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1 The Remedy: Christianity In this episode, Naomi Richman interviews Reverend Jody Stowell about Christian attitudes to health and understandings of healing. We start by looking at Jesus' treatment of the sick and move on to discussing the role of faith-healing in today's context. Naomi Richman, Jody Stowell 16 Nov 2016
2 Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, scientists are immune to trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? Roger Penrose 19 Oct 2016
3 The Fires of Faith The Babsybanoo, Machionness of Winchester Lecture with Neil MacGregor Neil MacGregor 07 Sep 2016
4 Creative Commons Irshad Manji on Allah, Liberty and Love The director of the Moral Courage Project says so-called “respect” for Muslims is often lined with fear and “low expectations” of those practising the faith. Irshad Manji 28 Jun 2016
5 Philanthropy, Faith and Public Policy Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger talks about the relationship between philanthropy, faith and public policy at the Oxford Centre for the Study of Philanthropy. Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger 08 Dec 2015
6 Creative Commons FMR 48 - From the Editors An introductory note on FMR 48, 'Faith and Responses to Displacement', from the Editors. Marion Couldrey, Maurice Herson 04 Jun 2015
7 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Religious leaders unite to disarm hearts and minds In the Central African Republic, where religion has been used as a tool to divide and manipulate the population, religious leaders have come together to promote tolerance and forgiveness as a basis for rebuilding peaceful cohabitation. Monsignor Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Imam Omar Kobine Layama, Pastor Nicolas Guerekoyame Gbangou 04 Jun 2015
8 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Local faith actors and protection in complex and insecure environments Faith leaders, faith-based organisations and local faith communities play a major role in the protection of people affected by conflict, disaster and displacement. Humanitarians, however, have only recently begun to fully appreciate their protection work. James Thomson 04 Jun 2015
9 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The value of accompaniment Friendship and compassionate companionship with the most vulnerable provide a powerful type of humanitarian service giving priority to personal accompaniment. Joe Hampson, Thomas M Crea, Rocío Calvo, Francisco Álvarez 04 Jun 2015
10 Creative Commons FMR 48 - How local faith communities can aid asylum seekers Local faith communities are able to offer assistance to asylum seekers in ways that faith-based organisations, constrained by eligibility criteria, are not. Kelly Barneche, ‘Joe’ 04 Jun 2015
11 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The role of religion in the formation of cross-community relationships Spiritual life is a priority in many conflict-affected communities. It is rarely prioritised by aid agencies, yet may be central to the formation and maintaining of strong and effective cross-community relationships. Sadia Kidwai, Lucy V Moore, Atallah FitzGibbon 04 Jun 2015
12 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The contribution of FBOs working with the displaced Faith-based organisations take from their religious traditions both strong motivations & access to a long history of thinking concerning social and political issues. This can make them ideally placed to fill the gaps in the implementation of human rights David Holdcroft 04 Jun 2015
13 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Faith and the secular: tensions in realising humanitarian principles There is good reason to engage faith-based organisations and local faith communities in humanitarian response but doing so raises challenging issues for the interpretation of humanitarian principles in what some see as a post-secular age. Alastair Ager 04 Jun 2015
14 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Faith motivation and effectiveness: a Catholic experience CAFOD’s ability to partner with other FBOs and communities brings significant advantages for its work with displaced people. However, modern-day humanitarianism does not always sit comfortably alongside some of the practices of the major religions. Robert Cruickshank, Cat Cowley 04 Jun 2015
15 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The dignity of the human person Catholic Social Teaching’s emphasis on the dignity of the human person is a lens that Catholic institutions use to evaluate how we as a global society enhance or threaten the dignity of the human person, especially the most vulnerable of people. Nathalie Lummert 04 Jun 2015
16 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Journeys of a secular organisation in south Lebanon A secular NGO’s experiences in south Lebanon demonstrate that it is possible for non-faith-based organisations to develop productive relationships with faith-based actors without compromising their secular identities. Jason Squire, Kristen Hope 04 Jun 2015
17 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Reflections from the field Working with religious leaders is an essential element of serving local communities, as is an understanding of the religious life of local communities and how belief influences their decision making. Simon Russell 04 Jun 2015
18 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The asylum seeker: a faith perspective An organisation based on faith will listen and try to understand when unjust laws, traditions, cultures or ideologies cause refugees to flee. Flor Maria Rigoni 04 Jun 2015
19 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Christian civil disobedience and indefinite, mandatory immigration detention in Australia A new movement of Christian activists in Australia is using radical direct action to challenge their country’s policy of mandatory detention of asylum seeker children. Marcus Campbell 04 Jun 2015
20 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Guided by humanitarian principles Caritas Luxembourg’s work with refugees, IDPs and migrants in Colombia, Lebanon and Luxembourg offers some examples of the ways in which a faith-based organisation may be advantaged or disadvantaged by its faith basis. Andreas Vogt, Sophie Colsell 04 Jun 2015
21 Creative Commons FMR 48 - A Luxembourg government perspective on faith in partnership While flexible in partnering with agencies best placed to assist affected populations, Luxembourg requires its partners to adhere to humanitarian principles. Max Lamesch 04 Jun 2015
22 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Not in our remit When secular organisations are responding to the needs of displaced people, the religious practices and needs of the communities may not be high on the list of things to be thought about. Maurice Herson 04 Jun 2015
23 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Faith, relief and development: the UMCOR-Muslim Aid model seven years on Seven years ago, a strategic partnership between the United Methodist Committee on Relief and Muslim Aid in Sri Lanka was formalised into a worldwide partnership agreement. Why did the partnership not achieve its goals? Amjad Saleem, Guy Hovey 04 Jun 2015
24 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Church Asylum Church asylum, or sanctuary, is a practice to support, counsel and give shelter to refugees who are threatened with deportation to inhumane living conditions, torture or even death. This practice can be located at the interface of benevolence and politics Birgit Neufert 04 Jun 2015
25 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Offering sanctuary to failed refugee claimants in Canada Despite the anti-refugee sentiment demonstrated by Canada’s recent legislative changes and the government’s hardening attitude towards those in sanctuary, the spirit of resistance and community engagement is alive and well in Canada. Kristin Marshall 04 Jun 2015
26 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Interfaith humanitarian cooperation: a Lutheran perspective The Lutheran World Federation’s experience is that closer cooperation between faith-based organisations of different faiths is both possible and beneficial. Elizabeth Gano 04 Jun 2015
27 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The clash and clout of faith: refugee aid in Ghana and Kenya A case-study from Ghana assesses the importance of a faith-based response to displacement in West Africa, while an example from Kenya highlights problems that can arise in collaborations between secular and faith-based organisations. Elizabeth Wirtz, Jonas Ecke 04 Jun 2015
28 Creative Commons FMR 48 - An inter-religious humanitarian response in the Central African Republic Inter-religious action has played a key role in ensuring that social cohesion and inter-religious mediation remain on the int'l agenda in relation to response in the Central African Republic, where people’s faith is an integral part of their identity Catherine Mahony 04 Jun 2015
29 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Respecting faiths, avoiding harm: psychosocial assistance in Jordan and the United States Both faith-based and secular organisations need to recognise the ways in which religion can provide healing and support but can also cause harm for refugees and asylum seekers. Maryam Zoma 04 Jun 2015
30 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Faith-based humanitarianism in northern Myanmar The response of faith-based organisations to displacement in northern Myanmar has been remarkable but sustaining an open and collaborative relationship with the international community remains an ongoing challenge. Edward Benson, Carine Jaquet 03 Jun 2015
31 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The costs of giving and receiving: dilemmas in Bangkok Local faith-based organisations play a central role in meeting the basic needs of the increasing urban refugee population in Bangkok. This raises challenges for all involved. Sabine Larribeau, Sharonne Broadhead 03 Jun 2015
32 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Faith and the politics of resettlement For some asylum seekers in Turkey, conversion may be an opportunistic strategy to improve resettlement prospects. Shoshana Fine 03 Jun 2015
33 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Principles and proselytising: good practice in Ethiopia Faith-based organisations need to ensure that in providing essential humanitarian assistance they do not exploit the vulnerability of people by proselytising, whether overtly or covertly. Zenebe Desta 03 Jun 2015
34 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Jewish roots of humanitarian assistance The act of assistance is an act of respect for the humanity of others and is not the preserve of any one faith. Ricardo Augman, Enrique Burbinski 03 Jun 2015
35 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Chins in Mizoram state, India: a faith-based response The faith community in Mizoram state in India has played an instrumental role in providing social services, changing perceptions of refugees, and providing access and assistance, reaching the most vulnerable where there's no international presence. Jenny Yang 03 Jun 2015
36 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Engaging IDPs in Sri Lanka: a Buddhist approach A Buddhist Sri Lankan NGO provides an example of how endogenous faith-based civil society organisations can help mobilise IDPs in owning and defining strategies for their own protection. - See more at: http://www.fmreview.org/faith/contents#sthash.Ktl8olu Emily Barry-Murphy, Max Stephenson 03 Jun 2015
37 Creative Commons FMR 48 - An ecumenical organisation for asylum seekers in Switzerland An ecumenical organisation provides socio-pastoral assistance for asylum seekers while they go through the first crucial steps of the asylum proceedings. Susy Mugnes, Felicina Proserpio, Luisa Deponti 03 Jun 2015
38 Creative Commons FMR 48 - African refugees and the particular role of churches in the UK Many churches have the necessary physical and social assets to assist refugees in the community both individually and by bringing them together. Samuel Bekalo 03 Jun 2015
39 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Post-disaster recovery and support in Japan As a locally based faith-based organisation, there were several aspects that enabled Soka Gakkai to contribute effectively to the relief effort following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, responding to both physical and psychological needs. Kimiaki Kawai 03 Jun 2015
40 Creative Commons FMR 48: ‘Welcoming the stranger’ and UNHCR’s cooperation with faith-based organisations Since its creation in 1950, UNHCR has engaged with faith-based organisations, faith communities and faith leaders in carrying out its work. Recently, UNHCR has been more actively exploring the role of faith in humanitarian responses. José Riera, Marie-Claude Poirier 03 Jun 2015
41 Creative Commons FMR 48 - What’s faith got to do with it? Use of the faith-based label demands greater clarification lest it lose coherence and result in adverse policy implications, excluding religiously motivated actors from providing much-needed assistance to displaced communities, particularly inside Syria. Tahir Zaman 03 Jun 2015
42 Faith and Wisdom in Science A Book at Lunchtime discussion with Tom McLeish, Sally Shuttleworth, John Christie and Ard A. Louis Tom McLeish, Sally Shuttleworth, John Christie, Ard Louis 19 Feb 2015
43 Epistemic Trust in Oneself and Others – An Argument from Analogy Lizzie Fricker (Oxford), gives the sixth presentation Testimony and Religious Epistemology workshop, held on 24th and 25th June 2014 by New Insights and Directions for Religious Epistemology Workshop, Oxford University Lizzie Fricker, Mikkel Gerken 08 Jul 2014
44 Limits on Religious Testimony: Lessons on Morality Laura Callahan (Oxford) gives the fifth presentation at the Testimony and Religious Epistemology workshop, held on 24th and 25th June 2014 by New Insights and Directions for Religious Epistemology Workshop Oxford University. Laura Callahan, Peter Graham 08 Jul 2014
45 Can Anti-Reductionism in the Epistemology of Testimony aid the case of Justified Religious Belief? Sandford Goldberg (Northwestern) gives the fourth presentation at the Testimony and Religious Epistemology held on 24th and 25th June 2014 by New Insights and Directions for Religious Epistemology Workshop, Oxford University. Sandford Goldberg, John Hawthorne 08 Jul 2014
46 Understanding and Knowing by Testimony Paulina Sliwa (Cambridge) gives the third presentation of the Testimony and Religious Epistemology workshop geld onb 24th and 25th June 2014 by New Insights and Directions for Religious Epistemology Workshop, Oxford University. Paulina Sliwa, Alison Hills 08 Jul 2014
47 Those Unwise People Still Dwelling in Their Senses’: Religious Speech, Moral Testimony and Audience (Mis)understanding Rachel Fraser (Oxford) gives the first presentation of the Testimony and Religious Epistemology, held on 24th and 25 June 2014 by the New Insights and Directions for Religious Epistemology Workshop Oxford University. Rachel Fraser, Max Baker-Hytch 08 Jul 2014
48 Pragmatic Encroachment and the Nature of Faith Part of the Religious Epistemology, Contextualism, and Pragmatic Encroachment, New Insights and Directions in Religious Epistemology Workshop held at Oxford University on 13th-14th March 2013. The commentator is Julien Dutant. Michael Pace 09 Apr 2013
49 Creative Commons 8. Faith and Pascal's Wager Eighth and final lecture in the Philosophy of Religion lecture series. TJ Mawson 02 May 2012
50 Creative Commons 7. Arguments against the Existence of God - The Problem of Evil Seventh lecture in the Philosophy of Religion lecture series. TJ Mawson 02 May 2012
51 Creative Commons 6. Arguments for the Existence of God - Religious Experience and Miracles Sixth lecture in the Philosophy of Religion lecture series. TJ Mawson 02 May 2012
52 Creative Commons 5. Arguments for the Existence of God -The Design Argument Fifth lecture in the Philosophy of Religion lecture series. TJ Mawson 02 May 2012
53 Creative Commons 4. Arguments for the Existence of God - The Ontological and Cosmological Arguments Fourth lecture in the Philosophy of Religion lecture series. TJ Mawson 02 May 2012
54 Creative Commons 3. The Accidental Properties of God Third lecture in the Philosophy of Religion lecture series. TJ Mawson 02 May 2012
55 Creative Commons 2. The Essential Properties of God (continued) Second lecture in the Philosophy of Religion lecture series. TJ Mawson 02 May 2012
56 Creative Commons 1. The Essential Properties of God First lecture in the Philosophy of Religion Lecture series. TJ Mawson 02 May 2012
57 Overview of the Philosophy of Religion Lecture Series (Handout) Introductory document for the Philosophy of Religion lecture series. TJ Mawson 02 May 2012
58 Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: Symposium - Making Space (does the Judaic model make sense in Christianity and Islam?) Symposium following the lectures delivered by Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks (Visiting Professor in Interfaith Studies 2011-2012) on the subject of 'Making Space: A Jewish Theology of the Other'. Jonathan Sacks, Janet Soskice, Abdou Filali-Ansari, Guy Stroumsa 24 Apr 2012
59 Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: The face of the other - the curious nature of biblical narrative Third of three lectures delivered by Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks (Visiting Professor in Interfaith Studies 2011-2012) on the subject of 'Making Space: A Jewish Theology of the Other'. Jonathan Sacks 24 Apr 2012
60 Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: Truth and translatability Second of three lectures delivered by Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks (Visiting Professor in Interfaith Studies 2011-2012) on the subject of 'Making Space: A Jewish Theology of the Other'. Jonathan Sacks 24 Apr 2012
61 Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: After Babel - A Jewish theology of interfaith First of three lectures delivered by Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks (Visiting Professor in Interfaith Studies 2011-2012) on the subject of 'Making Space: A Jewish Theology of the Other'. Jonathan Sacks 24 Apr 2012
62 The King James Bible: The End of the Road? A conversation between Melvyn Bragg and Diarmaid MacCulloch, chaired by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten of Barnes. Recorded at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford, Thursday 7 July, 6.00 pm. Diarmaid MacCulloch, Melvyn Bragg, Chris Patten 25 Jul 2011
63 Faith-based humanitarianism: Improving responses: distinctiveness, partnership and professionalism This podcast was recorded at the evening lecture of the Refugee Studies Centre's workshop on faith-based humanitarianism in the context of forced migration which was on Tuesday 22th September 2010 at The Vaults, University Church of St Marys, Oxford. Elizabeth Ferris 23 Sep 2010