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Each year we mark birthdays, religious festivals and secular celebrations with rituals and ceremonies; cakes and candles, palm leaves and ash. But what role does tradition play in the modern world? And why is it a concept worth defending?

The Tradition Conference 2013 brings together Australian and internationally renowned speakers to explore how religious and cultural customs shape our understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit.

The conference will culminate in a lively debate moderated by ABC Radio National’s Phillip Adams at the ABC Studios, led by notable philosophers Mark Kingwell and John Haldane. They will discuss the Catholic Church's role in forging and maintaining Sacred Tradition as well as the often fraught relationship between religious and cultural tradition. Tradition: a friend or foe of freedom?

Which side will you choose?

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