September 18 2014

Life and Faith: Poetic Justice

Joel McKerrow is a Melbourne-based performance poet, writer, speaker, educator, and community arts worker. He’s the Artist Ambassador for TEAR Australia and co-founder of the Centre for Poetics and Justice. He speaks to CPX about how his art relates to his faith and to questions of social justice, and suggests how poetry can have an impact on real life issues. Visit for more on Joel and his work.

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September 11 2014

Life and Faith: View from the Faraway Pagoda

Rob Banks met his grand-aunt Sophie Newton once as a young man; when she died, she left him all of her personal papers, detailing her fascinating life as a pioneer woman missionary in China for more than thirty years. Rob and his wife Linda have turned the documents to good account in their book View from the Faraway Pagoda, which tells the story of Sophie’s work in empowering women, opposing the opium trade, and challenging cultural practices such as foot-binding and infanticide over a period which spanned the Boxer Rebellion, the Nationalist Revolution, and early communist uprisings. Rob and Linda discuss early twentieth-century China and the many challenges and legacies of this remarkable Australian woman.

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September 3 2014

Life and Faith: Conspiracy theories

Theories about the historical Jesus - whether revolutionary Jesus, Jesus being elevated into God by his followers, or Jesus’ wife - abound, and seem to hold an endless fascination for us. Darrell Bock is Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, and has written more than thirty books on biblical topics, including the popular Breaking the Da Vinci Code. He talks to CPX about some recent, and some perennially popular, theories that challenge traditional Christian ideas about Jesus and the Bible.

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August 28 2014

Life and Faith: Slave or Free?

We all want to be free - but freedom proves a difficult concept to pin down. Simon Smart and Natasha Moore consider competing visions for genuine freedom, and review a new film, Freedom, which tells the parallel stories of 18th-century slave trader John Newton and an escaped slave a century later.

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August 21 2014

Life and Faith: Technology

New technology have an impact on us that we cannot ignore. Craig Detweiler is associate Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University, a filmmaker and an author. He joined Life and Faith to discuss the pitfalls and possibilities that technology and social media offer.

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August 14 2014

Life and Faith: Food, Feasting and Fasting

Our cuture is fascinated by food as evidenced by the vast range of food programming on our screens. On Life and Faith, Simon Smart and Natasha Moore discuss the cultural, social and spiritual elements of eating, feasting and fasting.

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August 6 2014

Life and Faith: Micah Challenge

John Beckett is the national co-ordinator of Micah Challenge Australia, which is a coalition of Christian development agencies, churches and individuals that aims to deepen people's engagement with the poor and to help reduce poverty. He joined Life and Faith to discuss the Millennium Development Goals and the fight against global poverty.

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July 31 2014

Life and Faith: War

This week marks 100 years since the start of World War I. Life and Faith discusses the process of remembering and interpreting an event on such a grand scale. 

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July 24 2014

Life and Faith: Child Abuse and the Church

Life and Faith draws from a panel at the Re:Thinking conference on the awful effects of clerical child abuse. The full audio of the Re:Thinking panel is available on the Radio National website. Simon Smart and Natasha Moore also examine the recent film Calvary and consider what contribution a piece of art can make to the discussion.

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July 17 2014

Life and Faith: Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer is the author of Atheists: The Origin of the Species. The book is a history of atheism, which examines what has driven its growth and why it is a myth that atheism emerged because the rise of science made religion obsolete. He spoke to Simon Smart about the book and the implications of belief and non-belief.

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