A handshake can be a powerful thing. I grew up learning that “a gentleman’s word is his bond” and that my handshake was the guarantee of that word. Handshakes symbolise the beginning or renewal of relationships so the refusal to shake hands can be seen as being anti-relationship and therefore insulting. This week I spent […]
OK, I’ll admit it, half the reason for writing this article is simply to get that headline at the top. But the other half is to make a small contribution into the whole “religion/no-religion in the census” debate currently going on in Australia. Tonight is census night and all over this young and free land […]
I can’t be the only Christian who’s been told “Religion has no place in politics”. It’s a widely-held view, and one expressed to me most recently by a journalist from a national newspaper whilst interviewing me for the upcoming “Living with the Enemy” (“LWTE”). Here in Australia there has been criticism of Prime Minister Tony […]
An excellent post over at Irregular Webcomic, Why do some sensible-seeming folk have beliefs which have no generally accepted scientific basis? In particular, why do some people who generally come across as intelligent and logical go and “spoil” it all by expressing a belief in God? It can be easy to dismiss such beliefs as […]
You may have (but probably, and thankfully, haven't) seen the recent tizz in the States over another of the shock-flock pastors (see, I just coined a phrase) Perry Noble. Perry, it seems, thought it would be helpful to play ACDC's “Highway to Hell” [wiki] on Easter Sunday in order to confront those stuffy traditionalists who […]
A fascinating little comment in this recent smh article which contains an edited version of Ian McEwan's acceptance speech for the Jerusalem Prize. Here in the middle of some really helpful comments on the current Israeli policies of enforced purchases and settlement he makes the following statement: To the humble atheist it seems clear enough – […]
Thanks to the wonders of bettween I'm able to bring you a record of a recent twitter conversation between myself and streligionVIC. I'm increasingly convinced twitter is a useful (but not perfect) medium for such discussions. The limitations of 140 characters forces precision almost as much as it might stymie conversation. Your thoughts?