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Religion and the state in the Peoples Republic of China

14 May 2018

Religion and the state in the Peoples Republic of China

By PACT Fellow Dr Bernard Doherty. While discussions of undue Chinese influence in Australian politics, President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption, and Chinese territorial expansion in the South China Sea have all featured heavily in recent Australian discussions on China, the topic of the Chinese state’s attitude toward religion has received far-less coverage – especially its treatment of religious minorities. While many Christians are at least vaguely aware of the.....

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Muslim and Christian scholars come together at Peace Conference

14 May 2018

Muslim and Christian scholars come together at Peace Conference

United Theological College (UTC) hosted an inter-faith Peace Conference in March which was supported by the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PACT). The event was organised by UTC lecturer Dr Anthony Rees who is also a Research Fellow with PACT. He said the event brought together Islamic and Christian academics who used “sacred texts as a site to discuss the understanding and communications of religion through texts”. A story.....

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Audio from Hope and Peace Event with David Neville

08 May 2018

Audio from Hope and Peace Event with David Neville

Associate Professor David Neville, who is head of Charles Sturt University's School of Theology, spoke at the recent Christians for an Ethical Society Forum on Hope and Peace on the 24th April 2018. His lecture was recorded and can be downloaded to listen to here. David Neville’s recently published examination of Gospel passages which appear to challenge the notion that the message and mission of Jesus was inherently peaceful is.....

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PACT scholar published in Fin Review

03 Apr 2018

PACT scholar published in Fin Review

Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre Scholar Rev'd Canon Scott Cowdell was recently published in The Australian Financial Review about the Australian Cricket ball-tampering scandal. His piece, 'Cricket cheats treat on the sacred' was published on the 28th March and is republished below. Cricket cheats tread on the sacred Forget Holy Week and Easter, because what counts as truly sacred has been revealed in Cape Town. Cricket officials have intoned.....

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