Challenging stereotypes

Review by TIM LAM

BOOK | WHEN MICHAEL MET MINA | RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH

What happens when a teenager from an anti-immigration family meets a young Afghan refugee? That is the premise of Randa Abdel-Fattah’s latest young adult novel, When Michael Met ...

Enemy within

Review by Garth Jones

BOOK | AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE TIME OF TRUMP | DON WATSON

AS the United States prepares to head to one of the most divisive Presidential polls in history, author and speechwriter Don Watson returns with his ...

Playing God

Review by Emmet O’Cuana

VIDEO GAME | DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION

I did not expect to find myself reflecting on the nature of religion while playing a horned giant ‘Qunari’ using magic spells to fend off attacks from a demon horde. But ...

The legacy of Augustine

Review by Nick Mattiske

BOOK | ON AUGUSTINE | ROWAN WILLIAMS

Born in 354 AD, Saint Augustine was a modern thinker, relentless in his inquiring, and insightful on the formation of the self, traits that endear him to the secular as well ...

Letters home

Review by Renate Howe

BOOK | DEAR FAMILY: LETTERS FROM ARNHEM LAND 1962-1966 | BETH GRAHAM

How fortunate that these letters, written 50 years ago while Beth Graham and her husband Leigh were Methodist missionaries at Yirrkala and Croker Island in ...

Reasonable to believe

Review by David Southwell

BOOK | BEYOND BELIEF | HUGH MACKAY

Beyond Belief is both a survey of contemporary Australian approaches to spirituality and a polemic tract outlining the author’s view of how God, Jesus and the Bible should be understood.

One ...

Reason to believe

Review by NICK MATTISKE

BOOK | GOD IS NO THING: COHERENT CHRISTIANITY | RUPERT SHORTT

There is a strain of English Christianity that sees faith as entirely reasonable and sensible, like packing an umbrella when the weather looks inclement.

We see it ...

Please disturb

Review by Bob Faser

BOOK | DISTURBING MUCH, DISTURBING MANY: THEOLOGY PROVOKED BY THE BASIS OF UNION | GEOFF THOMPSON

Since 1977, there have been numerous studies of the Basis of Union of the Uniting Church in Australia. Nevertheless, this recent ...

Born to preach

Review by GARTH JONES

TELEVISION | PREACHER | MA

Critic Adam Marshall, writing for Christianity Today, characterises AMC Television’s adaptation of cult graphic novel Preacher as being part of the presently popular vanguard of superhero entertainment.

Reflecting upon these stories as miracle ...

Back to basis

Review by Rev Dr Craig Thompson

BOOK | MANIFESTO FOR RENEWAL | ANDREW DUTNEY

A good history is informative, sobering and inspiring. Rev Prof Andrew Dutney’s 2016 revised and expanded edition of his 1986 Manifesto for Renewal is such a history. ...