Now, I cry for him all the time

Now, I cry for him all the time

Jacinda Ardern recently reiterated her commitment never to speak the name of Brenton Tarrant, the Christchurch terrorist, ‘He deserves a lifetime of complete and utter silence.’ I am not convinced by the NZ Prime Minister’s silence on this matter. However, the way the NZ justice system gave voice (and names) to victims who wished to

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Havel on hope

Havel on hope

The aftermath of Donald Trump’s recent encounter with Covid-19 is worrying. He exhorted people not to be afraid of the disease (he had the best treatment possible while he has denied the same to other Americans). More recently, he announced that his experience with Covid was a blessing from God. The rise of unchecked narcissism

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Which Jesus…

Which Jesus…

I am fascinated by scholarly accounts of the life of Jesus. Yesterday, a new one arrived in the post, ‘Jesus, Justice and the Reign of God’ by William Herzog. I have just completed the first chapter, and I’m hooked. For the last 300 years, biblical scholars have pursued what is known as ‘the quest for

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Trump and a crisis of faith

Trump and a crisis of faith

On the day of the U.S. election, I had lunch with a friend. He had an Ipad with him so we could monitor the incoming vote tally. Buoyed by the polls and the prediction of a ‘blue wave’, I was tentatively optimistic. However, as several states coded light blue turned light red, I became nervous.

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Am I to blame?

Am I to blame?

I have long been intrigued by the issue of how people make meaning out of suffering. Recently, I chanced upon two references that renewed my interest: ‘Holy Resilience’ an intriguing book by David Carr and an article by Elaine Pagels, a noted scholar of religion. Both are concerned with meaning-making; Carr from the perspective of

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Are we good or bad?

Are we good or bad?

Are humans fundamentally good or bad? That’s a large question philosophers, thinkers, and theologians have grappled with for more than two millennia. According to historian, Rutger Bregman, Western civilisation has been shaped by a negative view of humanity. Christianity’s doctrine of Original Sin has contributed significantly, along with...

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