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Will there be another Martin Luther?

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 4:40 pm | Noel Cheer

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the events which led to the Reformation of Western Christianity. Recollections of the protest by the German Catholic monk, Martin Luther, on 31 October 1517 invite us to remember how events have unfolded ... More >>

'Atheist' Minister to speak at Sea of Faith Conference

Friday, 16 September 2016, 9:35 am | Noel Cheer

The Rev. Gretta Vosper is the minister of the West Hill United Church in Toronto and has for years made no bones about her beliefs, which include rejecting the notion of an interventionist, supernatural being on which much church doctrine is based. ... More >>

Free Public Lecture: "Consistency's Curse"

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 6:40 pm | Noel Cheer

The author and teacher, Bernard Beckett, is a great admirer of modern science. As a passionate agnostic, he struggles to define a personal philosophy that might provide a grounding for our expanding understanding of the physical world, while underpinning ... More >>

Beauty in Islam

Monday, 2 May 2016, 12:00 pm | Noel Cheer

In another superb lecture by Dr. Christopher Longhurst under the auspices of the St Andrew's Trust for the Study of Religion and Society, he looks at how Islam understands the notion of beauty, and represents itself aesthetically through the arts, particularly ... More >>

How Free Is Free Speech?

Friday, 27 February 2015, 12:18 pm | Noel Cheer

How Free Is Free Speech: Do we recommend unconstrained freedom of expression? The Chief Human Rights Commissioner, David Rutherford, will be In Conversation with Noel Cheer at St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington on Tuesday 3 March 2015 from 12:15pm ... More >>

"Religion" meets "Society": The sermon of Bishop Marsden

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 2:23 pm | Noel Cheer

Two hundred years ago, on a visit from Sydney, Bishop Marsden delivered a Christmas Day sermon to the Maori of Northland. The event has become recognised as the effective inauguration of Christian missionary activity in Aotearoa/New Zealand. More >>

Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam

Friday, 21 November 2014, 10:53 am | Noel Cheer

“Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case ... More >>

Israel in the Middle East - Face TV

Wednesday, 27 November 2013, 3:18 pm | Noel Cheer

The state of Israel is a mere 8% of the size of New Zealand, yet it has twice the population, 20% of it Arabic. Israel is a legitimate state in the Middle East but neighboring states make it plain that they wish it were otherwise. More >>

Is the Labour Party a broad church?

Thursday, 14 November 2013, 3:10 pm | Noel Cheer

Can the Labour Party accommodate the Council of Trade Unions -- who are wholly against the Trans Pacific Partnership -- and those who see good for the country by being involved with it? More >>

Aspirations which restore quality to life

Thursday, 7 November 2013, 4:14 pm | Noel Cheer

Recently the spiritual dimension of our humanness has been added to the 'official' therapeutic mix of evidence-based and psychological medicines. Controversy persists over just what we should mean by the term 'spiritual', but, broadly speaking, ‘spirituality’ ... More >>

What Use is Religion?

Friday, 25 October 2013, 3:02 pm | Noel Cheer

In addition to giving New Atheists something to pummel, religion has provided a stabilising and organising force in society. The guest this week In Conversation with Noel Cheer on Face Television is Winton Higgins, a secular Buddhist from Australia who applauds ... More >>

Face Television: Breast Cancer

Thursday, 26 September 2013, 3:11 pm | Noel Cheer

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting women. One NZ woman in nine will be affected during her lifetime. Today seven NZ women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. More >>

The Benefits of Yoga - Noel Cheer on Face Television

Thursday, 5 September 2013, 3:38 pm | Noel Cheer

Although it appears to bring with it elements of Indian mysticism it is very popular in New Zealand. The guest on the programme this week is Anne Scott, a member of Yoga Aotearoa. More >>

Living With Autism

Thursday, 15 August 2013, 11:33 am | Noel Cheer

Mozart was probably afflicted by it – and Michelangelo, Sir Isaac Newton, Lewis Carroll and Albert Einstein. Today about 1% of the general population is affected by the condition called Autism Spectrum Disorder. More >>

No sustainable future without peace

Thursday, 27 June 2013, 12:08 pm | Noel Cheer

You’ve probably heard the expression “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors so much as borrow it from our descendants.” And you’ve probably heard it in the context of the environment and climate change. More >>

Who are the Sikhs? Noel Cheer on Face Television

Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 1:09 pm | Noel Cheer

The religion of the Sikh people came to birth about 600 years ago in the Punjab region of India – the gateway to the Indian subcontinent for people from Greece, Central Asia and Iran. More >>

Conversation with Noel Cheer on Face TV: Sir Ray Avery

Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 2:38 pm | Noel Cheer

Sir Ray Avery's life story is a rags-to-at-least-comparative-riches story. It’s a Pygmalion story too – lifted from the gutter to the science lab and then on to philanthropic entrepreneurship. And it’s about giving to others in need some of ... More >>

We Should Get Rich Slowly

Thursday, 13 June 2013, 12:54 pm | Noel Cheer

"In Conversation with Noel Cheer", Face Television, Monday June 17th at 7:00pm, repeated on Tuesday June 18th at 12 noon. More >>

Big Fish and Little Fish

Thursday, 6 June 2013, 1:15 pm | Noel Cheer

"In Conversation with Noel Cheer", Face Television, Monday June 10th at 7:00pm, repeated on Tuesday June 11th at 12 noon. More >>

When it comes to climate, there is only one world

Wednesday, 22 May 2013, 6:55 pm | Noel Cheer

When it comes to climate, there is only one world. Recently the magazine The Economist offered alternative readings of climate change outlook from those that have kept us awake at night. It did not endorse the sceptics but it did see the observed data ... More >>