The Spirit of Things - ABC RNAuthor: ABC Radio National
15 Aug 2018

The Spirit of Things - ABC RN

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The Spirit of Things is an adventure into religion and spirituality. It explores contemporary values and beliefs as expressed through ritual, art, music, and sacred texts.

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    A Listening Church

    This week, we hear from those calling for change in the church, and those who've overseen it. Theologian Richard Gaillardetz pulls no punches on the need for reform and renewal inside the Catholic Church, especially in light of the child sexual-abuse crisis. And the new President of the Uniting Church, Deidre Palmer, reflects on the recent decision to allow ministers to conduct same-sex marriages.

  • Posted on 12 Aug 2018

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    Yiddish mavens

    It’s the language of insults, food and humour you didn't even know you speak. This week, Yiddish and its connection to place, culture and religion in Australia. We speak to the authors of A Second Chance: The Making of Yiddish Melbourne. And, we hear this year's Archibald Prize winner, Yvette Coppersmith's connection to the language.

  • Posted on 05 Aug 2018

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    Should Christians and Atheists Get Along?

    You may think Atheism and Christianity are polar opposites of each other, but according to academic David Newheiser, they actually have a lot in common. Also joining us on The Spirit this week is Foreign Editor of The Australian, Greg Sheridan, whose new book God is Good for You: A Defence of Christianity in Troubled Times, argues that a world without God loses something of its humanity.

  • Posted on 29 Jul 2018

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    A changing church

    The Catholic Church may not look like it's changing, but significant developments are taking place. We hear from Melbourne's new Archbishop elect, Peter Comensoli, on the way the child abuse scandal has affected him and what he has in mind for the future. And, Sister Maeve Heaney tells us about the power of music as theology, as well as her role heading up a new centre for theological formation in Brisbane.

  • Posted on 22 Jul 2018

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    Women of Courage

    Jewish Holocaust survivor Aneta Weinreich shares her story of fleeing Nazi persecution across four countries, and the sacrifice three women played in ensuring her survival. And, we hear from Buddhist nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, the second Western woman to become ordained in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition, who spent 12 years in a cave.

  • Posted on 15 Jul 2018

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