Daniel Stollenwerk reviews Cardinal George, OMI, The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture (New York: Crossroad Publishing Co., 2009) It all goes back to Thomas’s Ipsum esse subsistens. Dons Scotus and William of Oakham steered us away from a medieval communion of nature, society and politics. Thomas Hobbes and John Locke eventually offered us the pursuit […]
19-26 MARCH 2010 Teaching Stillness & Silence Brochure and Booking Form Perth (19/3), Brisbane (22/3), Sydney (23/3), Adelaide (24/3), Melbourne (25/3), Hobart (26/3) We progress by stopping – Meister Eckhart Almost everything that students experience today inhibits their journey inward towards stillness and silence. The world suggests the solution to this restlessness lies outside of oneself in the pursuit of […]
The secret to life is not to have everything you want, but to want everything you have. This was a quote presented to us at the Dialogue Australasia Seminar in Brisbane March 2009 on Teaching Values across the Curriculum. We had to say if we substantially agreed or disagreed with that comment. We had a moment to reflect, and then […]
You won’t have to look far in 2009 before you bump into the world-wide celebrations of Charles Darwin’s legacy which extends beyond the natural and social sciences to all corners of our lives. The Bicentennial of Darwin’s birth and 150th anniversary of his seminal work, On The Origin of Species provides rich opportunities for questioning the views presented within evolutionary […]
‘If you were asked to share with others an inspirational prayer or poem or quotation which is a source of strength for you in your life, what would you choose?” This is the question Rosalind Bradley posed to 450 people of different faiths and backgrounds, who have made a significant contribution to contemporary Australian life through their extraordinary capabilities, or […]
Why do we run from things that are inevitable? Why is dying a taboo subject that makes us feel afraid? Facing Death – a new work by Mary Walker Productions that will premiere at the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival, explores death and dying using Elizabeth Kubler Ross’ 5 Stages of Grief (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance) as a framework. […]
I’m a fan of Stephen Law, because his insistence that religious education should encourage independent critical thought resonates with DAN’s raison d’etre. As such, Law’s book, The War for Children’s Minds which elaborates on this idea, should be prescribed reading for all RAVE teachers (make that every teacher, Head, parent, church leader….come to think of it, anyone responsible for the […]
Stephen Law, author of the best selling Philosophy Files (and amongst other titles, the must read War for Children’s Minds), has posted an entire sample chapter on his Blog.
What role does faith play in determining attitudes towards sex? A panel of dedicated virgins, sex advocates, gay Christians, Atheists, Muslims, New Agers amongst others join the conversation.
Brown University Professor of Biology, Dr Kenneth Miler, discusses why intelligent design is a threat to scientific rationalism.