is ‘god’ the same ‘god’ as ‘god’?

You’ve heard it before: “Is God the same as Allah?” or “Is Allah the same as the God of the Bible?” You’ve also probably heard both simple ‘yes’ answers and possibly simpler ‘no’ answers.  My response would be to answer with a question: “Is ‘god’ the same ‘god’ as ‘god’? Words are incredibly slippery little… Continue reading is ‘god’ the same ‘god’ as ‘god’?

hegemony, homosexuality & homophobia

(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

a more free will

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

school, fashion and irony

My wife and I were purchasing shoes at Hannah’s today (don’t ask), and felt empathy for the mother-of-teenaged-daughter, whom we overheard saying, “It’s school, not a fashion show…” Among the many things no doubt blurring the distinction between the two would be Hannah’s latest catch phrase: “Life is your catwalk.”

gambling during a recession?

This morning, a Breakfast programme discussed the less-than-commendable notion of borrowing funds to invest during a recession… …and my wife just now walked in the door from a work-leaving do (for non-NZ readers, ‘do’ means ‘event’ or ‘party’), which involved walking through the Sky City building, and mentioned how surprised she was to see how… Continue reading gambling during a recession?

buses, religion and life

Prof. John Stackhouse’s post (here) on the recent “bus campaigns” is quite good and balanced I think. Apparently, the board of a Vancouver bus company has the following regulation on bus ads: “No advertisement will be accepted which promotes or opposes a specific theology or religious ethic, point of view, policy or action.”

american millionaire stimulus?

Recent US stimulus package = nearly a trillion US dollars. Compare that with a comment I randomly saw on this post: 10% of 10 million US millionaires’ funds = a trillion US dollars. American millionaires investing in the American economy?  A novel concept indeed. Full comment quote: 1 trillion is taking 10% of the net… Continue reading american millionaire stimulus?

stinking stimulus

Anyone who has a knee jerk (i.e. less than critical) reaction to political events in general and the recent U.S. stimulus package in particular, should shut up and think before ranting. That said, I just don’t like the thought (much less the passing) of the new stimulus package (and I’m not at all anti-Obama –… Continue reading stinking stimulus