White wine in the sun?

White wine in the sun?

It’s that time of year again, when many of my fellow antipodeans share this video: And I can understand why. Tim Minchin, in clever (it’s almost as if he sets a page of The God Delusion to the score of Les Mis) and witty lyrics sum up how a lot of people feel about Christmas. I even agree with his words against commercialisation. The music […]

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Genesis, Gervais & jumping from space

Genesis, Gervais & jumping from space

Maybe you read some of the tweets after Felix Baumgartner’s record breaking freefall jump form the edge of space; it was certainly an awe inspiring event. “Science rocks!” was one that I saw few times. Indeed, it does! But you may also have seen this being bandied about on social networks recently:   And… Ricky Gervais sums it up in one simple tweet. via @clayswisher […]

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Music, self & the physical cosmos

Music, self & the physical cosmos

I’m still slowly plugging my way through Jeremy Begbie’s excellent book Resounding Truth, in which he explores a Christian theology of music. The groundwork for thinking about music is to firstly establish a proper understanding of creation, and he is keen to stress the inherent physicality of creation and music. This got me thinking about the kind of materialist arguments that my old Atheist sparring […]

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Breivik, Mohler and justice

I read a tweet the other day to the effect of: Anders Breivik demonstrates we live in a moral universe, therefore, construct a worldview which explains this data. It was a worthwhile point, as the whole thing does seem to show that there’s very few people who would try and argue that the wrongness of Breivik’s actions is not just their subjective opinion, or a […]

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Hoisting Hume

This is rather a good little review of Craig Keener’s new book on Miracles (which I got for Christmas, but have not yet had the time or fortitude to get into – it’s in two big volumes!). Michael J. Kruger points to the circularity of Hume’s argument: Keener devotes a substantial portion of the book refuting Hume’s well known argument against the possibility of miracles.  The problem, […]

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Heathen’s Progress: Julian Baggini on Atheism & Nihilism

I just finished writing a post over at A Borrowed Flame about John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, so it’s apt that I write here about Julian Baggini’s refreshlingly honest piece about contemporary Atheism in the Guardian which is part of his series entitled “Heathen’s Progress”: Atheists have seemed rather keen in recent years to stress their jolly side. As well as the whole “brights” movement, there’s the “happy human” […]

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What if Richard Dawkins is (partly) right?

I’ve thought for some time now that Richard Dawkins was starting to lose a lot of credibility as a spokesman for Atheism. Calling for the arrest of the Pope probably didn’t help, but I got the feeling that many middle-ground people were starting to see him as a kind of ‘fundamentalist’. While Hitchens certainly didn’t pull any punches, he did seem to have real friendships […]

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Review: The Grace Effect – Larry Taunton

The Grace Effect How the power of one life can reverse the corruption of unbelief By Larry Taunton Published by Thomas Nelson, Kindle Edition   It is interesting to note that God gave us a story instead of a systematic theology, and a person instead of an argument. Larry Taunton runs the Fixed Point Foundation, best known for running debates, though to be honest, I […]

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Left-behind.. thoughts following yesterday’s content-rapture.

Well.. what a day here on the blog, yesterday was. We saw a bit more traffic than usual, with some spirited exchanges on a particular recent post, and then, everything disappeared. It was not a case of overload, as the blog itself was still online, it’s just that all the content – the posts and pages – vanished, for no apparent reason. But thanks to […]

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Wurmbrand: Atheism can be the passage from false religion to spiritual truth.

I’m currently reading The Answer to the Atheist’s Handbook by the late Richard Wurmbrand, who was a Romanian pastor (I understand he was formerly a Jewish atheist?) imprisoned under the communist regime, and who went on to found The Voice of the Martyrs. It’s a fascinating book, not least because of the context in which was written. This is no piece of apologetics responding to the […]

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Should Australians rethink the relevance of Christianity?

The Sunshine Coast Daily recently ran an opinion piece where they asked Lyle Shelton of the Australian Christian Lobby and Chrys Stevenson of the Sunshine Coast Atheists: Is it time for Australians to reconsider the relevance of Christianity? You can see both responses here. It’s interesting the way Lyle answered the question, and I think it largely falls in the issues that Nathan has been […]

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John Lennox on Q&A

I can always tell when ABC’s Q&A programme is on because my twitter stream gets filled up with people yelling at the politicians on their screens. This week, however, was politician free, a special panel on issues of faith and ethics, and featured none other than John Lennox (one of my favourite Christian thinkers), who is in Australia to debate Peter Singer. It was an […]

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