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Lecture of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

Faith, Reason and the University -Memories and Reflections

"...While we rejoice in the new possibilities open to humanity, we also see the dangers arising from these possibilities and we must ask ourselves how we can overcome them. We will succeed in doing so only if reason and faith come together in a new way, if we overcome the self-imposed limitation of reason to the empirically verifiable, and if we once more disclose its vast horizons. In this sense theology rightly belongs in the university and within the wide-ranging dialogue of sciences, not merely as a historical discipline and one of the human sciences, but precisely as theology, as inquiry into the rationality of faith."
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Kontroversi Ceramah Paus Benediktus XVI

Fakta dibalik Berita

Tulisan ini sama sekali tidak dimaksudkan untuk membela Paus Benediktus XVI terkait pemberitaan akhir-akhir ini tentang pernyataan beliau yang katanya kontroversial tentang Islam dan jihad. Tulisan ini juga tidak untuk membela otoritas Vatikan ataupun Gereja Katolik. Maksud dari tulisan ini sebenarnya sederhana, ingin mengajak publik Indonesia untuk berpikir sehat dan kritis dalam menarik kesimpulan dan kemudian menyikapi suatu berita.
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Oleh: Hellena Souisa

Tunas Sepak Bola Indonesia Menjajal Belanda

Mungkin tidak banyak yang tahu, bahwa sudah sejak Juni 2006 yang lalu, Belanda kedatangan tamu-tamu muda dari Indonesia. Ya, tim nasional PSSI dibawah usia 23 tahun (U-23) saat ini ada di Negeri Kincir Angin, untuk mengikuti serangkaian latihan sekaligus seleksi pemain. Ditemui hari Sabtu yang lalu usai bertanding melawan tim papan atas liga amatir Belanda, [...]
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The Hague, 17 June 2006

The Yogyakarta Memoir

In response to the recent and devastating Yogyakarta earthquake, the Indonesian Student Association in Netherlands together with elements of Indonesian communities in the Netherlands spontaneously initiated the “Solidarity Committee for Yogyakarta Earthquake.” This Committee immediately gained support from various Indonesian organizations in the Netherlands and abroad.
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    Ordinary People, Extraordinary Resilience

    A Documentary Shows Political Maturity of Indonesian Grassroots Several international friends have asked the question, how come Indonesia managed a relatively peaceful transition of power over the years? Even following the 1997-98 regime change that involved some dark violent episodes, the country quickly re-established order and peace. Why is that despite the bitter political fights [...]

    A Democracy Can Overcome Extremism

    The closing of houses of worship, assault on an orphanage and stabbing of a religious leader all happened in front of our eyes and under full media coverage. We cannot say that we did not see this coming. As a democratic society, the blame rests with us. The government that has done little to prevent such acts — even possibly provoking hostility toward a certain group in some instances — is, like it or not, a democratically elected one.

    Seandainya Saya Penulis Pidato Presiden RI …

    Tulisan pidato ini adalah fiktif belaka yang diandaikan sebagai pidato Presiden RI. Dalam andaian itu, pidato ini dibacakan untuk menjawab keresahan masyarakat yang memilihnya untuk menjadi Presiden atas tindak kekerasan yang terjadi menjelang bulan suci Ramadhan dan peringatan hari Kemerdekaan Republik Indonesia. Tindak kekerasan diluar hukum sebagai wujud intoleransi seharusnya tidak memiliki tempat di negara yang serius menerapkan Pancasila. Pidato ini bukanlah serta merta sebuah kritik, tetapi lebih merupakan pengharapan–pengharapan bahwa 65 tahun adalah umur yang cukup bagi sebuah Negara dan Bangsa untuk mulai beranjak dewasa; dan juga pengharapan bahwa seorang pemimpin yang terpilih secara demokratis dapat pula menegakkan asas-asas demokrasi yang fundamental, termasuk melawan dengan tegas mereka yang berusaha merusak tatanan demokrasi.

    The Strategic Case of Climate Change for Indonesia

    It is critical to frame the issue of climate change as a problem to the population. It should not be seen only as a problem to the environment, since it also poses grave challenges to social and economic development. Planet Earth has been in existence for more than four billion years and has gone through solar storms, meteor impacts and several ice ages. Several dozens of high-grade hurricanes and meters of rising sea level will not jeopardize the planet as much as it will demolish the people living on it.The window of opportunity for Indonesia to embed climate change considerations into its development plan and muster international support to undertake a low carbon development is still open – but not for long.

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