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Religion: it’s at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain. Why are you here? What happens when you die? Does God matter? God Forbid seeks the answers.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 167 Ratings

Religion: it’s at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain. Why are you here? What happens when you die? Does God matter? God Forbid seeks the answers.

    Do religions die?

    Do religions die?

    Today, billions of people adhere to one of the “Big Five” major religions, but there are many more religions from history that have died out. Conquests, cultural change and conversions have all caused religions to shift, shrink and disappear. But when can we truly declare a religion “dead”? And could the religions of today die out in the distant future? 

    Guests:  

    Aslan Pahari, Video presenter/producer, ABC Digital Content and Innovation 

    Adam Bowles, Associate Professor in Asian Religions at the University of Queensland 

    Carole Cusak, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Sydney 

    • 54 min
    Sawdust and the soul

    Sawdust and the soul

    Jesus was famously a carpenter, and many religious texts associate carpentry with wisdom, humility, and devotion. So, is there something divine about working with wood? Woodwork is the most ancient of crafts. It can offer both solitude and companionship, teach us lessons about patience and failure, and connect us to place, people and stories. 

    Guests:

    Phoebe Everill, furniture maker and woodwork teacher from Drummond, Victoria 

    Father Dan Groody, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana

    Barry Golding, Honorary Professor in adult and community education at Federation University, author of Shoulder to Shoulder: Broadening the Men’s Shed Movement 

    • 53 min
    Is religious discrimination law reform too difficult?

    Is religious discrimination law reform too difficult?

    The federal government is unwilling to progress promised religious discrimination reforms unless it secures bipartisan support from the Coalition. Can a compromise be reached, or is this debate likely to be shelved again? 
     
    Guests:

    Chris Bedding, is Executive Officer of Faith Workers Alliance and a priest of the Anglican Church in Perth

    David Robertson, Presbyterian minister, director of the ASK project of Evangelism and New Churches of the Sydney Anglican diocese

    Dr. Renae Barker, lawyer and senior lecturer at the UWA Law School

    • 54 min
    No pain, no gain - why we make sacrifices

    No pain, no gain - why we make sacrifices

    Why do we choose to endure hardship? Can sacrifices - sacred and secular - make us better human beings? 

    Guests:

    Justine Toh, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity.  

    Adis Duderija, Senior Lecturer in the Study of Islam and Society in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University.  

    Brock Bastian, Professor at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences 

    • 54 min
    Straying from strict parents

    Straying from strict parents

    What is it like to grow up in a strict religious or cultural household - and what happens when you no longer agree with your parents’ worldview? 

    Guests:

    David Newheiser, Senior Research Fellow, Religion and Theology, ACU, author of Hope in a Secular Age

    Laura McConnell Conti, grew up in a fundamentalist Christian group known as The Truth

    Professor Manjula Datta O’Connor, psychiatrist and author of Daughters of Durga: Dowries, Gender Violence and Family in Australia
        

    • 54 min
    Demonising the "dole bludger"

    Demonising the "dole bludger"

    The modern welfare state emerged in Australia some 100 years ago, but it remains a subject of intense ideological, philosophical and even religious debate.

    Guests:

    Verity Archer, ​​lecturer in social work, community and human services at Federation University

    Eve Vincent, anthropologist at Macquarie University, author of Who Cares? Life on Welfare in Australia

    John Falzon, Senior Fellow Inequality and Social Justice at the Per Capita think tank, former CEO of St Vincent De Paul Society Australia

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
167 Ratings

167 Ratings

SimonAlfref ,

So funny!

Gotta love the Quiz.
James Carleton is amazing.

poetlorikeet ,

Diverse ideas and speakers

I’ve consistently listened to this podcast every weekend for years - and I’ve been non-religious my whole life.
It’s at its best when the guests are from diverse religious backgrounds and when the topic isn’t obviously religious: it is so interesting to hear how people consider different things to be spiritual and how they approach them in their own ways, according to their religious upbringing. So many similarities but so many differences as well!

Damien JVC ,

Neurodiversity

Congratulations on curating such a wonderful collection of people to share their stories of neurodiversity. Kudos to James Carleton for the wisdom to skilfully weave the eclectic speakers stories together with an understated restraint, so that their voices remained centre and James’s comments were elegant in their minimalism. As someone with ADHD I very much appreciated this episode, and could closely identify with much of what was said. The selection of speakers, the structure of the episode, the compassion & curiosity evident in Jame’s questions and comments, the editing process; all these have delivered without doubt the absolutely best podcast episode I have listened to on neurodiversity.
Thank you to everyone at the ABC involved in making this episode, I will be sharing it with friends and family as it illuminates the topic of neurodiversity with authentic humanity, like the warm golden light of a sunrise, in contrast to the harsh cold fluorescent light of a dehumanising laboratory. Congratulations on creating such good journalism.

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