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A centre right government? Where?!

in Politics

I wish people would stop saying that we have a centre right government. What does that even mean to you? As many people will know, New Zealand recently had its general election, and the National government increased its majority at the considerable expense of the Labour and green Parties. A couple of times in recent history I have heard this National government referred to as a “centre right” government. In fact Prime Minister John Key used that term on the night of his party’s election victory. [click to continue…]

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Don’t they realise that we doubt?

in Theology / Biblical Studies

It will come as little surprise that I think a lot of people who have strong opinions on religion, even those who write about religion and get paid for it (unlike some of us!) frequently know much less about it than would be desirable, given how much they say. And one of the things people don’t seem to realise is that doubt exists, even for people of strong faith.

Just yesterday I saw the provocative story title in the Sydney Morning Herald: “Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby questions the existence of God.” [click to continue…]

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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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