Home > Opinion (page 40)

Opinion

Engaging science

ACCORDING TO the most recent census statistics, atheism is the fastest growing “religion” in Australia. So often science is blamed for undermining the faith of people. It is still popularly believed that science and religion are in opposition. However historians of science argue that the rise of natural science, what we in the west describe as “modern science”, grew out ...

Read More »

Redefining the gospel

Journey continues its exploration of Brian McLaren’s 10 questions that he says are transforming the church. This month we look at the gospel question. I RECENTLY came across a writer who suggested that we should be able to summarise the Christian gospel in 10 words or less. “If you can’t summarise what you believe in 10 words, do you truly ...

Read More »

Movie mind games

I HAVE enjoyed two DVDs recently that have made me think about the relationship between faith and belief in a higher power and the mind. Both films originate from a very secular understanding of faith, which is one of the things I enjoyed about them. Both films ask if faith and the idea of the soul are purely constructs of ...

Read More »

Journey asks Judith Finau: Why do you volunteer?

WHEN ASKED the question “Why do you volunteer”? I had to think about it for a while. Growing up in the Northmead Methodist Church in New South Wales volunteering has been part of my life for more than 50 years. It was something I just did. Volunteering to me means serving without asking for reward and caring for those who ...

Read More »

Journey asks Mobin Barati: Why do you volunteer?

AS A NEW migrant to Australia I need to strengthen my community relations and break down barriers of fear and misunderstanding. Volunteering helps me meet new people and make new friends. It promotes my self-growth and I can use my skills and learn new social skills or even technical skills which are related to the Australian social and work culture. ...

Read More »

Journey asks Greg Mackay: Why do you volunteer?

WE LIVE in a world of opposites; opposites of opportunity, hope, and life itself. For many of us, and certainly for me, my life lived is a life blessed. And so it is for almost all of my family members, friends, and colleagues. But for many others, for the majority world, for many, many of our fellow citizens it is ...

Read More »

Giving freely for the sake of all

I HAVE just returned from a visit with the United Church of the Solomon Islands where I had the remarkable experience of a church, indeed a country, that exists on the strength of volunteers. I saw wonderful infrastructure and human services that exist because of volunteers. I had several conversations with a group of Rotary volunteers from Rockhampton and Bundaberg. ...

Read More »

Exploring more than life and death

THE DAY before I wrote this I heard Peter Gabriel’s song Solsbury Hill on the radio. That night over a good red I told my husband that that was the song I wanted played at my funeral. Now apart from completely categorising me as a new romantic, this song says a lot about my understanding of life and death. Mr ...

Read More »