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in Politics

This is the most political thing I’m going to post prior to the election (in terms of policy). I’m no tax expert. However, I thought it was time I wrapped my brain around the Labour Party’s proposed Capital Gains Tax (CGT). It would never affect me, for the simple reason that I’m a penniless theologian and philosopher. I wasted my years in University rather than setting myself up for home ownership, so I have no horse in this race.

I’m pretty sure I understand the policy now as much as anyone, having read it as well as a chunk of the discussion around it. It’s wrong. [click to continue…]

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How are Anglicans Different from Catholics?

in Ecclesiology, Theology / Biblical Studies

No, Anglicans are not basically Catholics. So what’s the difference?

Some time ago when I publicly commented that I could easily consider “going Anglican,” one of the comments I got was from a Catholic, telling me that I would have come “half-way home.” Since then as many of you know, I have gone Anglican and when I have told people about it, I’ve heard remarks suggesting that some people really aren’t sure if there’s a difference between Catholics and Anglicans. I’ve had people ask me things like: Don’t Anglicans venerate statues of Mary? Don’t they have confessionals? Don’t they believe in Purgatory? The answer to these questions is no, but I know that there are people out there asking these and similar questions. [click to continue…]

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in Politics, Social Issues

The New Zealand general election is almost upon us! Rather than talk about which parties I like and which I don’t, I want us all to imagine a parallel world in which we find New New Zealand heading into an election.  Here’s what’s on offer in New New Zealand: [click to continue…]

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in Politics

There’s an election approaching, and Prime Minister John key is pretty confident that he’ll still be Prime Minister when it’s over. Full disclosure: I won’t be voting for his party (National). Seeing some of the propaganda that has been churned out in this election lead-up has caused me to notice something I hadn’t noticed before. So I went back through political propaganda from previous years, and there it was. I hadn’t seen it before, but it was there.

[WARNING! THIS POST CONTAINS HIGHLY OFFENSIVE RACIST IMAGES for educational purposes] [click to continue…]

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My ten most formative books

in miscellaneous

Some of my friends on Facebook have been sharing ten books that had an impact on them, so I thought I’d get in on the trend. I nearly didn’t, because the truth is that I find it hard to finish a book. [click to continue…]

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Victoria Osteen was Right

in Theology / Biblical Studies

Social media has been ablaze lately with Christians tearing strips off Victoria Osteen for saying that when we worship God and when we do good, we’re not really doing anything for God, but we’re doing it for ourselves. My take is this: Osteen is actually right, and people are taking a certain glee in misunderstanding her because, well, she’s Victoria Osteen. [click to continue…]

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A defence of just letting poor people die

in Ethics, Philosophy, Social Issues

Suppose you awoke one day and found yourself in a relatively technologically advanced society in which there were some very poor people. You did not consent to be in this position, but here you are. You ask around among some people with reasonably well-paying jobs (that is, people like you), and they all tell you the same thing: They didn’t intend for there to be any very poor people. They all just woke up and found themselves here. [click to continue…]

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