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Five faith-themed classics to celebrate International Literacy Day

Wind flipping through a book's pages.

International Literacy Day (8 September) raises awareness of the vital role literacy plays in achieving global development and social justice. From finding employment to understanding health information, literacy skills are the keys to unlocking a better future. To get people thinking about the written word and the enjoyment reading can bring, Trinity Theological Library has put together a list of ...

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Make Australia Christian again?

Post-God Nation book cover, author is Roy Williams, publisher is ABC Books, released in 2015.

Australia could be reasonably described as a post-Christian nation, and Roy Williams’ Post-God Nation tackles the issue of faith in our current society head-on. Dr James Page reviews. Apologetics is an established theological genre, traditionally involving the defence of Christianity against pagan beliefs.  Roy Williams and his book Post-God Nation stands in this historic tradition, although, in this case, Williams ...

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Expanded: Rev Dr Geoff Thompson and disturbing the Basis of Union

Rev Dr Geoff Thompson at the recent launch of his book, Trinity Theological Library, Brisbane. Photo by Mardi Lumsden.

Here in Queensland to promote his new book, Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many: Theology provoked by the Basis of Union, Rev Dr Geoff Thompson sat down with Journey to delve deeper into issues of faith, society and the Uniting Church in Australia’s foundational document, the Basis of Union. Journey: If there’s one takeaway from the book, what is it? Geoff: The ...

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Tarantino’s violence in a world gone mad

Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bruce Dern in The Hateful Eight. Photo by Roadshow Entertainment.

The Hateful Eight may be an R-rated, hard-to-stomach watch for some Christians, but Dr Janice McRandal offers an alternative perspective on Tarantino’s violence and the film’s defiantly religious framing device. The Hateful Eight is a characteristically antagonizing film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino: intense violence, extreme profanity and uncomfortable truths around race and misogyny assault the viewer for almost ...

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Disturbing book launch explores the Basis

Rev Dr Geoff Thompson at the recent launch of his book, Trinity Theological Library, Brisbane. Photo by Mardi Lumsden.

Journey sits down with Rev Dr Geoff Thompson to discuss his new book on the Basis of Union and its relevancy to issues alive in the church today. A new book by Rev Dr Geoff Thompson exploring the Uniting Church in Australia’s foundational document, the Basis of Union, recently brought the former principal of Trinity Theological College back to Queensland ...

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Film review: God Willing

God Willing (2015) still. Photo property of Palace Films.

There’s a distinctly European flavour to God Willing (Se Dio vuole), the 2015 Italian comedy about love and faith which won Best New Director for writer-director Edoardo Falcone at the recent Italian Oscars. Dianne Jensen reviews this subtle commentary on the search for meaning in a post-Christian society. The lifestyle of the dysfunctional family at the heart of this film ...

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Book launch draws together Trinity ties

Rev Dr David Mackay-Rankin (left) and Rev Dr Geoff Thompson attend Rev Dr Thompson's book launch. Photo: Supplied

A book launch for Rev Dr Geoff Thompson’s exploration of the Uniting Church in Australia’s foundational document, the Basis of Union, brought together two former principals of Trinity Theological College. Matt Gees reports. Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many: Theology provoked by the Basis of Union by Rev Dr Geoff Thompson was launched by the former principal and academic dean of Trinity Theological College ...

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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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The Trial of a Country Donkey: Au Hasard Balthazar

Anne Wiazemsky. Photo: Supplied.

Noted for his austere formal style and unique approach to performance, French filmmaker Robert Bresson is globally celebrated as a master of the cinematic arts. He has inspired generations of filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Andrei Tarkovsky, the Dardenne brothers and Lars von Trier, and renowned screenwriter Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) stated he was the “most important spiritual artist living—a spiritual ...

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Breaking the silence

Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo play a team of Boston Globe reporters. Photo by Kerry Hayes and Open Road Films.

Sometimes it takes an outsider to notice something everyone else doesn’t want to see. It’s one of the curiosities of human behaviour; different people, given the same information, in the same context, will interpret that information completely differently. Setting aside one’s preconceptions and reporting a story with fairness and accuracy is the core challenge of journalism. Done right, it’s a ...

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