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Life and Faith: Domestic violence and the Church

For International Women’s Day in 2013, Justine Toh interviewed Captain Melanie-Anne Holland, who manages a Salvation Army women’s refuge, and Dr Lynne M. Baker, author of the book Counselling Christian Women on How to Deal with Domestic Violence, about the effects of domestic abuse and the relevance of this issue to faith communities in particular. Two years on, the interview is if anything even more relevant: domestic violence affects up to 1 in 6 Australian women, and - with Rosie Batty being made Australian of the Year, and recent stories about domestic abuse in Christian marriages in particular - there is a growing momentum behind efforts to tackle this issue head-on.

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Life and Faith: Urban Village

We all struggle with the conflict between our desire for autonomy on the one hand, and our desire to be part of a community on the other. Social commentator Hugh Mackay’s latest book, The Art of Belonging: It’s not where you live, it’s how you live, weighs up the question "Who am I?" against the even bigger question, "Who are we?" He talks to Simon Smart about the drought of belonging in contemporary Australia, the appeal of “village” living, and how real community can be cultivated in the places we actually live in.

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Life and Faith: Monday Matters

Mark Bilton has been a CEO and director of several multinational companies, including Gloria Jeans Coffees, and has won awards for his work as a “change catalyst”. Life and Faith spoke to Mark about the relevance of faith to work, and the role his own faith has played in his career in the cutthroat corporate world.

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Life and Faith: Speaking Freely

Citizenfour, Rosewater, and The Interview are three very different movies - but they all make a strong case for the importance of free speech. Simon Smart and Natasha Moore discuss the threats to people’s right to speak freely that these films warn against, and what Christian faith has to contribute to debates about whether and when to limit freedom of speech.

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Life and Faith: Good for Business

Religious adherence is growing around the world - and so are restrictions on religion. Dr Brian Grim is President of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, and has lived in many places where religion is heavily restricted. He talks to Simon Smart about why religious freedom is good not only for society but also for business, and why he’s optimistic that people of different faiths can live together well.

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Life and Faith: Dina Katanacho

We hear a lot about the Middle East from a political perspective but little about what it is like to live there. Life and Faith spoke to Dina Katanacho from the Arab-Israeli Bible Society about life in Israel for Arab-Israeli people who are culturally Palestinian but have Israeli citizenship.

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Life and Faith: At the Movies: Summer 2014

From sci-fi thrillers to the final instalment of The Hobbit, it promises to be a rich summer of movie-going. Natasha Moore and Simon Smart discuss a few of the films on offer: the new Bible epic Exodus, directed by Ridley Scott; Russell Crowe’s WWI saga The Water Diviner; and the star-studded space odyssey Interstellar.

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Life and Faith: A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible Part III

The Bible continues to be the world's bestselling book - but it isn’t the easiest book to just dive into. John Dickson’s forthcoming book A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible: Inside History’s Bestseller for Believers and Skeptics wants to make it easier for everyone - whether Christians or curious doubters - to find their way around the Bible. Part III considers the New Testament, from the Christmas story to the book of Revelation’s account of where everything is headed, and how it relates to the overarching story of the Bible.

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Life and Faith: A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible Part II

The Bible continues to be the world's bestselling book - but it isn’t the easiest book to just dive into. John Dickson’s forthcoming book A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible: Inside History’s Bestseller for Believers and Skeptics wants to make it easier for everyone - whether Christians or curious doubters - to find their way around the Bible. Part II takes us on a whirlwind tour of the whole of the Old Testament - Abraham’s promises, Moses’ laws, Joshua’s wars - and offers a few key concepts for understanding it as a unified story.

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Life and Faith: A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible Part I

The Bible continues to be the world's bestselling book - but it isn’t the easiest book to just dive into. John Dickson’s forthcoming book A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible: Inside History’s Bestseller for Believers and Skeptics wants to make it easier for everyone - whether Christians or curious doubters - to find their way around the Bible. Part I tackles the Bible's controversial opening chapters - creation, the “fall”, and how they explain the world in which we find ourselves.

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