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Is religion for fools?

Bill Medley
30 Jun 2019
Mark Twain allegedly claimed that 'Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool." Is religion for fools?

Dystopia: what are you afraid of?

Shane Rogerson, Stephanie Gear
23 Jun 2019
Chernobyl, Handmaid's Tale, 1984 - there is a resurgence of dystopian fiction in our culture. Why is fear so powerful? We explore and engage the big questions dystopia raises for us.

Ep 130: Is the death of Christianity in Australia a good thing?

Al Stewart
16 Jun 2019
Australia has a Christian past, yet today 'no religion' is the single largest religious group in our country. Christian influence on our culture is waning. Should this passing be mourned or celebrated? Al's views will surprise you.

Is there hope in the slums of the world?

Diane Judge
9 Jun 2019
Diana Judge was a senior global executive who had a dramatic encounter in India which inspired her to give up her successful career in order to work with the world's poor. Why would she do that? An inspiring conversation.

Ep 129: Can we win the war on waste?

Jonathan Cornford
2 Jun 2019
The popular ABC documentary War on Waste highlighted big waste challenges in our culture. But why do we even need a war? What is driving our waste problems? With World Environment Day approaching, this is a thoughtful conversation that deals with a load of rubbish.

Ep 128: Would Jesus be a Christian today?

Sam Chan, Julie-anne Laird
26 May 2019
Why are followers of religions so unlike their founders? Christians today are often perceived as narrow-minded, judgemental, hypocrites, yet Jesus is perceived very differently. Why is this so? Is this what Jesus had in mind when he set up his church? An entertaining conversation exploring why Christians seem so different to Jesus.

Surely a loving God would never allow this much pain?

Dave Miers
19 May 2019
The question of suffering and injustice is one of the biggest people face today. It's difficult to reconcile how a loving God could allow suffering in the world. This conversation confronts with sensitivity the painful and difficult area of suffering and offers surprising hope.

Ep 127: How do you deal with the loss of a child?

Alison Risbridger, John Risbridger
12 May 2019
Mother's Day is a day where mothers are celebrated and honoured, yet for some it's a day of sadness and grief. In this very moving and raw conversation a couple share the pain of losing a child and its impact on their life and faith.

Ep 126: Should religion have a say on election day?

Helen Bell, Adam Ch'ng
5 May 2019
With an an election looming there is often disappointment and cynicism towards our political leaders and the place of religion in political life is controversial and contested. Can we have better conversations about government and the role of religion in politics? A thoughtful conversation which changes the way we talk about divisive topics.

Is the story of Jesus a conspiracy theory?

Rob Buckingham
28 Apr 2019
When is skepticism unreasonable? Even with video evidence some still won't believe. Rob Buckingham was an a skeptic and atheist until he had an encounter that transformed his life. A conversation confronting skpeticism, conspiracy theories and finding true fulfillment in life.