INTERVIEW: Humans Become God? Yes, It’s Catholic Theology


A new book, Called to Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification, offers essays from more than a dozen Catholic scholars and theologians to examine what this process of “deification” means in their respective areas of study. ZENIT asked editor Fr. David Meconi, S.J., to tell us about this doctrine, which might sound anything but Catholic, and about the book.

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Ven. Robina Courtin, Australian-born Buddhist nun

Ven. Robina Courtin

Ven. Robina Courtin, Australian-born Buddhist nun with a powerhouse personality, says it took her years to walk the talk of Buddhism. Shepparton Interfaith Network is currently engaged in collaboration to bring Ven. Robina Courtin to the Goulburn Valley to share about compassion. Ven. Robina's previous visit to the Goulburn Valley was in 2003.

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Self-Reporting of Religion and Personal Practice

Census 2011

A lot of attention has been paid to the low reporting of religion in the 2011 Census of all household dwellings in Australia. The Bureau of Census reports that there is a high frequency of nones - that is, no religion reported. This raises a number of questions about the Census and what is actually practiced in Australia.

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The 2011 Census

Map of non-belief in AustraliaWith the first round of 2011 census results recently released in June 2012, the first subject of discussion is the state of religion in Australia. Australian Census Stats have now released statistics of belief and non-belief in all areas of Australia. In this article, we explore belief generally along the so-called proliferation of non-belief in the Goulburn Valley, where the Shepparton Interfaith Network is active. ... Read more...

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Ten Things Everyone needs to know about Islam

Book Cover, Ten Things everyone needs to know about Islam

Islam and Muslims today suffer unjustly from a bad reputation. This new book opens ways of understanding, albeit more important as understanding is needed by many in our community in this day, this age. This simple and readable introduction to the salient points of Islam aid comprehension and understanding of the fundamentals of Islam as a religion for one who knows little.

Islam and Islamists (what does that word Islamists mean? It means, unfortunately, whatever the users of that word mean, usually in a pejorative sense) are frequently depicted in extremist violent acts. This creates a distorted view of a religion of peace; for media coverage of criminal terrorist activities carried out by a tiny minority of extremist elements in the last decade or so, does little to promote a positive stereotype of Islam and Muslims let alone, understand that these people seek peace with their neighbours, and with the world.

The Columban Mission Institute has re-printed Ten Things Everyone Needs to Know About Islam by Professor John L. Esposito to counter the negative stereotypes and prejudices and to provide accurate information on Muslims and Islam.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001, Professor Esposito was called upon to address a wide range of audiences seeking explanation of those events. He collated the pressing questions that his audiences constantly asked him and published his answers in What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. The book is the result of his many years of study, scholarship, lecturing, publishing and dialogue with Muslims. His answers are clear, direct, balanced, and informative.

In the 29 page booklet, the nearly one hundred questions and answers are whittled down to ten core questions and answers. For those who need to start with the basics, these are answers to the top ten most urgent questions about Islam that are on everyone's mind.

We are delighted that this effort to promote better understanding is already proving very popular. In the last month alone we have moved nearly five hundred booklets - one Catholic bishop bought copies for every priest, lay pastoral leader and lay leader in his diocese; a secondary school teacher bought copies for every student in Year 11; and many others have bought multiple copies to pass on to family, friends and colleagues.

It is a valuable resource for teachers, catechists, parish workers and social workers.

The $4 price tag is deliberately minimal to ensure that the book is affordable to everyone and out of reach of no one. In our 21st century globalized world where Muslims and Christians together make up over fifty percent of the world's population, we can no longer afford to be ignorant about each other.

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No Locked Doors – Jewish Life in Shepparton

Book Cover, No locked doorsJewish life in Shepparton was centred around many families living in Orrvale and Shepparton East, nearby the former Shepparton Synagogue. Shirley Randles writes about the earlier history of Jews coming to Shepparton, growing up Jewish in rural Shepparton, and of the small Jewish community that lived in Shepparton, circa 1940. ... Read more...

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Blue Jean Buddha

Blue Jean Buddha - Book Cover

"What does it mean to be a Buddhist in America today and where will we take Buddhism tomorrow?", asks this author. Blue Jean Buddha - as a title - captures the broad scope of Buddhist practitioners today in the western world - garbed not in the robes of monks and nuns, but rather everyday wear.

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A World of Prayer

Book Cover, A World of Prayer

Nearly a hundred prominent men and women from every religious tradition and around the globe here share a favorite prayer, while reflecting on its personal meaning.

Contributors to this book of prayers come from Christianity, Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Daoism, Judaism, Tibetan Buddhism and Indigenous religions, Interfaith Ministers and practitioners and Sikhism.

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Being Religious and Inter-religious in Regional and Rural Victoria: The role of its Interfaith Networks

Des Cahill with Imam, Turkish Mosque, Mooroopna, Vic

Prof. Des Cahill, Chair, Religions for Peace Australia, gave an address at Mooroopna Mosque on Saturday, 22 September 2012 to visiting interfaith networks - Ballarat, Bendigo and Shepparton. Prof. Cahill told, To be authentically religious in today’s contemporary world means to be interreligious. This is the interfaith message.

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