September 5th 2009

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Articles from this issue:

OBITUARY: Australia loses great champion of the unborn - Charles Hugh Francis AM QC RFD (1924-2009)

COVER STORY: Huge turn-out for Canberra marriage summit

CANBERRA OBSERVED: The Christian vote and Kevin Rudd

EDITORIAL: Bushfire Royal Commission ignores fuel-reduction burning

SCHOOLS: 'Historic leap forward' to shake up WA schools

ENERGY I: ETS will deter oil and gas exploration

ENERGY II: Renewable energy: what about the ethanol industry?

FINANCIAL CRISIS: World economy is still 'anaemic'

ASIA: Vulnerable Taiwan facing new trade challenges

QUEENSLAND: GP protests - we are doctors, not baby-killers

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Family the key to social inclusion and cohesion

OPINION: Patient ruling creates moral, ethical impasse

EDUCATION: ALP's 'education revolution' copies UK's failed policies

OPINION: Integration, the missing ingredient of immigration

CO2 and turf (letter)

Ian Plimer on Christianity (letter)

Treasury's role in OzCar affair (letter)

Governmental child abuse (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: UK Health gives child molester Viagra; Vic. council paid $620,000 to a 'white witch'; Women in combat

BOOK REVIEW: FAIR WORK: The New Workplace Laws and the Work Choices Legacy, eds. Anthony Forsyth and Andrew Stewart

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Ian Plimer on Christianity (letter)

by Peter J. Talbot

News Weekly, September 5, 2009

I recently caught part of a speech given to the Sydney Institute by Professor Ian Plimer, whose book Heaven and Earth - Global Warming: the Missing Science (reviewed in News Weekly, May 16) seeks to debunk the premise of human-induced climate change.

While not wishing to tackle the pros and cons of his environmental arguments, a couple of statements in his speech raised my eyebrows.

Specifically, he spoke of "failed Western socialism" (I have no major truck with this statement) and "failed Western Christianity".

I hope this latter statement refers to the diminution of Christian faith in Western society generally, rather than to any intrinsic failure of the faith itself (doctrinally, etc.) and the undeniable contribution it has made to Western civilisation's rise to greatness.

However, to put the present situation into context, it should be pointed out that more people still attend church each weekend than organised sport - and this in sports-mad Australia.

Peter J. Talbot,
Nudgee, Qld

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