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

  • Sorry, Bill. You misjudged Australia’s religious faith 22 May 2019 | The Daily Telegraph
    All those ‘quiet Australians’ can breathe more easily now that Bill Shorten’s attempt to launch a moral crusade under the guise of identity politics has been decisively rejected by voters. Remember that a Shorten government wasn’t only going to go…
    All those ‘quiet Australians’ can breathe more easily now that Bill Shorten’s attempt to launch a moral crusade under the guise of identity politics has been decisively rejected by voters. Remember that a Shorten government wasn’t only going to go…
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  • Religion test out of line 17 May 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Ten years ago, religion barely featured at all in daily public life or discussion. In a country where over 60 per cent of us claim a religious affiliation, there was a general acceptance that religion was a person’s private matter.…
    Ten years ago, religion barely featured at all in daily public life or discussion. In a country where over 60 per cent of us claim a religious affiliation, there was a general acceptance that religion was a person’s private matter.…
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  • Something amiss in live-and-let-live Australia 10 May 2019 | AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
    Found guilty of a serious breach of his contract with Rugby Australia (RA), Israel Folau is now to be punished on the grounds that he openly expressed his personal – and sincerely held – religious beliefs. A few years ago,…
    Found guilty of a serious breach of his contract with Rugby Australia (RA), Israel Folau is now to be punished on the grounds that he openly expressed his personal – and sincerely held – religious beliefs. A few years ago,…
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  • Abide with the left - or be crucified. 19 April 2019 | The Daily Telegraph
    Easter is the perfect time for protest and dissent. Yes, it’s when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus — but the Galilean teacher was crucified because he had provoked anger and dissent. Jewish religious authorities were angry that Jesus stirred…
    Easter is the perfect time for protest and dissent. Yes, it’s when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus — but the Galilean teacher was crucified because he had provoked anger and dissent. Jewish religious authorities were angry that Jesus stirred…
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  • Left must stop crucifying voices of dissent 18 April 2019 | The Daily Telegraph
    Easter is the perfect time for protest and dissent. It’s when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. But the Galilean teacher was put to death on a cross because he had provoked anger and dissent. Jewish religious authorities were angry…
    Easter is the perfect time for protest and dissent. It’s when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. But the Galilean teacher was put to death on a cross because he had provoked anger and dissent. Jewish religious authorities were angry…
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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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