4ZZZ launched its glorious tradition of counting down listeners' 100 favourite songs on New Year's Day 1977. More than 10 years later, 2JJJ in Sydney (which employed many ex-Zed staff) began conducting its own Hot 100. Because 4ZZZ held the rights to the name Hot 100, there was a little bit of legal biffo when TripleJ became a national broadcaster, so they changed the name of their survey to the "Hottest 100".
Interfaith and atheism with Chris Stedman
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Brisbane Line reporter Jayson Cooke attended the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne last weekend.
While some attendees were what many would consider to be ‘stereotypical’ atheists decrying all facets of religion, the convention's many speakers and audience members alike held attitudes and opinions on atheism, religious faith and the contribution to society of each which were as diverse as in any group of 4000+ people; possibly more so.
One example of an atheist who is neither hostile to religion, nor to religious people, was international guest speaker for the Student Leadership section of the conference, Chris Stedman.
Chris Stedman is the Interfaith and Community Service Fellow for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University as well as the Managing Director of State of Formation, a new initiative at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue.
Chris is the founder and author of the blog NonProphet Status as well as a panelist for The Washington Post On Faith, and his writing has also appeared in venues such as The Journal of College and Character, Tikkun Daily, The New Humanism, and more.
Chris Stedman’s first book Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious will be released in November this year through Beacon Press.