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Religious instruction in the classroom: an update

Megan Thomson and Holly Jewell lead RI at Oxley State School in June. Photo: Mardi Lumsden

In the July 2016 edition of Journey, we explored the issue of religious instruction (RI) taught in Queensland state primary schools. It was a hot-topic following various media reports on RI and a school principal suspending the program at a Brisbane state school. A state government review into the management of RI in state schools and the Connect RI curriculum ...

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Ken Ham: A Queenslander with all the Answers

Ken Ham at the Ark Encounter in North America. Photo was supplied.

When it comes to divisive Australian Christians, they don’t get much bigger than Ken Ham. Ben Rogers interviews the Queensland creationist who is grabbing news headlines for his $100 million Noah’s ark replica. The recent public unveiling of Ken’s Ark Encounter attraction in Kentucky, North America, brought the kind of media attention you’d expect from building a faith-themed mega-structure 155 ...

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Expanded: Ken Ham in his own words

Ken Ham at the Ark Encounter in North America. Photo was supplied.

When you construct a gargantuan $100 million Noah’s ark replica in the heart of America’s “Bible belt”, chances are you’ll gain attention. Lots of it. Ken Ham is the controversial driving force behind the Ark Encounter and sure enough, the media has flocked to Kentucky, North America to cover his impressive feat of taking the specifications in Genesis 6:15 and ...

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August 2016 Journey now available

August 2016 Journey masthead.

This edition brings profiles of two Christian Queenslanders who offer radically different perspectives on faith: Ken Ham (page 6) and Val Webb (page 10). While Val emphasises the importance of questioning in faith and brings an unmistakable progressivism to Christianity, Ken has an intense certainty in the Old Testament as literal history and is getting people around the world talking, ...

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July 2016 Journey now available

July 2016 Journey masthead.

The Rogers household has a laugh whenever politicians or government bureaucrats talk about ideologically-neutral educational material in schools. If some are so desperate to remove religion from schools, then shouldn’t they prioritise thinking about how the religion of the “state” is presented to children? The way in which government has omnipotent authority to exempt itself from the rules it imposes ...

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Observing the heavenly in humans

© 1987 Road Movies GmbH / Argos Films S.A. Bruno Ganz contemplates the angelic life. Photo: Madman Entertainment

Emerging as one of the key voices from the 70s New German Cinema movement, Wim Wenders is an icon of global arthouse cinema with an enviable track record that includes multiple Academy Award nominations, the coveted Palme d’Or for best film at the Cannes film festival, the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival and lifetime achievement awards at the ...

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Expect the unexpected at Lifeline Bookfest

Nick Hart at the Lifeline sorting facility, Brisbane. Photo: Holly Jewell

Lifeline Bookfests attract crowds eager for a bargain on their books but there’s a wide array of the weird and wonderful to browse. Journey reports. While the Australian book industry continues to acclimatise to consumer trends favouring digital publishing, lovers of the printed page know Lifeline Bookfests are the must-attend event to celebrate their passion. With a massive volume of ...

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June 2016 Journey now available

June Journey now available

Come 2 July, Australians will be making the journey to the ballot box to decide who will represent them in Canberra. It’s easy to be cynical about the process: throughout the community there’s a serious trust deficit with our political elite, to the point where cronyism, lies and corruption elicit a shrug and an apathetic remark, “well, that’s politics for ...

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Trinity College Queensland offers fresh vision

Dr Leigh Trevaskis, recently appointed director of education for ministry and principal of Trinity College Queensland, addresses the 32nd Synod. Photo by Uniting Communications.

Rev Peter Lockhart, Board for Christian Formation chairperson, and Dr Leigh Trevaskis, recently appointed director of education for ministry and principal of Trinity College Queensland (TCQ), addressed members on the status of the board and TCQ. “The world of tertiary education is a changing environment constantly, and the way education is delivered, particularly in the online space, has been growing ...

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