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A review of Heresy. By Alister McGrath

Feb 6, 2010

HarperOne, 2009. (Available in Australia at Koorong Books)

The subject of this book seems rather strange today. That is because the concept of heresy only makes sense if we accept the concept of orthodoxy, or more broadly, the concept of

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2012 and the End of the World

Nov 17, 2009

If you knew the world was going to end in one week, would you do anything different? I recently posted a question quite similar to that on a social networking website. I received only two responses: one person said ‘yes’

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Abortion and the Nazi Doctors

Oct 12, 2009

I was stunned to open today’s newspaper and read an incredible letter to the editor, not only defending abortion, but making a case which the Nazi doctors would have been proud of. A Melbourne doctor castigated a fellow paediatrician for

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Reflections on the Revolution in France

Jul 15, 2009

OK, now that I have shamelessly pinched the title of Edmund Burke’s famous 1790 book, let me continue. Bastille Day, the French national holiday, was observed for the 220th time just recently in France. What happened on July 14, 1789

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On Celebrating Darwin

Feb 2, 2009

This year we have an important double anniversary of Charles Darwin: the 200th anniversary of his birth, and the 150th anniversary of his classic work, The Origin of the Species. Already plenty of celebrations and commemorative events are under

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The Greatest Story Never Told

Dec 29, 2008

Another Christmas has come and gone, and for many people, at least in the West, there was not even the slightest connection made between the recent holiday and the birth of Jesus Christ. Food, family and festivities, along with a

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I’m Sorry (For What Somebody Else Did)

Dec 15, 2008

There are two related tendencies in the West which are as puzzling as they are troubling. One is the habit of claiming victim status. Ben Wattenberg once called this “The Victim Dictum”. It goes like this: “Every Problem Can Be

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Destroying the Foundations of the West

Dec 14, 2008

The Judeo-Christian worldview was essential for the rise of the West. Without it the world would be a radically different place today. Most of the features that we now enjoy about the West – such as freedom, democracy, limited government,

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Hollywood, Australia, and Historical Revisionism

Dec 13, 2008

That filmmakers take a bit of artistic license with their products is nothing new. It happens quite often. Indeed, films purporting to deal with historical events can often be radically skewed because of the filmmaker’s political and ideological stance.

Oliver

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The Case for Hiroshima

Sep 3, 2008

War sucks. But in a fallen world, war is often necessary for the preserving of both peace and justice. While some might argue that talk about the ethics of war is oxymoronic, over the millennia moral philosophers have sought to

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Bumper Sticker Beliefs

Mar 12, 2008

Here’s the scenario (which happens to be a true story): I’m stuck in some slow moving traffic, and the guy in front of me has a couple of bumper stickers on the back of his four-wheel drive. With time on

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A review of The Gods of War. By Meic Pearse.

Feb 15, 2008

IVP, 2007. (Available in Australia from Koorong Books)

It is quite common for today’s militant atheists to throw around reckless charges and wild accusations. Their thinking seems to be that if you make such claims often enough, people might start

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The Reformation of Morals

Oct 8, 2007

William Wilberforce is rightly remembered as the man who helped set the slaves free. The evangelical Christian and politician is especially honoured this year, since 200 years ago the British Parliament voted to abolish the slave trade. Wilberforce was the

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Europe and the Importance of Memory

Sep 4, 2007

One leading theme of postmodernism is what is known as the rejection of all metanarratives. PoMo argues that there are no grand stories, no overarching narratives that can give meaning and rootedness to our lives.

Instead we are cast adrift

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Amazing Grace

Jul 28, 2007

The film Amazing Grace, the story of Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery, has opened in cinemas across Australia. The film, despite some shortcomings, is well worth seeing. One of the chief drawbacks of the film is the decided

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The Bible, Slavery and Morality

Jul 25, 2007

One criticism often levelled against Christianity in particular and the Bible in general is that both have appeared to tolerate slavery. This objection is used to suggest that Biblical morality is no better than any other, and is offered as

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The Value of History

Jul 24, 2007

It was the Spanish philosopher Santayana who once remarked that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. He knew that we could be spared a lot of grief if we simply studied history more closely, and sought

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