Peter Kurti

Research Fellow, Religion and Civil Society

Peter Kurti

Expertise: Religion & values in civil society, law & religious freedom, ethics

The Reverend Peter Kurti is a Research Fellow co-ordinating the Religion and Civil Society program. The program examines the implications of a liberal approach to religion in civil society and investigates the capacity of that society to maintain freedom for expression of religious values. It does not discuss issues of discipline, dogma or organization.

Peter is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church and has worked in England and Australia. His experience includes ministry with inner-city and suburban congregations as well as in the university sector where he also taught. Before joining the CIS Peter had been Rector of Saint James’, King Street in Sydney for eight years. He trained for the ministry in England and the United States, and has degrees in law, theology, and philosophy. He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Featured Publication

  • The Battle of Ideas: can the beliefs that feed terrorism be changed? 19 September 2016 | OP149
    Defeating violent Islamic extremism has been a high priority for all western countries, including Australia, since the 9/11 attacks in 2001. However, the threat we face doesn’t so much come from zealots flying planes into buildings as from young people…...
    Defeating violent Islamic extremism has been a high priority for all western countries, including Australia, since the 9/11 attacks in 2001. However, the threat we face doesn’t so much come from zealots flying planes into buildings as from young people…
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Media & Commentary

  • Warriors of identity politics who profess to love diversity have been put on notice 22 March 2017 | Daily Telegraph
    The warriors of identity politics who profess to love ‘diversity’ but instantly shout down and vilify those who dare to disagree with them have been put on notice. Malcolm Turnbull’s government has stepped up and set out three core Aussie…
    The warriors of identity politics who profess to love ‘diversity’ but instantly shout down and vilify those who dare to disagree with them have been put on notice. Malcolm Turnbull’s government has stepped up and set out three core Aussie…
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  • We can’t just ignore radical teens 10 March 2017 | Daily Telegraph
    Punchbowl Boys High School Principal Chris Griffiths was stood down Pollies and bureaucrats often prefer to avoid talking about the hard topics. But there comes a point where behaviour they describe as “anti-social” is actually criminal. Violent threats allegedly made…
    Punchbowl Boys High School Principal Chris Griffiths was stood down Pollies and bureaucrats often prefer to avoid talking about the hard topics. But there comes a point where behaviour they describe as “anti-social” is actually criminal. Violent threats allegedly made…
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  • Israel’s enemies 03 March 2017 | The Spectator
    Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic visit to Australia, the first by an Israeli prime minister, has brought on to the streets the usual pro-Palestinian crowd of boycott-loving, democracy-hating, and terror-excusing fanatics. Expect the clamour to get much worse now that President Trump…
    Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic visit to Australia, the first by an Israeli prime minister, has brought on to the streets the usual pro-Palestinian crowd of boycott-loving, democracy-hating, and terror-excusing fanatics. Expect the clamour to get much worse now that President Trump…
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  • 18C shouts obscenities at our freedom 03 March 2017 | Daily Telegraph
    Months spent on a parliamentary inquiry set up by the Turnbull government to look at what needs to be done with Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 have produced precisely nothing. The key issue for the Inquiry –…
    Months spent on a parliamentary inquiry set up by the Turnbull government to look at what needs to be done with Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 have produced precisely nothing. The key issue for the Inquiry –…
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  • Vale Michael Novak 24 February 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    When CIS hosted Michael Novak in 1995, he noted — with concern — people’s tendency to envy those who are more prosperous than ourselves. Novak, who died last week, insisted that enactment of a religious duty to help the poor…
    When CIS hosted Michael Novak in 1995, he noted — with concern — people’s tendency to envy those who are more prosperous than ourselves. Novak, who died last week, insisted that enactment of a religious duty to help the poor…
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Publications

  • The Democratic Deficit: How Minority Fundamentalism Threatens Liberty in Australia 12 July 2016 | Research Report 16
    We are faced with a new kind of fundamentalism – call it ‘minority fundamentalism.’ It has all the features of religious fundamentalism, such as ideological fanaticism, intolerance of dissent, and a Manichaean certainty about truth and falsehood. The goal of the minority fundamentalists is to eradicate all forms of discrimination…...
    We are faced with a new kind of fundamentalism – call it ‘minority fundamentalism.’ It has all the features of religious fundamentalism, such as ideological fanaticism, intolerance of dissent, and a Manichaean certainty about truth and falsehood. The goal of the minority fundamentalists is to eradicate all forms of discrimination…
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  • Hallowed Institutions: Religion and The Roots of Liberty and Prosperity 12 February 2016 | OP144
    God appears to be resurgent in 21st century societies around the world. As our awareness of the claims made by religion becomes more acute, it is ever more important to understand those claims as well as the challenges and contributions religious belief has made, and continues to make, to modern…...
    God appears to be resurgent in 21st century societies around the world. As our awareness of the claims made by religion becomes more acute, it is ever more important to understand those claims as well as the challenges and contributions religious belief has made, and continues to make, to modern…
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  • No Ordinary Garment: The Burqa and the Pursuit of Tolerance 11 June 2015 | Research Report 5
    Islam is asserting itself in new ways in Australia. Muslim groups are increasingly asking that precedence be given to sharia law over secular laws passed by our parliaments. There are also calls for greater public acceptance of Islamic practices in economic and social life. Some of those social practices extend…...
    Islam is asserting itself in new ways in Australia. Muslim groups are increasingly asking that precedence be given to sharia law over secular laws passed by our parliaments. There are also calls for greater public acceptance of Islamic practices in economic and social life. Some of those social practices extend…
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  • A Quartet of Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association and Conscience 16 October 2014 | OP135
    Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory, gives high prominence to freedom of religion. But religious freedom is under threat in Australia. An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations, is putting religious believers under pressure to be silent in the public square. It is…...
    Political Rights, to which Australia is a signatory, gives high prominence to freedom of religion. But religious freedom is under threat in Australia. An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations, is putting religious believers under pressure to be silent in the public square. It is…
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  • The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia 01 July 2014 | PM139
    The campaign for what has been dubbed ‘marriage equality’ is gaining ground in many Western countries, including Australia, despite religious and secular people not always sharing a common point of view on the matter. In an accompanying development, the cause of marriage equality has become something of proxy for those…...
    The campaign for what has been dubbed ‘marriage equality’ is gaining ground in many Western countries, including Australia, despite religious and secular people not always sharing a common point of view on the matter. In an accompanying development, the cause of marriage equality has become something of proxy for those…
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