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‘Dan Brown phenomenon’ fuels Judas text interest say UK scholars

Religion scholars say the recent release of the "Gospel of Judas", an early Christian text favourable to the disciple reputed to have betrayed Jesus, can contribute to understanding about the world of early Christianity. But some have also expressed scepticism about what they see as media hyperbole surrounding the manuscript’s release. "I think the massive media interest in the ‘Gospel ...

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Youth worker’s doco leaves viewers breathless

Centenary Uniting Church youth worker Jason Bray launched his debut film at the Palace Centro cinema, New Farm, in February to a full house and with endorsement from Queensland Governor Quentin Bryce. Breathless is a documentary dealing with the issue of chemical sniffing, known as chroming, that is plaguing homeless, low-income and Indigenous youth in Queensland. Told through the voices ...

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Letters show why UK didn’t act on Bonhoeffer’s Nazi resistance offer

War-time letters published for the first time are shedding light on why Britain refused to support an internal German resistance movement seeking to topple the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler during the Second World War. Correspondence in 1942 between Bell and the then British foreign minister Anthony Eden is included in "Bishop George Bell – the Greatest Churchman – a ...

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60 year history of camping at Alex Park

2006 marks the 60th anniversary of one of Queensland’s longest serving and most popular campsites, Alexandra Park. Purchased by the Youth Department of the Presbyterian Church, Alex Park was officially opened and dedicated during an evening dinner on Good Friday, 19 April 1946. Located directly opposite the Alexandra Headland surf beach, the camp originally consisted of 173 acres of natural ...

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Cromwell College students learn the secret to success

The one thing Matt Noffs of the Ted Noffs Foundation was not going to tell students at Cromwell College during his presentation entitled ‘Sex, Booze and Honour Rolls’ was not to drink. Thanks to a UC Foundation grant, the co-ed Uniting Church residential college on campus at the University of Queensland brought Matt up from Kings Cross, Sydney, to talk ...

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Pentecostal, less traditional Protestant churches grow in US

Pentecostal and so-called non-mainline Protestant churches show continuing growth in the United States, while mainstream churches continue to lose membership, according to the latest annual figures on US church membership. The largest Protestant denomination in the United States, the Southern Baptist Convention, showed a decline in membership, while the Roman Catholic Church, the largest single church body, showed a slight ...

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World renowned Christian leader to present 11th Assembly Bible studies

Visitors and members of the 11th Assembly can look forward to an exciting Bible Study program headed by one of Africa’s most gifted evangelistic preachers, Rev Dr Mvume Dandala. A South African Methodist, who served as the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church in Southern Africa during and after the apartheid era, Mr Dandala promises to bring a fresh take ...

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Tutu honoured on South African gold coin

South African Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been honoured by the South African Mint at a ceremony in which he struck a commemorative gold coin celebrating his achievement. "We are too prone as South Africans to sell ourselves short," Tutu, the former head of the country’s Anglican church said at the 28 March ceremony. "We have so much ...

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Turmoil continues in West Papua

Security forces in West Papua continue to hunt down students who were involved in the March 16th demonstration in Abepura. Around 1,000 people are said to be hiding in the hills near Jayapura while twenty people have been hospitalised after being beaten by the police. Approximately 200 Papuans have now crossed onto Papua New Guinea to seek protection from police ...

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Protests said to have triggered freeing of Afghan Christian convert

An Afghan man who faced the death penalty for converting from Islam has been freed after a court in Kabul dismissed the case against Abdul Rahman following worldwide appeals on his behalf. Earlier 41-year old Rahman had declared he was ready to die for his faith. He had faced possible execution under Sharia, strict Islamic law, for converting from Islam ...

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