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 Tyranny of Tolerance. Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia 18 June 2017 | Connorcourt Publishing
    It was a confident expectation for more than a century that religion — its beliefs, doctrines and institutions — would atrophy in the face of growing secularisation. But not only has traditional Christianity survived in liberal western societies; other faiths,…...
    It was a confident expectation for more than a century that religion — its beliefs, doctrines and institutions — would atrophy in the face of growing secularisation. But not only has traditional Christianity survived in liberal western societies; other faiths,…
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Media & Commentary

  • Not losing our religion 30 June 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Findings from the 2016 Census that 30 per cent of Australians report having no religious affiliation have led to renewed calls for an end to state funding for all faith-based organisations. Rationalists, humanists, and atheists were quickly out of the…
    Findings from the 2016 Census that 30 per cent of Australians report having no religious affiliation have led to renewed calls for an end to state funding for all faith-based organisations. Rationalists, humanists, and atheists were quickly out of the…
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  • Citizen test overreaction 23 June 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Any sovereign state can decide who it will admit as citizens. The Turnbull government now wants to beef up the test permanent residents must take if they want to become Australian citizens. The proposed test for which permanent residents will…
    Any sovereign state can decide who it will admit as citizens. The Turnbull government now wants to beef up the test permanent residents must take if they want to become Australian citizens. The proposed test for which permanent residents will…
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  • How long for Australia? 16 June 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Although free for so long from the scourge of political and religious terrorism, in the long term, Australia can hardly avoid a deadly Islamist attack such as occurred in London or Manchester. But these were not acts of ordinary, politically…
    Although free for so long from the scourge of political and religious terrorism, in the long term, Australia can hardly avoid a deadly Islamist attack such as occurred in London or Manchester. But these were not acts of ordinary, politically…
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  • Take religion seriously to defeat fanatics 16 June 2017 | Daily Telegraph
    How long before Aussies are faced with a deadly attack on the scale of Westminster or Manchester or Borough Markets? Apart from the Lindt cafe siege, we have so far seen nothing like them. It would be naive to assume…
    How long before Aussies are faced with a deadly attack on the scale of Westminster or Manchester or Borough Markets? Apart from the Lindt cafe siege, we have so far seen nothing like them. It would be naive to assume…
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  • We need to discuss Islam and terrorism 10 June 2017 | The Australian - Inquirer
    Fears that Australians face an imminent deadly attack on the scale of the three recent attacks in England have prompted religious, community, and political leaders in many western countries to offer the familiar assurances that this kind of terrorism has…
    Fears that Australians face an imminent deadly attack on the scale of the three recent attacks in England have prompted religious, community, and political leaders in many western countries to offer the familiar assurances that this kind of terrorism has…
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Publications

  • Terror in the Name of God: Confronting acts of religious violence in a liberal society 10 June 2017 | OP154
    Acts of violence perpetrated in the name of religion have been reported with great prominence in recent times. Scholars of religion continue to weigh whether people who kill or injure others are really doing so in the name of their God, as they claim; or whether they are actors merely…...
    Acts of violence perpetrated in the name of religion have been reported with great prominence in recent times. Scholars of religion continue to weigh whether people who kill or injure others are really doing so in the name of their God, as they claim; or whether they are actors merely…
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  • 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 barely out of childhood and who have their entire lives…...
    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 barely out of childhood and who have their entire lives…
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  • 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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