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All Religion and a Free Society Publications

  • Multiculturalism and the Fetish of Diversity

    Peter Kurti | 10 Dec 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Multiculturalism began as a response to the White Australia policy and continues to enjoy public support. But a new, ‘hard’...

  • In the Pay of the Piper: Governments, Not-for-Profits, and the Burden of Regulation

    Peter Kurti | 23 Apr 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Reforms intended to boost confidence in Australian charities risk turning the charitable sector into just another arm of...

  • What Kind of Religion Is Free in the Public Square? A Warning from the United States

    Ryan Messmore | 06 Mar 2013 | Occasional Papers

    In the 14th Acton Lecture, Dr Ryan Messmore, President of Campion College, asks what kind of religion is free in the public...

  • Moral Wisdom and the Recovery of Virtue

    Peter Kurti | 06 Feb 2013 | Occasional Papers

    What are the moral skills we need to cultivate to live effectively in the social media world of the twenty-first century...

  • After the Riot: the Meaning for Multicultural Australia

    Benjamin Herscovitch, Jeremy Sammut, Peter Kurti | 11 Oct 2012 | Issue Analysis

    The riot on 15 September in the Sydney CBD by Muslim protestors has raised questions about the health of Australian multiculturalism....

  • What’s New with Anti-Semitism?

    Paul Kelly, Peter Kurti, Philip Mendes | 13 Aug 2012 | Policy Forum

    Criticism of Israeli government domestic policy has intensified in Australia with the emergence of the international Boycott,...

  • FEATURE: Religious Liberty in Nation-States: Practice, Principles and Ideas

    Samuel Gregg | 07 Feb 2012 | POLICY Magazine

    Religious liberty has become a more contentious issue in today’s globalised world.

  • The Kingdom of God is Forcefully Advancing and Forceful Men Lay Hold of It

    David Coltart | 14 Sep 2011 | Occasional Papers

    In the CIS’s annual Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom, Senator David Coltart discusses the application of biblical...

  • Book Review: The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century

    John Shellard | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century by Brian J. Grim and Roger Finke...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Know Thy Enemies

    Samuel Gregg | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The High Price of Heaven: A Book about the Enemies of Pleasure and Freedom by David Marr (Allen & Unwin, 1999.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Christian Theology and Market Economics

    Robert Forsyth | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Christian Theology and Market Economics by Ian Harper and Saumel Gregg (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008).

  • FEATURE: Liberalism and Hate Laws: Toleration versus Tolerance

    John Shellard | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Attempts to create interpersonal tolerance undermine state toleration, writes John Shellard.

  • FEATURE: The Trouble With Religious Hatred Laws

    Steve Edwards | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Religions and their followers should receive no special protection from spoken hostility.

  • Must Religion be a Threat to Liberty?

    Robert Sirico | 05 Jul 2008 | Occasional Papers

    Does Christianity destroy or defend freedom? Answering this question, Fr Robert A. Sirico turns to the foundations of Christianity.

  • Do Secular Societies Promote Religious Extremism?

    Tom Frame | 07 Apr 2008 | Occasional Papers

    In the Annual Acton Lecture Tom Frame looks at secularism in society. He concludes that in a genuinely secular society all...

  • FEATURE: Enlightening Islam

    Leonie Phillips | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Leonie Phillips talks with Ayaan Hirsi Ali about Islam and liberalism.

  • FEATURE: Liberal Egalitarianism and Religious Vilification Laws

    Darryn Jensen | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Equality of persons is a stronger foundation for freedom of speech than fallibility of knowledge argues.

  • Religion and Politics: Contemporary Tensions

    Paul Kelly | 12 May 2007 | Occasional Papers

    Religion has always been important but the decline in Christian practice in recent decades led to a widespread assumption...

  • DEBATE: On the Right To Give Offence

    Steve Edwards | 09 Sep 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Freedom of speech should cede nothing to religious sensibilities.

  • FEATURE: Preaching to the Converted? The Limits of Religious Arguments in Politics

    Jonathan Crowe | 12 Dec 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Religious believers should make secular arguments.

  • FEATURE: Faith and Politics: Separation or Synergy

    Darryn Jensen | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Religious beliefs can guide politicians while preserving the separation of church and state.

  • FEATURE: Do We Really Need Religious Vilification Laws?

    Steven Bishop | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Religious vilification laws are diminishing freedom of speech.

  • Rendering Unto Caesar: New Challenges for Church and State

    Samuel Gregg | 18 May 2004 | Occasional Papers

    In considering contemporary church-state relations, Gregg argues that religious communities need to reassess their role,...

  • Christian Morality and Market Capitalism: Friends or Foes?

    Ian Harper | 21 Oct 2003 | Occasional Papers

    In the 5th Annual CIS Acton Lecture on Religion & Freedom, Ian Harper explores the moral basis of market capitalism––its...

  • Islam in Pluralist Indonesia

    Mohammad Fajrul Falaakh | 03 Oct 2002 | Occasional Papers

    In this, The Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom for 2002, noted Indonesian academic Mohammad Fajrul Falaakh discusses...

  • Dangerous Protections: How Some Ways of Protecting the Freedom of Religion May Actually Diminish Religious Freedom.

    Robert Forsyth | 24 Sep 2001 | Occasional Papers

    The 2001 Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom delivered by Robert Forsyth.  Sometimes efforts to achieve good can backfire,...

  • Playing with Fire: Churches, Welfare Services and Government Contracts

    Samuel Gregg | 14 Aug 2000 | Issue Analysis

    Striking a balance between state funding and religious autonomy is the latest challenge for church-based welfare agencies....

  • The Moral Foundations of Freedom: Lessons from the Religious Encounter with Democracy

    George Weigel | 30 May 2000 | Occasional Papers

    What happens when a society loses it moral capital? Can democracy thrive in a value-neutral environment? These are just some...

  • REVIEW: In The Shadow of the Reign of Terror

    Samuel Gregg | 03 Mar 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Tocqueville: A Biography by Andre Jardin (John Hopkins University Press, 1998.)

  • Christianity and Entrepreneurship: Protestant and Catholic Thoughts

    Samuel Gregg | 05 Nov 1999 | Policy Monographs

    This monograph is a scholarly yet understandable study of entrepreneurship from both a Protestant (Preece) and a Catholic...

  • Catholicism and the Architecture of Freedom

    George Pell | 01 Aug 1999 | Occasional Papers

    The nature of freedom is a question that has puzzled western societies from their very beginnings. In the Centre for Independent...

  • Religion and Liberty: Western Experiences, Asian Possibilities

    Samuel Gregg | 01 Aug 1999 | Occasional Papers

    In this CIS Occasional Paper, Samuel Gregg examines religion and its effects upon liberty in the West, before speculating...

  • In Praise of the Free Economy: Essays

    Michael Novak | 03 May 1999 | CIS Readings

    Michael Novak is the first contemporary Christian theologian to have dedicated many years of his life to a serious and open...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Ego and Soul: The Modern West in Search of Meaning

    Martin Sheehan | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Ego and Soul: The Modern West in Search of Meaning by John Carroll (HarperCollins, 1998.)

  • The Political Economy of Freedom

    Michael Oakeshott | 01 Nov 1994 | Occasional Papers

    The Political Economy of Freedom is an eloquent discussion of the importance of a diffusion of power in maintaining freedom.

  • Economics, Faith and Moral Responsibility

    Robert Sirico | 01 Aug 1993 | Occasional Papers

    In this CIS Occasional Paper, Robert Sirico defends the institutions of the free and open society from a Christian standpoint.

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: The Blessing of Market Capitalism

    Wolfgang Kasper | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    In Centesimus annus, the Pope is unsparing in his criticism of communism, socialism and (less explicitly) the Catholic flirtation...

  • FEATURE: Television Jingoism: The Proposed Limits on Foreign Ownership of Australia's Air Waves

    Adrian T. Moore | 09 Sep 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    "Mr Kim Beazley, Australia's Minister of Transport and Communications, recently proposed limits on foreign ownership of Australian...

  • Chaining Australia: Church Bureaucracies and Political Economy

    Geoffrey Brennan | 01 Aug 1984 | CIS Readings

    Edited by Geoffrey Brennan and John K Williams. Contributions by Geoffrey Brennan, Paul A McGavin, John K Williams, Hugh...