Sinopse

Religion: its 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.

Episódios

  • Does democracy have a future?

    Does democracy have a future?

    14/11/2020 Duração: 54min

    The election of Donald Trump in 2016 shook American democracy to its core. Now that he has lost the 2020 election, it looks like he’s refusing to leave. If this can happen in the world’s most iconic democracy, what hope do the rest of us have? James Carleton and the God Forbid panel examine what it takes for democracy to survive and whether religious belief helps or harms this goal. 

  • NAIDOC 2020 – “Always Was, Always Will Be”

    NAIDOC 2020 – “Always Was, Always Will Be”

    07/11/2020 Duração: 54min

    It’s NAIDOC Week, where James and the panel explore this year’s theme “Always Was, Always Will Be.” The panel also open up and share their personal stories of pain and resilience. 

  • How people of faith are taking climate action

    How people of faith are taking climate action

    31/10/2020 Duração: 54min

    Climate change is impacting the health of our entire planet. But does it affect some people more than others? And what does effective climate action look like? This week, James Carleton is joined by people of different faiths to hear about how they’ve been tackling climate change. 

  • Can playing games be a religious experience?

    Can playing games be a religious experience?

    24/10/2020 Duração: 54min

    Can playing games teach us anything about ourselves, and about the world? And what do games have in common with attending church? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel explore the world of games and play. 

  • How is religion shaping Brazil?

    How is religion shaping Brazil?

    17/10/2020 Duração: 54min

    Did you know that Brazil has more Catholics than any country in the world? It has also undergone a military dictatorship in which religion played a role, and the current president himself identifies as a Catholic – though his wife is an active member of a Baptist church. On God Forbid, James and our panel examine the various ways in which religion has shaped (and continues to shape) the Latin American country. 

  • Why sacred texts matter (even if you dont believe)

    Why sacred texts matter (even if you don't believe)

    10/10/2020 Duração: 54min

    Bronze-age fantasies to some; words of God for others. But for better or worse, sacred texts have an undeniable influence on all our lives. James Carleton is joined by a Coptic Christian, a Muslim and a Sikh to explore how each reads and lives out their scriptures.

  • Sarah Coakley and Claire Smith on evolution, Anglicanism and women in leadership

    Sarah Coakley and Claire Smith on evolution, Anglicanism and women in leadership

    03/10/2020 Duração: 54min

    In the survival of the fittest, how do the meek inherit the earth? James Carleton is joined by two prominent Anglican theologians with very different ideas to discuss evolution, the ordination of women and how the Bible shapes how they see the world.

  • Religious nationalism in the East and the West

    Religious nationalism in the East and the West

    26/09/2020 Duração: 54min

    What is religious nationalism, and what does it look like in our current global context? On God Forbid, James and the panel turn their attention to the East and the West — from Christian nationalism in the U.S. to Hindu nationalism in India.

  • Vaccines and consent during COVID-19

    Vaccines and consent during COVID-19

    19/09/2020 Duração: 54min

    If we’re living through a once-in-a-century pandemic, does that mean we need a once-in-a-century set of ethics to deal with it? On God Forbid, James and the panel explore the ethics of protests, vaccines and consent in the midst of COVID-19.

  • Lessons in leadership

    Lessons in leadership

    12/09/2020 Duração: 54min

    What is true leadership all about - giving or taking? Serving others, or being served? On God Forbid, James and our panel of leadership experts find out. 

  • How technology is changing the way we grieve

    How technology is changing the way we grieve

    05/09/2020 Duração: 54min

    Is it possible to be biologically dead, but socially alive? What would that entail? On God Forbid, James and panel find out more about the digital afterlife. 

  • Confronting age prejudice

    Confronting age prejudice

    29/08/2020 Duração: 54min

    Is getting older a gift or a curse? What societal stigmas are attached to ageing? And how are older Australians coping during the COVID-19 pandemic? On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel find out. 

  • Exploring consciousness

    Exploring consciousness

    22/08/2020 Duração: 54min

    The problem of consciousness – and how we understand it – has been reflected upon since preliterate times. So what is consciousness, and who has consciousness? On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel find out for RN Science Week.

  • After World War II – grief, loss and change

    After World War II – grief, loss and change

    15/08/2020 Duração: 54min

    It’s been 75 years since World War II ended in the Pacific– a devastating tragedy marked by the death of 75 million people. But how did the world – and Australia more specifically – deal with the aftermath of the war?

  • Why sacred languages are important today

    Why sacred languages are important today

    08/08/2020 Duração: 54min

    Why is it important to protect a diversity of languages? And what can ancient sacred languages reveal to us today? James Carleton and our panel of experts find out.

  • Living with a disability in 2020

    Living with a disability in 2020

    01/08/2020 Duração: 53min

    Some of the four million Australians who live with disability say that it’s the misperceptions of others that’s most difficult to face. For others, it’s access to the things that many of us take for granted. This week, James Carleton and the panel take a look at disability and the disability sector–what challenges still exist, and what can we do about them?

  • Addiction – how spiritual practices help with seeking sobriety

    Addiction – how spiritual practices help with seeking sobriety

    25/07/2020 Duração: 54min

    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.

  • How your diet reveals what you believe

    How your diet reveals what you believe

    18/07/2020 Duração: 54min

    Food. It's more than just calories — it forms the very basis of our culture and community. The God Forbid panel discusses everything from fasting to feasting, chickpeas to cannibalism.

  • Whats the point of interfaith dialogue?

    What's the point of interfaith dialogue?

    11/07/2020 Duração: 54min

    Peaceful solutions to the world’s problems are hard to find — and religious tensions are part of the problem. What needs to happen so we can all share in the bounty of peace? James Carleton joins a panel of three people who have made interfaith dialogue their life's work.

  • How can religious leaders take care of their mental health?

    How can religious leaders take care of their mental health?

    04/07/2020 Duração: 54min

    Religious clergy are supposed to provide comfort in times of crisis, which raises questions about who comforts the comforters. Today on God Forbid, James and the panel take a look at the wellbeing of faith leaders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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