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Religion: it’s at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain. Why are you here? What happens when you die? Does God matter? God Forbid seeks the answers.

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Religion: it’s at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain. Why are you here? What happens when you die? Does God matter? God Forbid seeks the answers.

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Love This Show

By Jack_McCoy - Mar 16 2019
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This show is amazing. It’s hilarious and always fascinating. Each episode is completely unique. You’ll learn about religion, ethics, history, and more. The host is cheeky and a tad sardonic; he always has an air of humor while asking exactly the questions you were thinking of while listening. Highly recommended.

Highly recommended

By DellingDog - Mar 17 2018
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Respectful but irreverent, this podcast covers religion and ethics in an insightful and entertaining way. Highly recommended.

iTunes Ratings

11 Ratings
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Love This Show

By Jack_McCoy - Mar 16 2019
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This show is amazing. It’s hilarious and always fascinating. Each episode is completely unique. You’ll learn about religion, ethics, history, and more. The host is cheeky and a tad sardonic; he always has an air of humor while asking exactly the questions you were thinking of while listening. Highly recommended.

Highly recommended

By DellingDog - Mar 17 2018
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Respectful but irreverent, this podcast covers religion and ethics in an insightful and entertaining way. Highly recommended.
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God Forbid - ABC RN

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Religion: it’s at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain. Why are you here? What happens when you die? Does God matter? God Forbid seeks the answers.

Rank #1: How liberation theology changed the church and the world

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The 60s and 70s were a time of countercultural liberation, and the Christian church was not immune — especially in South America. Liberation theology grew out of the slums of Peru, proclaiming a "preferential option for the poor", and it has influenced Christian thought across the globe. But during the Cold War, blending the words of Jesus and Marx was seriously controversial, and remains so today.

Aug 03 2019

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Rank #2: The Japanese paradox

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Ritual is big in Japan, but faith isn’t. It’s the only country where you can be born Shinto, marry Christian and die Buddhist, but up to 80 per cent of Japanese people say they’re not religious. What gives? James Carleton and guest host Kumi Taguchi from Compass explore the rich spirituality of one of the most avowedly secular countries in the world.

Jun 30 2018

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Rank #3: A Christian and an atheist walk into a bar...

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It’s no joke: For people of every faith – or none – whether you take alcohol or drugs is a big deal. But the rules vary wildly, even within a tradition. Some Christians include alcohol as a core part of their most sacred ritual, but other Christians forbid its use altogether. How come?

James Carleton dives into what helps people choose to use, and how to stop.

Apr 21 2018

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Rank #4: Iran: Revolution, religion and reform

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It’s only been 39 years since Iran went from Shah to sharia. Replacing 2500 years of Persian monarchy with a new Islamic republic isn’t exactly simple – so where to from here?

Feb 10 2018

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Rank #5: Who was the Buddha anyway?

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Buddhists around the world celebrate the birth, death and enlightenment of the Buddha all on the same holy day – Vesak. Aspects of Buddhism are popular in the West, with mindfulness and meditation courses being taken by all kinds of people, from suburbanites to CEOs. But is that the full picture? Guest host Joe Gelonesi traverses the Noble Eightfold Path.

May 26 2018

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Rank #6: Can you make a rational case for Christianity?

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Sorry not sorry, we’re exploring apologetics.

James Carleton is joined by an ex-Mormon atheist and a Christian apologist who, amongst other things, once gave a Bible to a senior Taliban leader.

Jan 20 2018

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Rank #7: Holy hot potatoes!

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Religion is full of issues you wouldn’t raise in polite company, but this week James Carleton is joined by two firebrand Catholics who aren’t afraid to tuck into the issues others find too hot to handle.

Feb 24 2018

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Rank #8: A Christian and an atheist walk into a bar...

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It’s no joke: For people of every faith – or none – whether you take alcohol or drugs is a big deal. But the rules vary wildly, even within a tradition. Some Christians include alcohol as a core part of their most sacred ritual, but other Christians forbid its use altogether. How come?

James Carleton dives into what helps people choose to use, and how to stop.

Jan 19 2019

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Rank #9: Beyond 'new atheism'

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About a third of Australians don’t follow a religion, but that doesn’t mean they’re all disciples of Richard Dawkins. Even though they disavow organised religion, some atheists are irrational and even superstitious. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel talk about the myriad ways to be atheist.

Sep 01 2018

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Rank #10: Is there another schism forming in the Catholic Church?

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Is the Pope a Catholic? Some believers aren’t quite sure. Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has become one of the most controversial pontiffs in hundreds of years. Will the church veer into theological liberalism, or stick with tradition? Or will Francis forge his own path?

May 05 2018

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Rank #11: The art of spirituality

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For all of human history we've had religion and we've had art — and the two have remained inextricably linked.

We're not just talking about Da Vinci's Last Supper, or Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, but the creation of art itself as a practise with the power to transcend.

Jul 20 2019

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Rank #12: Does religion make you happier?

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Some people say religion makes their lives better, but does that mean they’re happier? If you could be happy some other way, would you bother with the religion? Whether you believe happiness is part of the journey or that it's the destination, James Carleton traverses the highs and lows of human emotion.

Jun 23 2018

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Rank #13: Saudi Arabia: An uneasy alliance

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A 300-year-old deal between Sunni clerics and Saudi royals continues to shape Saudi Arabia, but the new crown prince is keen for reform while strengthening his iron grip on power. Meanwhile, seemingly irreconcilable differences haven’t shaken the special relationship between the Saudis and Americans – so long as they remain useful to each other.

Nov 03 2018

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Rank #14: Indigenous Christianity: It's not black and white

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Jesus said for his followers to go and make disciples of all nations, but it feels like something went wrong. James Carleton speaks to Aboriginal Christians Brooke Prentis and Kathleen Butler to find out if it’s possible to untangle the conversion from the coercion, and to see how – far from being wiped out – Dreamtime spirituality is actually changing Christianity in Australia.

Mar 24 2018

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Rank #15: Is DNA divine?

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The idea that biology has no purpose has been mainstream scientific thinking for a hundred years.

But why does scientist Denis Alexander think otherwise? He joins James on the panel along with our other Cambridge scholar Dr Natasha Moore.

Sep 15 2018

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Rank #16: What intelligent machines tell us about ourselves

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The computer scientist Alan Turing said the standard for artificial intelligence is for a machine to be mistaken for a human by other humans. This already happens today, and AI is only getting more sophisticated. James Carleton and the God Forbid panel consider cybernetics, sex robots and weapons that decide for themselves who to kill. The future is closer than you think.

Feb 02 2019

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Rank #17: There's a loneliness epidemic. What can we do?

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Loneliness affects one in four Australians, according to a report by the Australian Psychological Society. Why is it so hard to talk about, even though it's so common? James and the panel look at the issue — both professionally and personally.

Jun 01 2019

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Rank #18: Don't call it a cult

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What's the difference between a religion and a cult? These two religious studies professors say the distinction isn't useful, and that "cult" is pejorative. The God Forbid panel explores new religious movements and why we classify different belief systems in different ways.

Sep 21 2019

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Rank #19: What is hell, and does anyone go there?

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In popular culture, hell is often depicted as a place full of flames, demons and screaming people. Is this what Christians really believe? Join James and our panel of Christian theologians — each with a differing view of eternal torment, and how we end up there.

Jul 27 2019

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Rank #20: How much money is too much money?

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Should the government tax the rich to help the poor? Christianity has a lot to say about economics, so James Carleton is joined by an economist and a tax justice advocate to explore Christian ideas about the needy and the greedy.

Feb 23 2019

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