Once again, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has picked up a pen and paper. In an eleven-page letter addressed to atheist Piergiorgio Odifreddi, Ratzinger defends Jesus as a historic figure, explaining that the Jesus of the Gospel existed in real life.
In this public lecture titled "Is Love all we Need? The Pitfalls of Same-Sex Marriage", Patrick Langrell, the Chaplaincy Convenor at The University of Notre Dame Australia, gives a philosophical account of love. Patrick discusses what marital love looks like, and the implications it has for the debate surrounding same-sex "marriage".
The abortion debate is not about religion! What do Christopher Hitchens, Robert Price, Arif Ahmed, Nat Hentoff have in common, other than the fact that they are atheists? They oppose abortion, because they recognise it as an abuse of human rights and from a natural law perspective. Real freethinkers should question abortion... watch this video for more.
Do work that you love, use your talents and gifts to make the world a better place. This is an inspiring TedX talk about following your dreams.
Is tradition a concept used to defend backward ideas and ancient traditions, or is it a quiet reminder of values we should hold precious? In this public debate moderated by ABC Radio National's Phillip Adams, philosophers Mark Kingwell and John Haldane exchange ideas on the future of tradition in the Western world.
Tracey Rowland, an Australian philosopher, discusses how the Catholic Church should respond to proponents of same-sex marriage.
Francis Beckwith, an American Catholic philosopher, discusses how natural law arguments can be used to defend human life.
Recently, Katharine Jefferts-Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of America, gave a sermon on the issue of diversity, and lamented that we have a hard time accepting things that are different. She commented on Acts 16, which tells the story of St. Paul arriving in Philipi, where he is accosted by a young girl possessed by a demon. Christians read this passage as a positive one, as St. Paul liberated the girl from the demon – he showed love by giving her freedom.
At an introductory Theology class at Campion College, mention was made of a marketing campaign by Coca-Cola Amatil last year, which involved the distribution of bottles or cans of Coca-Cola emblazoned with the customer's name. No name was too obscure or to be excluded from the embrace of Coke. In this campaign one could see an attempt to closely identify this mass produced soft drink with the individuality of the customer.
Proponents of same-sex marriage frequently use a combination of personal experience and statistics to advocate their position. This approach, however, is under scrutiny from academics such as Paul Gondreau, professor of Catholic theology at Providence College, Rhode Island, who says such arguments appeal to sentiment rather than to reason.
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