This year, Resurrection Day falls on April “Fools Day”. How fitting… Only a fool would believe in something like Resurrection, right? Well… yes. One of the more unpopular and counter-cultural aspects of Christian faith is its ‘foolishness’. The Lord of all existence, meaning and being chooses not to select the best, the smartest, the most… Continue reading foolishness
Posting this here as it probably is too detailed for my thesis. A member of Wanganui Central Baptist Church contributed the following memory of pumping the organ: “[W]ell do I remember keeping the bellows gauge up to ¾ mark for normal music. But it was coats and ties off and full pressure for the “Doxology”… Continue reading coats and ties off
(Leftovers from a great and long chat with a good man today.) Almost 100 years ago, Antonio Gramsci proposed the idea of “cultural hegemony” where a powerful idea or culture carries immense and controlling force. One key indicator that a hegemony is at work is when dissenting voices are kept silent out of fear. A conservative… Continue reading hegemony, homosexuality & homophobia
Physics, chemistry and biology (and culture) seem to set up a kind of bell curve of freedom over the course of any individual human life. The capacity for self-determination seems to emerge from invisibility, develop, climax, decline and disappear as we journey from zygote, foetus, infant, toddler, adult, mature adult, and finally at death. The… Continue reading a more free will
Study, work and life have been keeping me from blogging much, but I had a ‘free will’ thought to scribble down, so here goes. I just moved my finger back & forth from pointing straight up and straight ahead. This was caused at one level by the muscles in my fingers. Why did my muscles… Continue reading malleable will
“All we are is dust in the wind”, said Socrates. In reading about sin and human nature for my mini-thesis, I’ve dipped into the nature/nurture and determinism/free-will discussions. I tend to think that the biblical view of humans takes both sides of these conversations quite seriously. We are limited by our nature/genetics in what we… Continue reading dust in the wind?
I came across this “chain-text” that (equalling and perhaps even excelling similar kinds of texts) manages not only to be superstitious and anti-intellectual, but also uses guilt tactics: God is whispering your name, why? Because something good is about to happen to you. [umm… horoscope alert…] If u believe in God send to ten people without thinking.… Continue reading superstition, anti-intellectualism & guilt
A quick reflection and question as I dig into my Master’s mini-thesis which will use sociological methodology to discover how non-religious people think about ‘wrongdoing’ or ‘sin’, both in terms of what they believe about wrongdoing, and what they ‘hear’ when Christians talk about it. At any rate, one secular book I’m flipping through is… Continue reading religion-free ethics?
My last post got me thinking about other factors involved in who is ‘allowed’ to marry in different times and places in human history. One factor is age. I want to note here that a) what many Christians would say on this issue would reflect (perhaps as it should in this case?) the cultural attitudes… Continue reading of marriageable age
All is/ought distinctions and naturalistic fallacies aside, whilst monogamy does occur in some non-human species, apparently humans have a evolutionary and biological predisposition of sorts to polygamy. But is this really newsworthy? Even the most prudish of “just lay there and think of the queen” conservatives would admit off the record to the fact that being married… Continue reading just do it – a lot