If you came to our our screening of For the Love of God, or you missed it but would like to see more and have a chance to ask more questions, we are running segments from the extended version of the documentaries over 4 consecutive Monday nights. Come to one week, or come to all 4 (free).

These nights will be held at 1/215 Newcastle Road East Maitland, 2323

It would help us organise if we know how many are coming, so if you’d like to come please RSVP to Erich the date(s) you’d like to attend: | 0403 023 930

15th Oct

Jesus commanded his followers: “Love your enemies”, “turn the other cheek”. Yet from the Old Testament through to the Crusades and inquisitions and beyond, Christian scripture and history are full of violence.

Has Christianity been a major contributor to war?

How did the followers of a crucified leader manage to get things so wrong?

And what difference has it made when they have followed his example of peace-making and non-violence?

22nd Oct

Equality, freedom, human rights: ideals beloved by the modern West. But history shows that these truths are by no means self-evident. Where did they come from?

Judaism and Christianity introduced to the world the counter-intuitive idea that every person matters – every person is made “in the image of God”.

From infanticide in the ancient world to the slave plantations of “Christian” America to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, we trace the story of how this idea of human value took hold in the West … and some of the church’s dramatic failures to live up to it

29th Oct

From decadent medieval popes to modern televangelists with private jets, religion and money can make for an unsavoury mix.

But why do we think of charity as a good thing in the first place? The Greco-Roman world didn’t think so: they mostly thought the poor and suffering deserved what they got. It was Jewish thought, turbocharged by the teaching of Jesus, that transformed the way we think vulnerable people should be treated.

Fabiola, the wealthy noblewoman who founded Rome’s first hospital; Father Damien, the leper priest of Molokai; the Earl of Shaftesbury, who campaigned tirelessly for the rights of the poor and downtrodden … and innumerable nameless, forgotten individuals have shown what it looks like when Christians do take seriously the commands of the one they claim to follow.

5th Nov

For much of Western history, the church has been the most powerful player – politically, culturally, even militarily.

From the time of Emperor Constantine in the 4th century onwards, Christians have often sought power and prestige at the expense of the powerless, including women and indigenous peoples.

Yet Jesus set his followers an example of selfless service, and started a “humility revolution” that fundamentally transformed the West and the way we think about power and what it’s for.

If you’d like to watch some segments of the movie and find out more, you can do it here

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