Defending bigotry

The Attorney-General says “People do have a right to be bigots … in a free country people do have rights to say things that other people find offensive or insulting or bigoted.” See here. True? Yes, I think so. In … Continue reading

Earth 2.0?

NASA announces the discovery of the first earth sized planet in the ‘habitable zone’ of a star. Now ask yourself, why do we find that interesting? For the same reason it would be interesting if we bumped into a fellow … Continue reading

Kurt Vonnegut’s Christian humanism

“If Christ hadn’t delivered the Sermon on the Mount, with its message of mercy and pity, I wouldn’t want to be a human being.” Famous writer and speaker Kurt Vonnegut (recently died) speaks highly of Jesus and his morality but … Continue reading

Things are getting better…or are they?

Who could deny that it’s good news that the battle against poverty and disease is being won? Thank God that at last the end is in sight (still decades away) when no one will go hungry or die unnecessarily through … Continue reading

Genesis, Volf and the public square

Geoff Thompson reflects here on Tony Jones’ question about ‘believing in Genesis’ to Miroslav Volf on Q&A last week. The stereoptypes of the faithful need to be replaced by obviously thoughtful and intelligent Christians like Volf or Williams who leave … Continue reading

The elephants in the classroom

Justine Toh at CPX talks here about where there is some place for religious instruction in schools. Her argument is much broader than that though; it’s about the impossibility of neutrality or value-free positions and so it challenges the secular … Continue reading

Tolerance and what’s natural about marriage?

This is an interesting article that wanders through political theory, the ‘natural’ in heterosexual marriage and the fall of Mozilla’s Brendan Eich for his conservative views. Interesting… and here. As usual: posted to stimulate the little grey cells not because … Continue reading

The problem of knowledge—musings on a thesis

I’m beginning to think that the word ‘knowledge’ is positively unhelpful. It is a lie clad in truth’s clothing. It makes us think we can have something distinct from belief or opinion but on closer examination it is just posturing. … Continue reading

Hard cases make bad euthanasia laws

This short piece recounts various sufferers’ perspectives on both sides of the euthanasia debate and argues that individual stories, while compelling, do not make an argument in favor of euthanasia. … Continue reading

Marion Maddox, church, state and Big Secularism

This article at ABC Religion and Ethics is an important one; it deals with the latest round in the heated church-state discussion in Australia (Marion Maddox’s latest book, Taking God to School: The End of Australia’s Egalitarian Education?). … Continue reading