Everyday Ethics

Everyday Ethics


Provocative weekly debate on moral, religious and ethical issues. From BBC Radio Ulster


Child Abuse, The Relevance of Advent and the Origin of Genocide  

You can't open a newspaper, hear, or see a news bulletin these days without encountering a story about child abuse. The latest series of revelations come from the world of football. Allegations have been made. Names published. Does this make it more or less difficult to get to the truth? And can we be fair to both the accusers and the accused? Our guests - child safety expert and former policeman, Jim Gamble; theologian and sociologist, Elaine Storkey; and Michael Connolly, a survivor of sex abuse. Former Presbyterian Moderator Rev Ken Newell, discusses the relevance of Advent as Christmas approaches, and law professor and human rights expert Philippe Sands, tells us about his new book 'East West Street - On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity'.

Swedish Working Hours; Fidel Castro; Papal Visit  

Would our lives be better if we adopted the Swedish system of working shorter hours?

Cryogenics; Corporation tax; Flags  

How ethical is it to freeze your body after death?

Shared History, Donald Trump and Child Refugees  

Has this year of shared history changed how we remember on the island of Ireland? The Evangelical response to the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. And what is our moral duty to children abandoned by war.

Literacy, dealing with death and what's fuelling the racist fire?  

In a world of text, why are so many people still functionally illiterate and innumerate? Poor politics and xenophobic media, Cardinal Nichols on what's fuelling the racist fire. How should we approach death - is it time we resigned ourselves to the inevitable?

Nature versus Nurture, the Vatican's Dirty War files and Belfast's Victorian Graverobbers.  

Nature versus Nurture - What would make you cross the line into criminality? The Vatican opens its files relating to Argentina's Dirty War and for Halloween we are on the trail of Belfast's Victorian Graverobbers.

The poverty index and the journey of the Methodists  

Roisin and guests discuss the poverty index - what does it mean being poor mean these days? And from anti-Catholic to ecumenical - the journey of the Methodists

The Road towards Equality for Women, and Atheist Children in Faith Schools  

Are women still less than equal? Should faith schools make more provision for atheists?

No.1 Hit for Dementia Sufferer, Similarities between Faiths, Prison Week  

Singing for the brain, similarities between faiths and prison week

Is this the Real Life? Or is this Just fantasy?  

On Everyday Ethics with Audrey Carville this week - the post-truth society, is truth an irrelevance? Plus near death experiences - explained? And the importance of wine in religion.

Jeremy Corbyn, Syria, Brangelina  

Can Jeremy's principles transform society? Brangelina break up - do we care too much?

The essence of being human  

Plus the Paralympian who is planning her own death and new guidelines on communion

Christianity & Infertility and Reflections from Terry Waite and Rev Ken Newell  

Elaine McGee and guests debate Christianity and how it relates to infertility, Terry Waite on 25 years since his release and the rise of ISIS, and Rev Ken Newell reflects on 15 years since he witnessed the 9/11 attacks.

Conscripting the Young, 70 Years of AA and Finding Beauty  

Debate on conscripting the young, 70th anniversary of AA and a walk around an exhibition

What is Success, Dwindling Church Attendance, and Frei on Trump  

On this week's Everyday Ethics with Roisin McAuley - just what is success? Money, promotion, celebrity or just plain contentment with your lot? Church attendance is falling - can the decline be halted? And on the campaign trail with Trump - Matt Frei gives his verdict.

Forgiveness, Consumerism vs Nature and the Keening Tradition  

Michaella McCollum came back to Ireland this week after being released from a Peru prison earlier this year. She returned to a barrage of media attention and condemnation. The Reverend Cheryl Meban looks at the wider issues surrounding this story - are women not as easily forgiven as men? Fr Sean McDonagh, Professor Jane Falkingham and the Reverend Chris Hudson debate another hot issue - how consumerism is eating up the earth's resources faster than ever - but can we really fix the environment if we don't control our reproduction levels? And crying out for lost souls - Marie-Louise Muir and Conor McKay explore why the sound of keening is no longer heard.

Music, Ministry and Persecution  

On this week's Everday Ethics, with Roisin McAuley, harmony out of chaos, saving Iraq's teens with classical music. Ministering in economic uncertainty, the role of the workplace chaplain. Plus we we examine the persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims.

Honours,Syrian Civil War, Science and Wonder  

Is the British honours system fit for purpose? Humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo. Science and Wonder.

Churches & Sanctuary, Happy Marriages and Irish Singing Imam Style  

On this week's Everyday Ethics with Roisin McAuley, a place of sanctuary - or a place of safety? The dilemma for churches after the murder of Father Hamel. Alain de Botton tells us how to have a happy marriage, and the Muslim Imam embracing the world of Irish Traditional singing.

Where did the Church go Wrong? Pokémon Go and Debate on Competition  

Audrey asks why the fall in church numbers? Religion & Pokémon, & competition after drugs

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