July 10 2014

Life and Faith: Islam and Christianity

Richard Shumack recently completed a PhD in Islamic Studies and has just released a book entitled The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity. He joined Life and Faith to discuss the differences between Islam and Christianity.

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July 3 2014

Life and Faith: Faith in the Public Sphere

Miroslav Volf is Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and Director of the Yale Centre for Faith and Culture. He is also the author of a number of books including A Public Faith: How followers of Christ should serve the common good. He joined Simon Smart on Life and Faith to discuss why religion cannot just be a private affair and what Christianity has to offer society generally.

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June 26 2014

Life and Faith: A Good Place to Hide

Between 1940 and 1944 an isolated plateau in France became the scene of a remarkable rescue mission. The village of Le Chambon Sur Lignon and surrounding communities, sheltered refugees from all across Europe. Their local pastor, Andre Trocme, led a secret campaign to defy the Nazis, which ultimately protected the lives of around 3,500 Jewish people. Peter Grose has written a book about Le Chambon called A Good Place to Hide and he joined Life and Faith to discuss the what drove the villagers in their rescue efforts.

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June 19 2014

Life and Faith: Lying

Is lying always a bad thing or is it sometimes ok to lie? On Life and Faith Simon Smart and Natasha Moore are joined by Barney Zwartz to discuss the importance we place on truth and if there is ever a place for a lie.

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June 12 2014

Life and Faith: Claire Zorn

Post-apocalyptic fiction is all the rage in young adult fiction at the moment from Divergent to The Hunger Games. Claire Zorn is the author of The Sky so Heavy an Australian novel about living in a nuclear winter. She joined Simon Smart and Natasha Moore on Life and Faith to discuss her book.

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June 5 2014

Life and Faith: Humour

Christians are often thought of as uptight, prudish and overly serious, but is this a fair stereotype? This week on Life and Faith, Simon Smart and Natasha Moore discuss Christianity and humour, and consider the place of laughter in our lives. 

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May 29 2014

Life and Faith: Helen Thomas

When Helen Thomas was 19 weeks pregnant she was told that her baby was 'incompatible to life' and was advised to abort, but she and her husband decided not to have an abortion. Helen joined Simon Smart and Natasha Moore on Life and Faith to share her reasons for not having an abortion and the remarkable story of her daughter Zoe.

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May 15 2014

Miroslav Volf - ReThinking Talk 4a: Elements of Reconciliation Q and A

Prof. Miroslav Volf, Director of the Yale Centre for Faith and Culture, delivered four lectures at the ReThinking: A Public Faith conference held in Sydney, Australia, in March 2014. The conference was a joint project of the Centre for Public ChristianityArrow Leadership, and World Vision Australia.

This is the Q and A session that followed the fourth, and final, lecture of Prof. Volf's series, in which he discusses the essential elements of reconciliation.
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Miroslav Volf - ReThinking Talk 4: Elements of Reconciliation

Prof. Miroslav Volf, Director of the Yale Centre for Faith and Culture, delivered four lectures at the ReThinking: A Public Faith conference held in Sydney, Australia, in March 2014. The conference was a joint project of the Centre for Public ChristianityArrow Leadership, and World Vision Australia.

In the fourth, and final, lecture of his series, Prof. Volf discusses the essential elements of reconciliation.
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Miroslav Volf - ReThinking Talk 3a: Religious Exclusivism and Political Pluralism Q and A (Richard Johnson Lecture)

Prof. Miroslav Volf, Director of the Yale Centre for Faith and Culture, delivered four lectures at the ReThinking: A Public Faith conference held in Sydney, Australia, in March 2014. The conference was a joint project of the Centre for Public ChristianityArrow Leadership, and World Vision Australia


This is the Q and A session that followed third lecture from Prof. Volf. It was a Public Lecture delivered at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and filmed by ABC TV for their program, Big Ideas.


The topic was Religious Exclusivism and Political Pluralism.
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