Peter Kurti

Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society program

Peter Kurti

Expertise: Religion, culture and civil society; law and religious freedom; ethics and bioethics

Peter Kurti is a Senior Research Fellow in the Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society program. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at Charles Sturt University. He has written extensively about issues of religion, liberty, and civil society in Australia, and appears frequently as a commentator on television and radio. In addition to having written many newspaper articles, he is also the author of The Tyranny of Tolerance: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia, and Euthanasia: Putting the Culture to Death?, both published by Connor Court. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an ordained minister in the Anglican Church of Australia.

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Featured Publication

  • Euthanasia: Putting the Culture to Death? 02 September 2018
    CLICK HERE TO BUY HARDCOPY Mounting pressure to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia is a one-way ratchet asserting the primacy of individual choice. Euthanasia advocates insist nothing can ever outweigh that choice. But in this book, Peter Kurti argues these…...
    CLICK HERE TO BUY HARDCOPY Mounting pressure to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia is a one-way ratchet asserting the primacy of individual choice. Euthanasia advocates insist nothing can ever outweigh that choice. But in this book, Peter Kurti argues these…
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Media & Commentary

  • Killing sufferers kills the culture 09 November 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Until recently, assisting another person to commit suicide was an offence everywhere in Australia. Then in 2017, Victoria changed the law to make euthanasia and assisted suicide legal. Western Australia may follow in 2019 if the recommendations of a parliamentary…
    Until recently, assisting another person to commit suicide was an offence everywhere in Australia. Then in 2017, Victoria changed the law to make euthanasia and assisted suicide legal. Western Australia may follow in 2019 if the recommendations of a parliamentary…
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  • New book: Legalising euthanasia will tear the fabric of community 30 October 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE
    A new book says that making euthanasia and assisted suicide legal will harm family relationships, damage the trust we place in the medical profession, and corrode the bonds of civil society forged between individuals within communities. In his book, Euthanasia:…
    A new book says that making euthanasia and assisted suicide legal will harm family relationships, damage the trust we place in the medical profession, and corrode the bonds of civil society forged between individuals within communities. In his book, Euthanasia:…
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  • Anglican bans align with beliefs 26 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The Sydney Anglican Diocese has provoked controversy by proposing a policy to ensure that all church property is used in ways consistent with Anglican church teaching. The proposal vetoed activities such as same-sex marriage receptions, meditative yoga, and indigenous smoking…
    The Sydney Anglican Diocese has provoked controversy by proposing a policy to ensure that all church property is used in ways consistent with Anglican church teaching. The proposal vetoed activities such as same-sex marriage receptions, meditative yoga, and indigenous smoking…
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  • Religious freedom: the decision lies with us 21 October 2018 | The Newcastle Herald
    Leaked details from the Ruddock Inquiry into religious freedom have led some critics to baselessly whip up fears that gay pupils are in imminent danger of being expelled from religious schools simply because of their sexuality. Religion has been front…
    Leaked details from the Ruddock Inquiry into religious freedom have led some critics to baselessly whip up fears that gay pupils are in imminent danger of being expelled from religious schools simply because of their sexuality. Religion has been front…
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  • Dying with dignity is open to all, whatever the cause of death 19 October 2018 | The Australian
    Depressed Queensland woman Jennifer Morant may have suffered from chronic pain and ­wanted to die. But she was not terminally ill when her husband helped end her life in 2014. Now a court has convicted him of assisting her suicide…
    Depressed Queensland woman Jennifer Morant may have suffered from chronic pain and ­wanted to die. But she was not terminally ill when her husband helped end her life in 2014. Now a court has convicted him of assisting her suicide…
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Publications

  • A Shy Hope in the Mind: Secularisation and the Diversity of Australia’s Religious Economy 12 June 2018 | AP1
    There are few facets of human society — whether political, social, or economic — that are untouched by the influence of religion. Yet those who oppose any appearance of religion in the Australian public square argue that it simply has no part to play in a modern, multicultural, secular, and…...
    There are few facets of human society — whether political, social, or economic — that are untouched by the influence of religion. Yet those who oppose any appearance of religion in the Australian public square argue that it simply has no part to play in a modern, multicultural, secular, and…
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  • Reason, Repentance, and the Individual: Recovering the Religious Roots of Western Civilisation 23 November 2017 | OP160
    Reason, repentance, and the individual are three of the principal roots of Western civilization. They are, moreover, roots that are set firmly in the rich soil of our Judeo-Christian heritage. But the danger is that as our commitment to that heritage weakens, so, too, does our capacity to defend the…...
    Reason, repentance, and the individual are three of the principal roots of Western civilization. They are, moreover, roots that are set firmly in the rich soil of our Judeo-Christian heritage. But the danger is that as our commitment to that heritage weakens, so, too, does our capacity to defend the…
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  • 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, most conspicuously Islam, have increasingly become a perceptible presence. This…...
    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, most conspicuously Islam, have increasingly become a perceptible presence. This…
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  • 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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