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While Sikh weddings will often feature the symbolic dagger known as the “kirpan”, that is not the connection I am writing about. In NSW at the moment both weddings in general, and kirpans worn by...
Religious Freedom and the Ruddock Review
Dec 13, 2018
The Prime Minister today released the Religious Freedom Review and the Government Response to that Review. The Expert Panel has produced a significant and judicious Report that will form the basis for a better understanding...
The “monitum” and “rogue priests”
Dec 9, 2017
With the commencement of the legislation adopting same-sex marriage for Australia today, 9 December, it seems worthwhile to note some more implications, following my initial comments on the change.
Same sex marriage will soon become law
Nov 15, 2017
The religious freedom question though is this - when the law on marriage changes what do you do with people whose beliefs about marriage do not change? Is there freedom to hold, speak and express that view to be protected or to be punished?
If the same-sex postal survey returns a majority “Yes” vote, what are things that Christian churches which are committed to a Biblical view of sex and marriage need to be thinking about? This brief paper will simply outline some issues, all of which will need careful further thought.
Thinking Biblically about … family
Nov 6, 2017
How can the Bible inform our approach to family? In the Bible, we see how God intended the extended family to be the basic unit of society, a source of lifelong economic provision and support, the foundation of welfare and the primary source of personal and religious identity. Although our lives and society are very different today, the wider family still plays a critical role both personally and publically.