Book Reviews

Islam, immigration and the great dividing rage

9 April 2011 - The Weekend Australian

Review of 'Essays on Muslims and Multiculturalism' edited by philosopher, Raimond Gaita. This timely book is a thoughtful and articulate argument for multiculturalism with contributors from a diverse range of faith and cultural backgrounds.

Preparing for the end of the world

12 March 2011 - The Weekend Australian

Review of 'Apocalypse in Islam' by French Professor of Politics, Jean-Pierre Filiu. This eye-opening book explores a troubling phenomenon: the fast-growing belief in Muslim countries that the end of the world is at hand.

Reasonable people politely showing God the door

15 January 2011 - The Weekend Australian

Review of 'The Australian Book of Atheism' edited by Warren Bonett - a wide diversity of essays from 33 of the nation's pre-eminent atheist, rationalist, humanist and sceptical thinkers

The enduring kinship of Islam and the Indigenous

1 January 2011 - The Weekend Australian

Review of 'Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia' by Peta Stephenson - The fascinating history of the interaction between Aborigines and Muslims, and the voices of contemporary Aboriginal Muslims

Glory with a dash of gore

26 June 2010 - Sydney Morning Herald

"Review of God Is Not One: The eight rival religions that run the world and why their differences matter by Stephen Prothero - a provocative argument that, contrary to popular understanding, all religions are truly and deeply different"

From slavery to the origin of species

24 April 2010 - The Weekend Australian

"Review of Darwin's Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins by Adrian Desmond and James Moore - how Charles Darwin's stance against slavery drove his quest to explore and develop his theory of evolution"

Staying mum on the pain of adoption

7 April 2010 - The Weekend Australian

Review of Ten Hail Marys by Kate Howarth - the harrowing tale of an Aboriginal girl's experience of poverty and teen pregnancy

Religion minus the rhetoric

13 March 2010 - The Weekend Australian

Review of Taming The Gods: Religion And Democracy On Three Continents by Ian Buruma - a clear-eyed examination of the tensions and interaction between religion and politics on three continents

In God's country

14 November 2009 - Sydney Morning Herald

Review of The Encyclopedia of Religion in Australia Edited by James Jupp - first ever comprehensive and authoritative reference text on religion in Australia

On the road well travelled

7 November 2009 - The Weekend Australian

Review of Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalrymple - this acclaimed travel writer explores the massive changes in Indian society through the lives of nine people from different faith backgrounds

Ashes to ashes, dust cover to dust cover

17 October 2009 - The Weekend Australian

Review of Six Feet Under or Up in Smoke: The Aussie Way of Death by Jim Eames - a wry look at people who work in the death industry in Australia: undertakers, gravediggers, morgue workers, embalmers and coffin makers

A wife's voyage to the farthest shore of grief

26 Sept 2009 - The Weekend Australian

Review of Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir by Kay Redfield Jamison - one woman's moving journey through pain and grief after the death of her husband

Stuck between faith and disbelief

1 August 2009 - Sydney Morning Herald

Review of Losing My Religion: Unbelief in Australia by Tom Frame - intriguing historical survey of the difficulties for Christian belief in Australia

Heavy-hitter stands up for God and religion

15 Aug 2009 - The Weekend Australian

Review of The Case for God: What Religion Really Means by Karen Armstrong - this eminent religion scholar's rebuttal of the new atheists attack on religion, and a fascinating explanation of the true meaning and worth of faith and belief

Portrait of a young radical

16 May 2009 - Sydney Morning Herald

Review of Once Were Radicals: My Years As A Teenage Islamo-fascist by Irfan Yusuf and Leave To Remain by Abbas El-Zein - two Muslim men chart their very different paths from youthful turmoil to mature moderation

A rebel ponders life after religion

9 May 2009 - Sydney Morning Herald

Review of Between The Monster And The Saint: Reflections On The Human Condition by Richard Holloway - a controversial former Anglican bishop bares his soul in a moving essay that pushes the limits of Christian faith

Video Reviews

Death of fanaticism

4 December 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of on-line video promoting the Parliament of the World's Religions

Doco asks what next for child migrants

20 November 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of documentary, The Long Journey Home, on ABC TV about British child migrants to Australia

Jim Wallis next to Obama next to God

6 November 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of American Christian activist, Jim Wallis's appearance on CNN's current affairs debate program, Face Off

John Safran the holy fool

23 October 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of the first episode of John Safran's show Race Relations on ABC TV

When Hitchens met Brennan

9 October 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of episode of Q&A on ABC TV that featured Christopher Hitchens and Frank Brennan

Freemasons show the Church how to handle Dan Brown

25 September 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of on-line video promo for Dan Brown's new book, The Lost Symbol

Why Cardinal Pell was wrong about the Blake Prize

11 September 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of video artist, Angela Mesiti's work Rapture (silent anthem) which won the 2009 Blake Prize for Religious Art

Reasons for optimism in Israel and Palestine

28 August 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of on-line video promo for Karen Armstrong's Charter for Compassion

Not just any old superpower

14 August 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of excerpt from documentary The 10 Conditions of Love about Muslim Uigher activist, Rebiya Kadeer, which the Chinese Government sought to suppress in Australia

In praise of slow TV

31 July 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of an address given by Richard Flanagan featured on The Monthly's on-line channel, SlowTV

Wintons numinous Breath

17 July 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of on-line video promoting Tim Winton's book Breath

New ethics of new media

2 July 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of video artist Shaun Gladwell's work Storm Sequence 2000 on YouTube

Rise of European extremism

18 June 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders being grilled on BBC current affairs program, Hardtalk.

New media makes and breaks Susan Boyle

2 June 2009 - Eureka Street

Review of Susan Boyle winning the semi-final of Britain's Got Talent on YouTube