THINKING OUT LOUD

Once a week, a member of the CPX team "thinks out loud" in public - offering not conclusions, but launching-off points for conversation about what's going on in the news right now, or in our cultural "moment".

As with everything CPX does, the goal is to reframe things - to edge our way together towards a more expansive public imagination when it comes to Christian faith and the contribution it has to make to our shared life.

Here's a collection of these columns. They are usually posted each Tuesday on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Latest

Ecoblame

By Richard Shumack | 03/11/2020

Richard Shumack on the extent to which Christianity is to blame for the devastation of global ecology.

Faith invades the muddle

By Simon Smart | 30/10/2020

Simon Smart reflects on how the life of faith is often one of waiting and hoping in the midst of very real struggles.

Fear-mongering or the public interest?

By Barney Zwartz | 27/10/2020

Barney Zwartz reflects on how the COVID-19 pandemic has been reported in the Australian news media.

Before you click

By Natasha Moore | 23/10/2020

Natasha Moore writes about the downsides of the 24-hour news cycle, and the new filter she’s applying to her clicking habits.

Finding moral clarity in children’s stories

By Mark Stephens | 20/10/2020

Mark Stephens on how the simplest stories can get behind our defences and expose ourselves to each other.

Saint Jacinda, Saint Gladys

By Justine Toh | 16/10/2020

Justine Toh ponders the media’s use of ‘saint’ language to describe Jacinda Ardern and Gladys Berejiklian.

Who is compassion for?

By Tim Costello | 13/10/2020

Tim Costello reflects on the recent Federal Budget and the importance of showing compassion to those who are different from us.

A Life on our Planet

By Anna Grummitt | 06/10/2020

Anna Grummitt reflects on David Attenborough’s new film, and the way humans respond to disasters.

Memes Matter

By Richard Shumack | 02/10/2020

Richard Shumack writes about memes, tweets, and what truth-speaking wisdom we might find in the book of Proverbs.

Addiction to screens

By Barney Zwartz | 29/09/2020

Barney Zwartz reflects on new research that shows the rise in screen-time among Australians.

Finding the right words

By Mark Stephens | 25/09/2020

Mark Stephens on Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination, and the challenge of translating religious language for the public.

The grief of polarisation

By Tim Costello | 22/09/2020

Tim Costello explains why he’s grieved by the increasing political polarisation – both in Australia and in the U.S.