Sadly, Australia Day has become an increasingly polarising topic in our society, with strong opinions in two opposing camps, and (like with so much of discourse nowadays) seemingly very little middle ground. In the one camp, the very notion of ‘Australia Day’ on January 26 (the day the First Fleet arrived in 1788) is seen… Continue reading Australia Day: A Time Both To Mourn And To Celebrate
A few months ago Jim Carrey had this bizarre interview where he explains his firm belief that Jim Carrey does not exist. It sounds weird, and from a funny guy like Jim Carrey you’d think he was making some joke, but he’s completely serious. He believes that no one exists, and the idea of ‘self’… Continue reading Jim Carrey And The Search For What Satisfies
Transgender issues have increasingly become part of our cultural conversation. And they’re not about to disappear. This means Christians need to work hard at engaging thoughtfully and lovingly on this topic – but that’s easier said than done. Many Christians have fallen into two opposite errors.
The church has often done a very bad job of understanding and responding to transgender issues – and the consequences have been disastrous. This matters because we’re not just talking about issues, we’re talking about people. By failing to respond to transgender issues with truth and grace, we have caused great harm and damage in people’s… Continue reading Christians Need To Understand Gender Dysphoria Better
“Hey Christian, don’t be on the wrong side of history.” It’s a common warning nowadays, especially around topics like same-sex marriage and transgender issues. Don’t get stuck in the past! Stop holding on to your archaic views on marriage and gender. Get with the times, history is progressing, and you don’t want to get left… Continue reading Hey Christian, Don’t Be On The Wrong Side Of History
We live in the age of Netflix. We have unprecedented access to media on demand, not just in our living rooms but in our pockets as well.
In recent debates about freedom of speech and censorship, it is often claimed that “freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences.” You can say what you want, it is argued, but that doesn’t protect you from facing the consequences of your actions.
What right does a person in one culture have to tell someone else that their cultural practices are ‘wrong’? In our modern Western society, anyone who tries to do so would surely be shouted down as arrogant and ethnocentric.
I believe climate change is real. Those who argue for the reality of climate change often – and rightly – appeal to the vast body of scientific evidence that shows human activity is at the very least a hugely significant causative factor in climate change.
I am a white upper middle class tertiary-educated able-bodied married Christian heterosexual man living in one of the wealthiest, highest HDI-rated countries in the world. That puts me in about every category possible for having ‘privilege’.