A biblical view of death

A sermon by Rod Benson Writing on mortality in the journal First Things, graduate philosophy student Anna Mathie relates what she describes as “the most exquisitely sorrowful moment in a book filled with exquisitely beautiful sorrow” (the book is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings). In the story, Aragorn is at death’s door, and …

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 led to an accumulation of …

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.