Peter Kurti

Senior Research Fellow, Religion and Civil Society

Peter Kurti

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

The Reverend Peter Kurti is a Senior 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

  • 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…...
    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…
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Media & Commentary

  • Peter Kurti: Enjoy speaking your mind. That'll be over soon 14 April 2018 | The Daily Telegraph
    Enjoy speaking your mind and sharing your views while you can — because soon enough the rights to freedom of speech, conscience, and religious belief look set to disappear from Australia. And it will certainly happen if the corporate guardians…
    Enjoy speaking your mind and sharing your views while you can — because soon enough the rights to freedom of speech, conscience, and religious belief look set to disappear from Australia. And it will certainly happen if the corporate guardians…
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  • Right to speak threatened 13 April 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Enjoy speaking your mind and sharing your views while you can. The rights to freedom of speech, conscience, and religious belief look set to disappear very soon from Australia. And it will certainly happen if the corporate guardians of public…
    Enjoy speaking your mind and sharing your views while you can. The rights to freedom of speech, conscience, and religious belief look set to disappear very soon from Australia. And it will certainly happen if the corporate guardians of public…
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  • Don’t be so anti-sects 23 March 2018 | Daily Telegraph
    Once you start beating up on religion – not just a particular faith, but the very idea of religion – it can be hard to stop. Old hatreds and bitterness, and deep-seated anti-religious prejudice, can take a long time to…
    Once you start beating up on religion – not just a particular faith, but the very idea of religion – it can be hard to stop. Old hatreds and bitterness, and deep-seated anti-religious prejudice, can take a long time to…
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  • Qantas flying low 09 March 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The Spirit of Australia has slumped further at what was once our proud national carrier. No longer content with changing the way we fly, the Flying Kangaroo now wants to change the way we think. No sooner had Alan Joyce…
    The Spirit of Australia has slumped further at what was once our proud national carrier. No longer content with changing the way we fly, the Flying Kangaroo now wants to change the way we think. No sooner had Alan Joyce…
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  • Peter Kurti: Do we really need laws to protect religious freedom? 23 February 2018 | Daily Telegraph
    BALANCING the right to relig­ious liberty against other rights and freedoms ­enjoyed by Australians is likely to be one of the biggest political challenges facing the Turnbull government in 2018. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right because it allows…
    BALANCING the right to relig­ious liberty against other rights and freedoms ­enjoyed by Australians is likely to be one of the biggest political challenges facing the Turnbull government in 2018. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right because it allows…
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Publications

  • 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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  • 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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