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Moral Reasoning - Waking
Published date: Tuesday, September 11, 2007
By: Oliver Odonovan
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Explore ‘Moral Reasoning’ with one of the world’s formost Christian ethicists and theologians.

In his first New College Lecture Professor Oliver O’Donovan used the metaphor of “wakefulness” - the mind alert to shape decisions and actions, to consider what it means for humans to make right choices based on what is “good” and “right”.

You have invited me to make the long journey from Europe to Australia. In return I am inviting you to

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Loving thine local enemy
Published date: Friday, November 18, 2005
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A watch has gone missing. A nine-year-old boy is angry. But given Jesus’ command about how you should treat your enemies, how will he respond?

I’m feeling stoked with my nine-year old, who has just exercised one of the genuine and most elusive human virtues. And in time for Christmas, too.

It started with what might be considered an overly compassionate move by my wife: she let the local maniac in to play. This boy speeds up the second law of

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Morality and the Moderns
Published date: Thursday, November 18, 2004
By: Greg Clarke

What happens when God isn’t looking? Greg Clarke looks at the connections between the death of God in modernity and the behaviour and moral universe of Modernist writers and artists.

"The fool says in his heart ‘There is no God’", according to the writer of Psalm 14. The Hebrew words translated as "fool" in the Psalms apparently refer not to someone’s intellect, but to their moral fibre. A fool is not an idiot, but a reprobate. He (or she) doesn’t

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Trinitarian renovating
Published date: Wednesday, November 17, 2004
By: Stephen Cox

I live in Sydney, which means I am compelled to live and breathe real estate. My interest is piqued by special newspaper supplements, home improvement television and the headlining news of adjustments in interest rates. Even social conversation is frequently hijacked by concerns of who is looking for what, and who is doing up which so that they can sell it for something else. The ‘built environment’ has so filled our horizons that we cannot see past

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Discriminating discrimination
Published date: Friday, June 18, 2004
By: Andrew Cameron & Tracy Gordon

New legislation in NSW may create headaches for religious education.

Discrimination is an ugly phenomenon. When someone misses out on a job, or is abused or not served in a shop because of their sexuality, or disability or gender, our society suffers. The dignity and humanity of those who are discriminated against suffers. The dignity and humanity of those who perpetrate the discrimination suffers. In fact, the dignity and humanity of us all

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Rights of the terminally ill
Published date: Sunday, January 18, 2004
By: Megan Best

Rethinking euthanasia and our care for the dying.

I welcome this opportunity to share my thoughts relating to the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill. I agree with Mr Cohen when he says that terminally ill individuals should be able to die in dignity and with comfort. However, I do not think this bill is the way to achieve it.

Today I would like to explain why I do not support a change in the law to allow euthanasia. I will do this in two stages:

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Animal rights and human responsibilities
Published date: Sunday, January 18, 2004
By: Megan Best

Why should we care for animals—and how far does our duty of care go? Megan Best compares Singer’s utilitarianism with the Christian view of human responsibility.

What is it which morally distinguishes humans from animals? Some writers, those with what I will call ‘animal equality’ views, feel that their arguments are so strong that they put the onus on those with opposing positions to prove why animals should not receive moral status equal to

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The strange world of Peter Singer: a hitchhiker’s guide
Published date: Saturday, January 17, 2004
By: Andrew Cameron
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Peter Singer’s ethical framework certainly demands a response from Christians. Andrew Cameron examines a book that attempts to do just that.

Imagine a world where it is wrong to kill mice, but acceptable to not want children.

In this world, there are no butchers’ shops, fish markets or hamburgers.There are no beef cattle or battery hens, and restaurants are basically vegan. Sports shooting and fishing are illegal, for shooters and fishermen are

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War and judgement
Published date: Wednesday, October 29, 2003
By: Andrew Cameron
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Oliver O’Donovan has written a sharp new book which reshapes Just War thinking in a Gulf War II environment.

Ernst Juenger fought in the final German offensive of World War I. Here is his account of his unit’s advance:

The great moment had come. The curtain of fire lifted from the front trenches. We stood up. With a mixture of feelings, evoked by bloodthirstiness, rage, and intoxication, we moved in step, ponderously but irresistibly toward the

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Just war or just aggression?
Published date: Sunday, December 01, 2002
By: Andrew Cameron

How does Just War theory help resolve questions about the moral nature of war? Is it sufficient for our times? Andrew Cameron addressed these questions in the first Case magazine, available here.

Since September 2002, over 30,000 U.S. academics (including some 14,000 faculty) have signed an open letter condemning any U.S. invasion of Iraq. Here in Australia, a number of leading Australian politicians and military officials, including a former

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