New research shows Australian teens have complex views on religion and spirituality

New research shows Australian teens have complex views on religion and spirituality

Andrew Singleton, Anna Halafoff, Gary D. Bouma and Mary Lou Rasmussen

theconversation.com | 18 December 2018

A new study reveals Australian teenagers do not relate to established ideas on religion and spirituality. Instead, they fall into six broad groups and show great tolerance for others' ideas.

A Culture of Knowingness: On Jordan Peterson's Cultured Despisers

A Culture of Knowingness: On Jordan Peterson's Cultured Despisers

Andrew Gleeson

abc.net.au/religion | 30 August 2018

One of the most disappointing features of the current polarisation surrounding Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson is that there is yet to emerge any genuinely constructive evaluation of his work, one that would enable us to get a better sense of both its actual strengths and weaknesses.

The radical moral implications of luck in human life

The radical moral implications of luck in human life

David Roberts

vox.com | 21 August 2018

Allowing for luck can dent our self-conception. It can diminish our sense of control. It opens up all kinds of uncomfortable questions about obligations to other, less fortunate people. Yet coming to terms with luck is the secular equivalent of religious awakening.

Banks, mortgage brokers, real estate agents considered least ethical: 2018 Ethics Index

Banks, mortgage brokers, real estate agents considered least ethical: 2018 Ethics Index

Isabelle Lane

thenewdaily.com.au | 17 August 2018

Bankers, real estate agents, and mortgage brokers are among the most distrusted professionals in Australia, according to a new study. Australians place a high level of importance on ethics in society, with 87 per cent rating ethics as “important or very important to a well-functioning society”.

Facebook is all for community, but what kind of community is it building?

Facebook is all for community, but what kind of community is it building?

Jennifer Beckett

theconversation.com | 13 August 2018

Facebook is all for community, but what kind of community is it building? Research has shown that large social platforms like Facebook can reinforce problematic social hierarchies and prejudices around gender, sexuality and race.

‘My death is not my own’: the limits of legal euthanasia

‘My death is not my own’: the limits of legal euthanasia

Henk Blanken

theguardian.com | 10 August 2018

‘The euthanasia debate seems to have entered a faltering phase. A very un-Dutch thing has happened. We appear to be tongue-tied. The Netherlands – the country that, more than any other, wants to believe in every person’s right to voluntary death, the country that talks lightly about painless death as it were a money-back guarantee – is struggling with the dilemma surrounding dementia and death.’ Extract from a story by Henk Blanken.