Culture

Charlie Hebdo, terrorism and identity

Some will prob­a­bly know that I have been inter­est­ed in issues of iden­ti­ty for­ma­tion, adop­tion and social iden­ti­ty for quite some time now. While this is not the time or place to engage in a long dis­cus­sion of the fac­tors of Tajfelian Social Identity Theory, I think that the issues we…

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Enclave Theology and Social Identity

Mike Bird has a brief piece over here on the preva­lence of Enclave Theology: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2014/10/enclave-theology/ which relates back to the pre­vi­ous post on how labels are used in schol­ar­ship. He quotes from George Hunsinger By ‘enclave’ the­ol­o­gy, I mean a the­ol­o­gy based nar­row­ly in a sin­gle tra­di­tion that seeks not…

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This arti­cle from PerthNow http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/bizarrre-man-assaults-woman-photographs-her/story-fnhocxo3-1226656772796 gives the cap­tion ‘Bizarre: A man gropes a wom­an’s thigh and then takes a pho­to­graph of her at a Perth shop­ping cen­tre.’ to their pho­to. Problem is that the man with the cam­era in the pho­to isn’t the grop­er, and nei­ther does he have any­thing to…

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Pope Francis a Universalist? Perhaps.…

In the midst of oth­er world­wide the­o­log­i­cal furores, and local stuff with hereti­cal bish­ops and the like, it seems that even Pope Francis is tak­ing his share of the lime­light. According to the Huff this week Pope Francis strong­ly implied a uni­ver­sal­ist posi­tion with his state­ment: “The Lord has redeemed…

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Being Thankful…

Today in chapel we had the priv­i­lege of hear­ing from Peter Brain, the recent­ly retired Archbishop of Armidale, speak­ing on the top­ic of thank­ful­ness. His brief mes­sage struck a chord with me, espe­cial­ly with the degree to which our soci­ety and cul­ture is some­what less than thank­ful for the things…

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Words with friends.… how do we use language?

This blog post is prob­a­bly one of the more the­o­log­i­cal­ly ori­ent­ed posts that will inter­sperse this blog, when I get a chance to think and write, and in this case it comes while im sit­ting on a plane between Melbourne and Singapore. It stems from a twit­ter dis­cus­sion that I…

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