The Spirit of Things - ABC RNAuthor: ABC Radio National
18 Nov 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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    Magic Medicine and the Meaning of Life

    Two intrepid minds explore the meaning of life. Professor John Rasko, a gene and stem-cell scientist, does not believe in a God who ‘chose’ to create the human race, but nevertheless thinks that extending human life is sacrosanct. And author of Magic, Jan Golembiewski, tells Rachael how crossing an African desert with no belongings taught him the true definition of freedom.

  • Posted on 18 Nov 2018

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    Courage and compassion in war

    The extraordinary story of poet and soldier John McCrae who wrote In Flanders Fields, the inspiration behind An Australian War Requiem and Aboriginal man's protest against Nazism after the events of Kristallnacht.

  • Posted on 11 Nov 2018

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    In Harmony

    Can music create harmony between people? Australian composer Gerard Brophy believes it has the power to bridge different cultures and faiths, and tells us how travel inspires his composing life. And, we meet two women whose oratorio, The People's Passion, celebrates the extraordinary women who tried to stop WWI, and left their stamp on the League of Nations.

  • Posted on 04 Nov 2018

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    Faith heals

    Three women facing dire physical and emotional challenges tell us how their spiritual traditions came to the rescue. Carolyn Martin clung to her faith when her young daughter, Sophie Delezio, was the victim of two serious car accidents. Ros Ben Moshe found a way to laugh at her shock cancer diagnosis, and nurse Tendayi Ganga found the light within after experiencing illness and divorce.

  • Posted on 28 Oct 2018

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    Religion: the oldest survival kit

    Professor Stephen Asma was a fairly confident atheist, until he saw the emotional and social value of religion while living in Cambodia. Now, his new book Why We Need Religion argues that religious belief contributes to the very survival of the human species. He joins Rachael to talk about his shift to agnosticism, the appeal of Buddhism, and why atheism is a social club motivated by outrage and anger.

  • Posted on 21 Oct 2018

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