The Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy provides a means of engaging with the issues of the contemporary world – by stimulating research and engagement activity across the whole institution and by building external partnerships.
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Featured Past Events
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On 22 November 2017, the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, announced the appointment of an Expert Panel to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion.
The University of Divinity's Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy held the second annual RASP Public Conversation. The event, chaired by former ABC host John Cleary, focused on the Ruddock Inquiry. Speakers included Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO, keynote address; Dr Sharon Rodrick, Institute for Civil Society view; and Reverend Dr Robyn Whitaker, University of Divinity view.
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In pre-democratic, pre-modern times, religion had been at the centre of much of human life, filling the private as well as the public realm. However, in major modern democracies religion has mostly been sidelined from public life. Or has it? Religion is now legally excluded in politics, yet in increasingly post-secular societies globally, matters of faith (religion, spirituality) are no longer as stringently excluded from public life. Our dawning post-secular age is bringing something new...
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On Thursday 29 June RASP hosted a major public conversation between two world-renowned bioethicists, Professor Peter Singer and Professor Margaret Somerville. The event was chaired by John Cleary. Some 400 members of the public attended and were able to ask questions from the Presenters.
Read about current issues in religion and social policy from members of RASP and the University of Divinity. The University consists of eleven colleges representing a diverse range of Christian traditions so most blogs will reflect the perspective of our members but in engagement with a range of other perspectives. Contributors should send article material to the Director of RASP, Revd Dr Gordon Preece. firstname.lastname@example.org
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