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

  • 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…...
    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…
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Media & Commentary

  • Axing church charity status would hurt community 17 August 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Churches found by the Royal Commission to have failed to protect children from the scourge of sexual abuse should be stripped of their charitable status, according to a former tax commissioner. While understandable given the crimes uncovered by the Commission,…
    Churches found by the Royal Commission to have failed to protect children from the scourge of sexual abuse should be stripped of their charitable status, according to a former tax commissioner. While understandable given the crimes uncovered by the Commission,…
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  • Can’t unscramble the faith omelette 06 July 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Symbols of Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, Eure, France, Europe How best to protect the fundamental human right to religious liberty is a key area of enquiry for the CIS, and it has become an increasingly contentious matter in…
    Symbols of Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, Eure, France, Europe How best to protect the fundamental human right to religious liberty is a key area of enquiry for the CIS, and it has become an increasingly contentious matter in…
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  • Have we lost our civility? 05 July 2018 | ABC
    Standards of common courtesy and decency seem to be disappearing fast from our society. At one time, we might have looked to our civic leaders including politicians to set an example when it comes to living among people whose opinions…
    Standards of common courtesy and decency seem to be disappearing fast from our society. At one time, we might have looked to our civic leaders including politicians to set an example when it comes to living among people whose opinions…
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  • We’re still God’s country 18 June 2018 | Daily Telegraph
    Opponents of religion say God no longer matters in our society. After all, the 2016 census did show the number of Australians reporting ‘No religion’ had gone up to over 30 per cent. The verdict of the critics is that…
    Opponents of religion say God no longer matters in our society. After all, the 2016 census did show the number of Australians reporting ‘No religion’ had gone up to over 30 per cent. The verdict of the critics is that…
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  • Religion is far from finished 15 June 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Opposition to religion is often based on claims that it no longer matters in today’s society. It’s true that the percentage of Australians reporting ‘No religion’ went up from over 25% to more than 30% in the 2016 census. The…
    Opposition to religion is often based on claims that it no longer matters in today’s society. It’s true that the percentage of Australians reporting ‘No religion’ went up from over 25% to more than 30% in the 2016 census. The…
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Publications

  • 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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  • 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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