of Uyghurs in China. Why does the Beijing government fear this Muslim minority? Also, a sanctuary from violence. One little church struggles to hold on in war-ravaged Syria. And a tour company in the Holy Land that visits families on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide.

Duration:00:28:54

Selling sex, protecting religious freedom, and a sceptics search for meaning

12/4/2019
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There is a new push to legalise prostitution around Australia. But is selling sex just another job? Also, a new survey shows Australians support religious freedom for the individual but oppose more rights for religious institutions. And how did the late Mike Willesee, Australian journalism’s most famous sceptic, turn back to faith?

Duration:00:28:36

A campaign against Instagram, no case for nukes, and a post-Brexit Britain

11/27/2019
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An Australian-led campaign against Instagram says the platform is allowing the sexual exploitation against young girls. And as governments from Washington to Riyadh to Moscow turn away from a 40-year effort to rein in nuclear proliferation, Pope Francis says there’s no case for nukes. And as the United Kingdom heads for an election next month – and a likely exit from the European Union next year – a new movement aims to build a so-called politics of belonging.

Duration:00:28:35

The Middle East dilemmas

11/20/2019
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As the U.S. announces a major change in policy over Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, we will look at the Palestinian Christians – walled off from many of their holy sites as Christmas looms. And who’s to blame for the spike in anti-Semitism – the right or the left?

Duration:00:28:35

Successors, coups, and a tainted heir

11/13/2019
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There is new tension between China and India, and at the centre of the dispute is the Tibetan Buddhist leader and Nobel laureate, the Dalai Lama. And, the quest for truth in the Middle East - who was really behind the failed coup in Turkey in 2016 and what role did an influential Islamic scholar play? Also, how real are the reforms in Saudi Arabia? Is Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman simply buying time for his hard-line regime?

Duration:00:28:37

What Australians think about faith, the Leipzig effect, and obeying our own creations

11/6/2019
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How Australians responded to a survey on religion. And, how a little church in Leipzig helped topple the East German communist regime. Also, how Amazon.com, the online retail behemoth is replacing religion in much of our culture.

Duration:00:28:37

The ethical questions surrounding al-Baghdadi's death

10/30/2019
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How Donald Trump is shoring up religious support for a tough re-election a year from now.

Duration:00:28:37

A split in the Anglican church and Philip Ruddock discusses his religious freedom review

10/23/2019
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It’s 500 years old, it’s led by a Queen, and it’s got 80 million followers. But is the once-mighty Anglican Church on the verge of a split? And does the blame lie in Australia? And the former attorney-general Philip Ruddock on how to juggle the demands of religious leaders in an increasingly secular Australia.

Duration:00:28:37

Plots, betrayals and an explosive new book

10/16/2019
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Andrew West was in Rome recently where stories are swirling around the Vatican of a looming schism within the Catholic Church. Pope Francis is under renewed pressure from ultra conservatives for simply thinking aloud about ordaining a small number of married men to serve as priests in the remote Amazon region. But that issue is window dressing for a deeper tension, which is exposed in a new book that the Pope himself has likened to a ticking bomb.

Duration:00:28:36

Politics, Christianity, and loving your neighbour

10/9/2019
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Today we discuss the ups and downs of a relationship - but it’s not a story of friends and lovers or parents and children – but it’s almost as old. We explore the relationship between Christianity and democracy.

Duration:00:28:40

The Pope's controversial Amazon synod and breaking the Pell story

10/2/2019
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Pope Francis has called the Amazon the earth’s lungs. So what can we expect from this week's Amazon Synod? And, a new book reveals the battle waged by the 'Prince of the Church' or Cardinal George Pell as he fought to clear his name. Also, this week marks the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi - so are his teachings still relevant in the 21st century?

Duration:00:28:37

Poland's Muslim debate and the Buddhist enclave in India

9/25/2019
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Muslims make up just 0.1 per cent of Poland’s population and yet Islam is a heated topic in the lead up to the country’s elections next month. Also, Ladakh, an arid, mountainous region with a population of close to 3 million people, was recently declared India’s first Buddhist dominated union territory. And, why for some in the Chinese community the Folau saga validates creeping fears that freedom of speech and freedom of religion are being eroded in Australia.

Duration:00:28:35

Boris Johnson's religious contradictions, faith in the workplace, and a climate strike

9/18/2019
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Christened a Catholic, confirmed in the Anglican faith, the new British Prime Minister also has Jewish and Muslim ancestry. Also, do faith and a workplace always mix? A guide on multi-faith workplaces has been released by the Diversity Council of Australia. And, the Uniting Church of Australia has endorsed its 10,000 students to skip class and take to the streets for the Climate strike this week.

Duration:00:28:36

Testing the boundaries of tolerance

9/11/2019
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Israelis are returning to the polls just five months after an earlier election because the right wing coalition can't agree on the powers of ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties. And, intellectual gadfly Helen Pluckrose, editor of Areo magazine, and a jaded veteran of the New Atheist Movement, challenges the gatekeepers who decide who and what gets taught in queer studies, gender studies and ethnic studies.

Duration:00:27:56

The vulnerable minorities in the religious freedom debate and David Suchet on the Holy Bible

9/4/2019
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A law professor explains that those with the most to gain – and possibly lose – from proposed religious freedom laws are not Christians or members of the LGBT community but religious minorities. The great British character actor David Suchet of Poirot fame on recording all 760,000 words of the Bible, on retracing the footsteps of St Paul and St Peter, and on why he’d loved to meet – and maybe play – Pope Francis.

Duration:00:28:36

How can centre-left parties connect with voters who prize faith and values?

8/28/2019
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Two insiders from the Obama and Gillard governments – now working in the faith sector, and an author explore how centre-left parties should connect with voters who prize faith and values?

Duration:00:28:37

Will the George Pell verdict destroy the church's authority?

8/21/2019
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Almost 20 years of headlines about the sexual abuse of children by some clergy have humbled the Catholic Church. But does the guilty verdict in the George Pell case destroy the entire church’s authority?

Duration:00:28:49

The bioethics battle and do Muslims need more protection from public hostility?

8/14/2019
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The latest frontier in the bioethics battles. Also, should Muslims be covered by the racial discrimination act? And, a new history of Muslim immigration to Australia explores the post-war ideal of integration, right down to the short back and sides hairstyles.

Duration:00:28:37

The abortion dilemma for Australian doctors, and "Trump's Islamophobia industry"

8/7/2019
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A mass shooting in Texas ended the lives of 22 people at the weekend. But where were the seeds of this violence planted? And what rights should doctors have to exercise their consciences and refuse to perform or issue referrals for abortions?

Duration:00:28:37

How flower power took over the pulpit

7/31/2019
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The counterculture movement was not just about hippies who stripped off, rolled in the mud and indulged at Woodstock. It was also about how flower power took over the pulpit. The Religion & Ethics Report gets into the spirit of RN’s week marking 1969 and the rise of countercultures.

Duration:00:29:02