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God hardened Pharaoh’s Heart

in Theology / Biblical Studies

Spoiler: God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, making him reject Moses’ pleas to let the Israelite slaves go free. [click to continue…]

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Pat answers: No, do not steal his wallet

in apologetics, Ethics, Theology / Biblical Studies

So I have this problem with Christian pat answers, and I’m going to blog about them more often.

I recently watched a clip of footage from a conference where a panel of experts (or so I assume) was addressing pastoral, moral and theological questions. This question was basically: My brother isn’t a Christian. He doesn’t believe that there’s any such thing as sin, so we don’t need to be saved from it. What should I say to him?

Listen to the answer for yourself: [click to continue…]

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in Philosophy, Social Issues

If you kill yourself, then the only reason you did it is that one day you made a choice to do it. Are things really that simple?

Popular Christian blogger Matt Walsh has been getting a bit of flack lately. In a blog entry that was, in my view, a pretty bad idea, he offered what he took to be a correction to the many messages of sorrow about the recent death by suicide of actor Robin Williams. People have been drawing attention to Robin’s struggles with substance abuse and, more prominently in people’s comments, with the mental illness that is depression. I think it’s right to draw attention to this, and for Robin’s sad passing to be a reminder to us all how debilitating depression can be, and to reach out and help those who battle it. Sometimes you know about it, a lot of the time you won’t. [click to continue…]

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Growing old but still dying young

in Social Issues

New Zealand’s suicide rate is down. But there’s an unhappy story here about our elderly.

Figures for the year ending 30 June 2014 show that our overall suicide rate is at its lowest since the year ending 30 June 2008. Whether it’s the overall economic environment and direction, hopelessness / hopefulness about jobs or more personal scenarios: Family hardship (or an improvement therein), relationship status, or (hopefully!) improvement in the shape of mental health services, this is encouraging. Mental health and suicide has been thrust into the limelight recently, and that’s a brilliant thing. [click to continue…]

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What right to an opinion?

in Epistemology

Do you have the right to an opinion?

Many months ago I was in a discussion that ended with two people disagreeing and the other one saying something to the effect of “well, this is my opinion and I have a right to it.” I didn’t say this at the time because I was happy for the discussion to end, but my thought was: That’s the problem here. The problem is that you think you have the right to think what you think, whatever that happens to be. You don’t. That’s right, you do not have the right to an opinion, whatever that opinion might be. [click to continue…]

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What I am contemplating

in announcements, career, personal

Those who follow the blog, podcast and my amateur career as a mostly amateur theologian / philosopher might find this interesting. I want to share with you a possibility that I am thinking about. I do things in a pretty transparent way, including what I am planning.

I am seriously considering a Kickstarter project to get a book written. At this stage, however, I simply don’t know if that’s a reasonable or realistic hope – partly because I am neither fully comfortable nor skilled in asking people to materially give to support my endeavours. I really have no idea how things like this are done. It would effectively be a Kickstarter funded research fellowship (sort of) for the purposes of full-time research and writing, culminating in a book for publication. I am not yet certain of the specific requirements the project would need to meet, but my initial investigations confirm that this is a project that can definitely be made to fit. [click to continue…]

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Holy crap!

in Humour

Some people attribute storms and floods in the UK to divine judgement for same-sex marriage. Some people attribute an earthquake in Haiti to an alleged pact with the Devil.

I’m a little more circumspect, but I chuckle at the fact that St Matthew’s-in-the-city, that notorious peddler of crap billboards and liberal theology (and yes, liberal theology is crap) now has its building under threat by crap from the heavens.

I guess God is giving a little something back.

Thus saith the LORD

Glenn Peoples

PS, again, liberal theology is crap, as are St Matthew-in-the-city’s attention-seeking billboards. If you find that mean, it is probably not a sound investment spending any time telling me so. Also, yes I agree it is a shame that such a nice building is being damaged.

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