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The Spirit of Things

ABC (Australia)

The Spirit of Things explores contemporary values and beliefs as expressed through ritual, art, music and sacred texts, and focusing on the nature of spiritual meaning in our lives. Presented by Dr Rachael Kohn.

The Spirit of Things explores contemporary values and beliefs as expressed through ritual, art, music and sacred texts, and focusing on the nature of spiritual meaning in our lives. Presented by Dr Rachael Kohn.
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Sydney, NSW

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The Spirit of Things explores contemporary values and beliefs as expressed through ritual, art, music and sacred texts, and focusing on the nature of spiritual meaning in our lives. Presented by Dr Rachael Kohn.

Language:

English

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Spirit of Things ABC Radio National GPO Box 9994 Sydney 2001 (02) 8333 2829


Episodes

Priest, detective, lover

1/14/2018
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Canon Sidney Chambers is a young, committed priest, who is also a detective. But his love life is in turmoil. James Runcie's Grantchester Mysteries, now a popular TV series, addresses moral and social issues for a post-church society.

Duration: 00:53:51


Indigenous Christians celebrate the Bible

12/31/2017
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Indigenous Christian artists from across Australia celebrate the bicentenary of Bible Society Australia in a new publication, Our Mob, God's Story. Bible Society's CEO, Greg Clarke discusses the changes in communicating the Gospel with indigenous Christian minister and artist, Max Conlon. Includes the words of 14 contributing artists.

Duration: 00:53:51


Christmas: Making fun, making history

12/24/2017
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A married Christian woman with health issues, Hannah Boland became a stand up comic when she realised laughter is the best medicine. Bishop Kay Goldsworthy is about to make Australian history as the first woman Archbishop in the Anglican Church of Australia.

Duration: 00:53:51


20/20 Series Part 5: Remember, Regret and Rejoice

12/17/2017
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Remembering anniversaries such as the Armenian Genocide, Bahai's origins and the Balfour Declaration, reflecting on living with profound regrets, and rejoicing in creative expressions of the faith, including 'Kosher Gospel' with Joshua Nelson and Aboriginal storytelling with Rev'd Denise Champion.

Duration: 00:53:51


Hugely Successful Religious Movements

12/10/2017
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From West to East, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim religious movements have grown into financial powerhouses, with massive followings and effective social penetration. Jonathan James explains the success of Hillsong, Ciji, BAPS and Fetullah Gulen.

Duration: 00:53:51


The Story of Mr Eternity

12/3/2017
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Known by all and seen by none, Arthur Stace inscribed "Eternity" on the streets of Sydney and elsewhere for 30 years before he was unmasked. Inspiring to artists, singers, and ordinary sinners, Arthur is a modern Evangelical saint according to his biographer, Roy Williams, who goes on a pilgrimage with Rachael.

Duration: 00:53:52


Is the Sea of Faith Rising?

11/26/2017
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The Sea of Faith takes its name from the famous poem Dover Beach about the ebbing of faith, but today's SOF members entertain new developments including the New New Testament edited by Hal Taussig. Lloyd Geering founded the SOF and was charged with heresy in New Zealand as was Hal Taussig in America. Are they heretics or reformers?

Duration: 00:53:52


Reporting Religion in Asia

11/19/2017
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At the International Association of Religion Journalists conference in Indonesia, Uday Basu, the Co-ordinating Editor of India's The Statesmen, Hermeine Y. Kledel, the Editor in Chief of Tempo English Weekly, and Jakarta Post columnist, and current affairs commentator Julia Suryakusuma, demonstrate robust investigative values, sensitivity and courage.

Duration: 00:53:51


Luther's Jews and Poland's Jewish Festival

11/12/2017
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On the anniversary of Kristalnacht, Luther's call for for their synagogues to be burnt down in his day is one of the aspects of his relationship to the Jews which Thomas Kaufman considers in his book Luther's Jews. In Krakow the largest Jewish Cultural Festival was founded in 1988 by the non-Jew, Janusz Makuch, with surprising results.

Duration: 00:53:51


20 20 Series Part 4: Music, Diaries, Couples and Sex

11/5/2017
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Artists, Martin Sharp and Bill Viola, musicians, Jeremy Begbie and Jane Rutter, and outstanding couples like Bess and Dave Price, join some brave spiritual diarists who reveal the inside story of their spiritual life. Australia's first saint, and sex dominates the stories on King James Bible and the Sistine Chapel on their anniversaries.

Duration: 00:53:51


The X Factor in the Reformation

10/29/2017
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What was the X Factor in the Protestant Reformation that caused a schism in the Roman Catholic Church which would have lasting effects up to the present day? Rachael is in conversation with Mark Worthing, Michael Jensen, Kristina Keneally and Carole Cusack at a public forum at the University of Sydney.

Duration: 00:53:51


Martin Luther, Catholic Dissident

10/22/2017
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The Pope called him 'a wild boar in the Lord's vinyard' but Martin Luther's challenge to the Roman Catholic Church would have sweeping effects across Germany and beyond where his writings inspired the Protestant Reformation.

Duration: 00:53:51


Comparing Catholic and Hindu Faith

10/15/2017
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A Catholic scholar of Hinduism explains 'comparative theology' which he developed after spending time in Nepal as a young priest and as a scholar at Chicago, Oxford and Harvard. Francis Clooney SJ compares the spiritual poetry of the Biblical and Tamil traditions.

Duration: 00:53:51


Identity: Who are you?

10/8/2017
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When the Rev'd Brian Rosner questioned his identity, he reassessed his relationship to God. Muslim Eritrean spoken-word poet, Manal, uses her art to overcome the sense of being 'the other' and being herself.

Duration: 00:53:51


Religious Tattoos Not Just Skin Deep

10/1/2017
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A Muslim boxer, a Hindu student, a gay Christian and a Samoan Uniting Church minister tell the stories of struggle and pain behind their religious tattoos to guest producer, Mariam Chehab.

Duration: 00:53:51


20/20 Series Part 3: Turning Points, Epiphanies and Mysteries

9/24/2017
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Michael Palin meets the Dalai Lama, Diane Cilento turns her back on stardom, an aspiring nun gets thrown out of the Missionaries of Charity, and the Da Vinci Code up-ends Christian beliefs and the scholars come out fighting.

Duration: 00:53:51


Media with Heart

9/17/2017
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Judy Rodgers, a member of the Brahma Kumaris movement, developed IVOH Images and Voices of Hope to change the way the media covers the news.

Duration: 00:53:51


Babi Yar: a survivor, a poem, a symphony

9/10/2017
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Yelena Gorodetsky tells her story of being a survivor of Babi Yar in Kiev where 33,771 Jews were massacred on Sept 29-30 1941. Yevgeny Yevtushenko's poem Babi Yar called attention to this unacknowedged crime, prompting Shostakovich's Babi Yar Symphony #13, to be performed in Melbourne's Hamer Hall.

Duration: 00:53:51


The Story of Civil Celebrants

9/3/2017
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The loveless Registry Office was a gloomy beginning for a couple on their happiest day, until the Civil Celebrant movement was initiated by the Attorney General, Lionel Murphy, and the former Catholic priest, turned celebrant, Dally Messenger.

Duration: 00:53:51


20/20 Series Part 2: 9/11 and the Future of Religion

8/27/2017
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9/11 prompts questions about Islam, religion and violence, and the future of religion. Trend setters include the Dalai Lama and Allain de Botton, and Nobel Prize winning VS Naipaul is controversial on multiculturalism. Award winning programs on Buddhism in China and Coffee Sex and Other Addictions are reprised.

Duration: 00:53:51

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