A Brilliant Cultural Analysis based on Classical Music

This arti­cle, although focused on clas­si­cal music, at its core is a bril­liant expo­si­tion and exe­ge­sis of the cur­rent state of affairs in our soci­ety. From the tran­sience of expe­ri­ence and ram­pant indi­vid­u­al­ism, through to a con­stant­ly thwart­ed search for Australian iden­ti­ty, the obser­va­tions in the mid­dle sec­tion are rich…

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UPDATE: See end of blog post. At times find­ing quotes and ref­er­ences in stu­dent essays, and even in aca­d­e­m­ic works, can be a bit like the old gameshow Catchphrase. Although on the whole quo­ta­tions should be clear­ly ref­er­enced, and there­fore rel­a­tive­ly eas­i­ly found, there are occa­sion­al­ly those which send you…

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Book Review: Understanding Gender Dysphoria — Mark Yarhouse

Understanding Gender Dysphoria Mark Yarhouse; 2015. | IVP Academic | 191 pages 978–0–8308–2859–3 Gender dys­pho­ria (GD) and trans­gen­der issues are cur­rent­ly a hot top­ic in the media and every­day dis­course, thanks in no small part to the top­ic being thrust into the lime­light by celebri­ty events. However, the cur­rent media…

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Personal Stories and Narrative Identity

Identity is a hot top­ic in our soci­ety, with reg­u­lar arti­cles on ‘How to find your iden­ti­ty’ and what iden­ti­ty means in a shift­ing cul­ture. Advocates on all sides of the cul­ture, gen­der and sex­u­al­i­ty wars also appeal to iden­ti­ty as a core ide­al worth defend­ing. However, from the broad usage…

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Book Review: ‘Jonathan Edwards and the Church’ by Rhys Bezzant

Jonathan Edwards and the Church Rhys S. Bezzant; 2014. | OUP USA | 328 pages 978–0–19–989030–9   Although Jonathan Edwards wrote and preached on an exceed­ing­ly wide vari­ety of the­o­log­i­cal sub­jects, many schol­ars declare that he did not have any inde­pen­dent eccle­si­ol­o­gy. Rather that his eccle­si­o­log­i­cal impuls­es were dri­ven by…

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Book Review: Esther and Her Elusive God

One of the many joys of hav­ing chil­dren is get­ting to expe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent aspects of your child­hood all over again, albeit in a dif­fer­ent form. I have allud­ed to some of these via the var­i­ous rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of children’s sto­ries and nurs­ery rhymes on this blog. However, giv­en my cur­rent train­ing…

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