Before jumping to conclusions on smacking, discipline and Section 59, says Stu Crosson, parents should consider again their assessment of the human heart: is it optimistic, pessimistic, or realistic?
Faith and reason
Cristina Odone enjoys a vigorous and sometimes incendiary chronicle of Christianity that puts faith back centre stage.
Ian Harris considers the phenomenon of "progressive Christianity".
Locally and globally, last month appeared to be a rough one in terms of "natural" disasters. Earthquakes in Canterbury, snowstorms in Southland, floods in Pakistan - and the impact of...
"Happy new year," Queenslanders wished one another - and got devastating floods and a cyclone. The damage to families, communities, buildings, farms, services and livelihoods was enormous...
A new humanist "Bible" is not a patch on the real thing, says Ian Harris.
Mark Buckle muses on God's unrelenting love.
There are some lessons to be learned from a former Buddhist monk about nudging religion into the modern world, writes Ian Harris.
If the Catholic Church is ever to fulfil the promise of Vatican II, it will be the women who make it happen, writes Ian Harris.
Mark Smith discusses the reason for the Christmas season.
Ken Baker says religious bigotry can be ''put to bed''.
The Catholic Church is set for a year of dialogue, reflection, and quite possibly, change, after taking an official first step, says Joseph Curran.
The Australian drug traffickers did wrong. But in killing them, punishment triumphed over grace, writes Ian Harris.
The vision of a global Anglican Communion is buckling under the pressures of sex and modernity, writes Ian Harris.
It is stupid to argue whether Jesus' death was for theological or political reasons, for what we discover of God in Jesus Christ integrates both and transforms all our knowing and all relationships, Selwyn Yeoman writes.
We need to be reminded lest we forget, writes Ivan Grindlay.
Ron Gilder writes about the God who surprises.
On his 99th birthday, Sir Lloyd Geering traced how his thinking had changed as he strove to relate Christian thinking and experience to all other knowledge. Ian Harris reports.