The starkest example of this search for reproductive perfection is manifest in the spectacular decrease in the numbers of children in our community with Down syndrome.
The two poles of atheism, the contention that there is no evidence for the existence of a supernatural being and the irrationality, immaturity and superstition of believers is common fodder for modern atheists.
In the 2006 Census, Buddhism is marked as the second largest 'religion' after Christianity; Buddhism is enjoying considerable expansion here.
This leads directly to a triumphalist humanism that dangerously underestimates our capacity for evil. We find ourselves singing along with the Beatles 'All you need is love.'
Unlike an Indonesian president, God has no constituency to please; he is not capable of being bullied by Prime Ministers, nor is he open to bribes.
'Whoever says that all music is prohibited let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited.' - Imam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali
It is absurd to state that the only way we can know about the world is through scientific speculation since this activity is dependent upon assumptions that are not established by science. The argument is circular.
Abstracted to distraction, artists shouldn't complain when no one sees the point in their pieces. Their fault lies in them.
We need to avoid an escalation of rhetoric which would only polarise our society along religious and ethnic grounds. Here,freedom should ideally be balanced with honest self-criticism.
Politicians and some Church leaders have mouthed platitudes about Islam being a religion of peace and portraying those who murder in its name as betraying the ideals of Islam.
The question this essay addresses is whether there is a form of worship that is more faithful to the gospel than any other.
Does the Uniting Church have much of a future? Churches seem to be in decline in Australia and so why should the Uniting Church be spared?