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The long weekend is almost upon us, offering time to catch our breath and reflect on where we’ve come from and where we’re heading.  We all have hopes for the future – whether private or public, small or large.  What are your hopes for 2010?  What are your hopes for […]

Religious perspectives on embryo donation

My co-authored paper, “Religious perspectives on embryo donation and research,” has been published in Clinical Ethics, the journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Well done to the team and contributors in what turned out to be a laborious process! Here’s the abstract: The success of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) worldwide has […]

Religious freedom and the secular state

In September last year the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) launched a review of freedom of religion and belief in Australia (hereafter FRB). This is a major project involving a process of written submissions, workshops, public hearings and stakeholder meetings, culminating in a report to be presented to the federal government some time in 2010. Rod Benson examines the background and rationale for the review, suggesting that it is driven by a desire to accommodate the needs of Muslim Australians, and a desire to reduce the influence of conservative Christians.

A Christian response to the economic crisis

Historically market capitalism has delivered enormous material benefits to millions, but there are also unintended negative consequences of rapid economic growth such as inefficient distribution of wealth and power, consumerism, and climate degradation. We live in a fallen world, and legislation and regulation are important instruments to protect people and communities from the impact of wrong attitudes and actions