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…

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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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Light-hearted medical funny

Just feel­ing the need to share some­thing light-heart­ed today. My apolo­gies to those of you who are not med­ical and there­fore don’t under­stand med­ical jokes. From Michelle Au at The Underwear Drawer:

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To the playground?

In chapel today, a stu­dent relat­ed this sto­ry, I found it real­ly chal­leng­ing. A Sunday school teacher says to the chil­dren: “Who do you fol­low?” They all reply with con­fi­dence: “Jesus!” Glad of their response, she pos­es a fol­low up ques­tion: “Where will you fol­low Him to?” One child puts…

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