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The Centre for Public Christianity aims to promote the public understanding of the Christian faith. The Centre offers free comment, interviews, and other web based material. For more information go to publicchristianity.org.

Life & Faith Centre for Public Christianity

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 231 Ratings

The Centre for Public Christianity aims to promote the public understanding of the Christian faith. The Centre offers free comment, interviews, and other web based material. For more information go to publicchristianity.org.

    The Best Bit

    The Best Bit

    People have very different ideas of what Christmas is “really about”. Life & Faith weighs the options.


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    “This is pure joy … but this is infused with truffle.”


    What makes this time of year so magical for so many? 


    In this final episode of Life & Faith for 2021, the team talk about the food, the gifts, the traditions, the family time … and what any of it has to do with the original story. Tim Costello joins Simon, Justine, and Natasha to tell a remarkable story of the most memorable Christmas present he ever received, and Rev Bill Crews talks about the 50+ years he’s been hosting a Christmas lunch for those who don’t have anyone to spend this time of year with. 


    “Out of the sadness and the destructiveness of this world, new hope is being born every second. Every second. All you have to do is look and listen, and you’ll see it. Over and over and over again, I’ve found that.” 


     


    Explore:


    2021 Waitrose Christmas ad 


    Exodus Foundation Christmas lunch for the needy

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    The Problem of Desire

    The Problem of Desire

    Theologian Sarah Coakley interrogates our relationship to sex, food, money, the body, and God.


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    “I see desire as a central human phenomenon … We see desire in the newborn baby, for physical and psychological needs. We see desire in the dying person, even if they’ve lost the capacity for speech. We see desire in people who are very severely brain damaged or physically damaged. Desire is always there, from the moment of birth to the last gasp of our breath.”


    Where do our desires come from? How do we adjudicate between competing desires? And what are our lives really about, what do we most long for?


    Professor Sarah Coakley brings a keen and compassionate eye to our difficulties as a culture with sex, eating and drinking, wealth, and more. Her short but profound book The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender, and the Quest for God invites us into a lifelong sorting of desire that might allow us to prioritise what truly matters.


    “If you join a religious community within Christianity, there is one question that's asked of you as you join and it's Quid petis, what are you seeking? What are you seeking? What is your life for? And I'm trying to get this question back into the heart of our spiritual and theological reflection, whether or not you believe in God.”


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    The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender, and the Quest for God

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    A nation of gamblers?

    A nation of gamblers?

    Tim Costello on the spiritual hold gambling exerts over Australian politics, culture, and identity.


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    Tim Costello knows a thing or two about how to fight social justice battles on multiple fronts simultaneously.


    The ex-World Vision CEO, lawyer, Baptist preacher, spokesperson for the End Covid For All campaign, and Senior Fellow of CPX has also campaigned against gambling and the pervasiveness of pokies in our pubs and clubs for 25 years.


    In October, the Victorian Royal Commission into Crown Casinos found that Crown’s illegal, unethical, and exploitative conduct made it “unfit” to operate a casino. And yet the organisation was still given two years to clean up its act.


    Tim has been a strident critic of Crown since its inception. In this Life & Faith, he reflects on why and how Crown became “too big to fail”, the impact of gambling addiction on people’s lives, and the national myth Australia tells about itself – that it’s a nation of gamblers.


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    Explore:


    Tim’s article in The Saturday Paper


    Tim’s July 2021 op-ed in The Sydney Morning Herald


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    Seen & Heard - The Sequel

    Seen & Heard - The Sequel

    We talk Ted Lasso, Sally Rooney’s latest novel, and get sentimental about our stuff with Unpacking.


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    Simon, Natasha, and Justine download on Apple TV’s Ted Lasso, celebrating the infectious kindness of its hero, the power of pastoral care in general, and the ways the hit show brightened the days of many Australian viewers in lockdown this year.


    Justine introduces the team to the surprisingly emotional experience of playing Unpacking, an award-winning video game in which you put away your character’s belongings and, in the process, reflect on how our material possessions connect us to immaterial realities like memory and emotions. 


    Lastly, what happens when the twenty-something characters populating Sally Rooney’s fiction turn 30? Natasha meditates on their angst, disappointments, relationships, and conflicted spiritual longings in Rooney’s latest book Beautiful World, Where Are You.


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    Seen & Heard: Simon, Natasha, and Justine talk about Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen’s podcast Renegades: Born in the USA, Patricia Lockwood’s memoir Priest Daddy, and the latest TV adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand


    Millennial Malaise: Life & Faith interview with Guardian journalist Bridie Jabour, author of Trivial Grievances: On the myths, miseries, and contradictions of your 30s


    Miroslav Volf’s CPX lecture Pleasure, Meaning and the Death of God


    Sandra Newman’s article: "Every house is a haunted house"


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    • 33 min
    Can you see me?: Christine Caine’s Fight Against Modern Slavery.

    Can you see me?: Christine Caine’s Fight Against Modern Slavery.

    Christine Caine explores how her own challenges ignited a passion for justice for the voiceless and exploited.


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    Author, speaker, and advocate Christine Cain tells Life & Faith about her personal journey that led her to co-found anti-slavery organisation--A21. She explains her shock when she discovered not only the scale of human trafficking in the world today, but that it existed at all.


    Christine’s personal story is inextricably linked to the reason she took this challenge on, and her faith explains why she thinks audacious goals are achievable in the fight to end slavery today.


    “We have a statement Um at A:21, it says let's abolish slavery everywhere forever. Some people roll their eyes, but I'm like, ‘This is not rocket science, there's 7.8 billion people and 40 million slaves do the math!’ If we awaken enough people to this and then we are prepared to change our lives a little bit, I think we can actually get this job done.”


    “I looked and I went in that moment from looking at someone else's missing child to seeing what could have been my own daughter.”


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    https://www.a21.org/


    https://christinecaine.com/content/books/gk14sg


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    • 31 min
    The loneliness epidemic

    The loneliness epidemic

    Clinical psychologist Jonathan Andrews explains how, in the right circumstances, relationships can heal our broken hearts, and salve our growing loneliness. 


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    Jonathan Andrews’ book The Reconnected Heart: How Relationships Can Help Us Heal is born out of his experience as a clinical psychologist where he has witnessed the powerful healing potential in connection with ourselves, other people and with God. 


    Andrews believes that there are significant benefits from cultivating healthy relationships that can help us overcome even significant trauma and loss.


    “And this is a thing I think to remember about loneliness, loneliness isn't just about the quantity of connection, it's about the quality of connection. To put it succinctly would say something like it's about the lack of understanding. So you can be lonely in a crowd, you can be lonely at a party. So there's lots of people around, but really if you want to overcome loneliness, you have to be properly understood.”


    “... we underestimate the positive impact that we can bring to other people's lives. And we also … w entertain this idea that I'm the only one who's suffering like this and that's simply not true. One in four Australians are suffering from significant amounts of loneliness. So the lonely people aren't alone, Lonely people are experiencing things that many, many Australians are experiencing.”


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    The Reconnected Heart: How Relationships Can Help Us Heal by Jonathan Andrews


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    • 30 min

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231 Ratings

231 Ratings

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