Religion

ozatheist on September 16th, 2008

Compass … this time we focus on Christian schools. How do Roman Catholic and other Christian schools teach values and religion? How do ‘Christian’ values inform teaching across the curricula? A fascinating look at what goes on in a variety of Christian schools in this country today. What makes them Christian, and are they all [...]

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ozatheist on September 9th, 2008

What goes on in an Islamic school? Who are the students and teachers? How do their curricula differ from other private and state schools? How much focus is there on religious instruction? Compass explores the stories of two Muslim schools to find out. In brief, the curricula differs in that they get taught religion, and [...]

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ozatheist on September 4th, 2008

On the Religion Report yesterday Stephen Crittenden interviewed Jeff Sharlet author of the book “The Family: Politics, Power and Fundamentalism’s Shadow Elite”.  The full transcript of the interview can be read at the Religion Report, where the audio is also available as a download. This is the opening to the transcript: The Family (or the [...]

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ozatheist on September 2nd, 2008

One of the positives that religious people claim is the love they feel within their church community and themselves with God. I can understand these feelings having gone through them myself years ago (see about page). The church can be a great place to meet people, after all, you are all there for the same [...]

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ozatheist on August 27th, 2008

More allegations of sexual abuse by a catholic priest, this time at a prestigious Catholic boys boarding college in Bathurst (NSW Australia). These allegations go back some years, and the priest was arrested some months back, but, for whatever reason, the story is all over the media today. Police are appealing for anyone with information [...]

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ozatheist on August 19th, 2008

What to do when some one writes a long reply to a simple question and then doesn’t even answer the question in the first place? At first I considered just ignoring it all (Poodles, possibly quite rightly, ignored points 1-3, but answered point 4 well. I knew it would be easy but Poodles saved me [...]

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ozatheist on August 1st, 2008

VJack asked me to consider this article from the results of a recent survey into Homophobia in Australia. The findings didn’t overly surprise me, according to the article the most homophobic person would be: a Baptist, or evangelical Christian, elderly male from Sydney’s southern suburbs. Scarily enough I was brought up a Baptist in the [...]

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ozatheist on July 6th, 2008

Due to a serious personal crisis, I have had neither the time, energy or inclination to blog, or comment on other blogs and forums. Writing this is a struggle in itself, but I thought you deserved a reason for my absence. I apologise to my loyal readers and anyone who comments here, especially any comments [...]

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ozatheist on June 27th, 2008

In answer to a question on another forum I stated that one of the reasons Catholics are being ‘picked on’ lately is because they are making themselves such easy targets. What with Catholic World Youth Day (C-WYD)  and all the apologetics saying how wonderful it’s going to be.  Not to mention they are an out-dated, [...]

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ozatheist on June 22nd, 2008

subtitled: Does Catholic World Youth Day = Tolerance? So how do you get 1,000+ comments? Write an article expounding how wonderful the Catholic World Youth Day (C-WYD) is going to be, or tell everyone you are an angry atheist, e.g. Greta Christina’s post Atheists and Anger. This post won’t be either. Thanks to CASE, I’ve [...]

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