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Atheists and Christians can enjoy sympathetic and interesting conversations about religion

RELIGION is one topic that should never be discussed at the dinner table, so the old maxim goes. And, for years, atheists and Christians have been considered poles apart on this topic.  According to Australian Catholic University’s Professor David Newheiser, this caricature is based on a false premise. Prof Newheiser is part of an international collaborative project called Atheism and ... Read More »

ACU shines a light on the difficult issues in new lecture series

Exploring contemporary social, political, cultural and religious issues, and their impact on how we understand our world, is the goal of the Australian Catholic University (ACU) Luminaries Series of public lectures, seminars, workshops, short courses, and research colloquia. Executive Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Professor Dermot Nestor said the series, launched in September this year, demonstrates ACU’s ... Read More »

ACU: Distance education with a difference

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When Dr Nicole Archard decided to study for her masters she had temporarily moved out of the Catholic school system. “I was missing the connection I’d felt within that community and was looking for a way to re-establish it – and to gain a deeper philosophical understanding of the world,” she said. Dr Archard, now the Principal of Loreto College ... Read More »

How a Rockhampton girl took theology to Rome

Tracey Rowland

AUSTRALIA’S most successful female theology export credits her flourishing career to a Mercy Sister who threatened to haunt her beyond the grave.  Professor Tracey Rowland, dean and permanent fellow at Australia’s own pontifical institute in Melbourne, received her tutelage under the Mercy Sisters in Ipswich and Rockhampton. Despite being “so often in trouble” with the sisters at St Mary’s College, ... Read More »

Discussion on ecumenism

Theologian Matthew Tan

MENTION social justice in a room where Catholics are mingling and expect a lengthy, heated discussion. The internal combustion caused by this term, “social justice”, and its push or pull among Catholics, almost defines the influence of the Second Vatican Council in the Catholic Church in Australia. But Dr Matthew Tan, a former Brisbane student and lecturer at Sydney’s Campion ... Read More »

Inspiring NZ bishop to visit

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DUNEDIN’S “humble” Bishop Colin Campbell will share his thoughts on the theological “DNA” of Catholics when he visits Brisbane next month. Invited by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Brisbane, Bishop Campbell will visit eight parishes in the Brisbane archdiocese between Southport to Hervey Bay from July 3 to 12. He will talk on Christians and their identity in Christ. CCR Brisbane ... Read More »

Australian appointed to International Theological Commission

Prof Tracey Rowland

AUSTRALIAN Professor Tracey Rowland is among Pope Francis’ latest appointments to the International Theological Commission. On September 23, the Vatican released the names of 30 theologians who will serve a five-year term on the commission. Women have served on the panel since 2004, but, until now, there have never been more than two. Prof Rowland is dean of the John ... Read More »

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