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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Russell Moore on Pat Robertson

This is one of the most powerful articles I’ve read in a long time. Do read the whole, moving, thing. Christ, the Church and Pat Robertson:   Pat Robertson’s cruel marriage statement is no anomaly. He and his cohorts have given us for years a prosperity gospel with more in common with an Asherah pole than a cross. They have given us a politicized Christianity […]

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Germany is doomed

No, I’m not talking about the euro-zone crises, but that old classic computer game. Apparently, for the past 17 years the FPS game, Doom, was only allowed to be sold in Adult stores here in Germany, but the  Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (it’s one word in German) has finally allowed it to be sold to teens, albeit, those over 16. The BBC […]

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Pasta-dish hat in driver’s licence – for confessional reasons of course…

The BBC reports of an Austrian man who has had his driver licence photo taken with a pasta strainer on his head… because he’s a Pastafarian. If you’re wondering what that is, it’s a fictional religion, said to involve the worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and was created as a kind of satirical response to the Intelligent Design movement. Niko Alm first applied for the licence […]

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No, Brisbane, you’re not freezing, you’re just cold.

Sure, 9-12 degrees is cold, but the Courier Mail is really overplaying it with: ICY air from the south has been blamed for plunging southern Queensland into a deep freeze with several centres on track to record their lowest maximum temperatures on record. Unless water is turning into ice, it’s not freezing, and certainly not a deep freeze. Get a grip people! It does appear […]

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Atheist converts after his lotto prayer is answered

I’m not quite sure what to make of this one: Sal Bentivegna, 28, who did not previously believe in God, had sarcastically asked his mother to “ask your God for a million dollars”. However, his mother Gloria Bentivegna, follows the Catholic faith, and staying true to her belief refused to ask God for such a thing. Taking his joke further, Sal then prayed out aloud […]

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China, the West, faith, public expression and human rights

Some Chinese Christian house-church leaders have started a petition to the National People’s Congress on the issue of religious freedom. They cite article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, […]

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All aboard the Pony Express!

The BBC reports that CCTV has captured footage of a man trying to board a train with his pony: Shocked staff watched as the man tried to get on the train at Wrexham General station with the white pony in tow After a conductor refused him entry, the man returned to the ticket booth where he tried to buy two tickets – for himself and […]

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Big shark…

This is pretty wild: And for those non-aussies reading:

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They’re just pining for the fjords.

Could this be a poe? Too much Monty Python perhaps? see more funny videos

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Daily Mail Fail: inventing Australian states

In a recent article about the Queensland floods, the Daily Mail gave us this helpful diagram: Wait a second.. Now, I know we’ve been overseas for a few years, but I’m pretty sure I would have heard about it if they’d divided QLD up like that!

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Making fun of Airport Security

There’s a bit of a stink about the new, more invasive security approach in American airports at the moment, from the full-body ‘naked’ scanner to literally full-body pat-down searches. If you happen to be flying in the US today, you might wish to take part in National Opt-Out day, which appears to be a means of highlighting the way air travellers are assumed guilty until […]

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