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Is the local religion always the true one?

Is religious belief simply the result of society?

In 2014 the famed atheist Richard Dawkins once tweeted:

How thoughtful of God to arrange matters so that, wherever you happen to be born, the local religion always turns out to be the true one.

Indeed atheist blogger Bob Seidensticker says something similar in an article, Your Religion Is a Reflection of Your Culture—You’d Be Muslim if You Were Born in Pakistan

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Jesus is the Question

A poem by Cam Semmens. Something to get you to think.

Jesus is the question

Verse 1

And Jesus said, I want to ask you a question.

What’s your name?

Why are you terrified?

Who touched my clothes?

Where have they laid him?

How many loaves do you have?

Verse 2

And Jesus said, I want to ask you a question

Do you have eyes and not see?

Can the blind lead the blind?

Who do people say that I am?

But what about you,

who do you say I am?

Verse 3

And Jesus said, I want to ask you a question

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Five ways in which Netflix reveals something bigger

How modern popular culture reveals something bigger.

I love a good Netflix binge! Simone Biles (Olympic Gymnast)

1. We are story animals

We love TV shows. Popular television shows entertain, enthral and fill in a Friday night. Indeed, watching TV is Australia's most popular after dinner activity. We love stories.

Author Yann Martel (author of Life of Pi) says, “Stories--individual stories, family stories, national stories--are what stitch together the disparate elements of human existence into a coherent whole. We are story animals.”

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Why Fair Trade?

‘Change today, buy fairtrade’.

This pithy motto encapsulates the vision of Fair Trade—that the developing world can indeed be changed through individual purchasing decisions. Indeed Fair Trade is at the heart of my family story - I grew up in the 1980's selling Fair Trade products with my mum in markets across North Shropshire in the UK.

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How should we respond to Islamic extremism?

The recent terrorist bombing in Manchester has raised big questions of how we should respond to Islamic extremism

The recent terrorist bombing in Manchester has raised big questions of how we should respond to Islamic extremism. The latest Bigger Questions conversation featured Islamic scholar Dr. Bernie Power. We asked Bernie some bigger questions about how to understand Islamic extremism:

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