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A grand interlocking network?

A few weeks ago, in a moment of some haste, I sold all my bookshelves. Sleek, shiny, and black, they were from Ikea and had, given their age,…

Consensus politics in Canada: Reading Justin Trudeau

We’re now well into October, 2017, and Jagmeet Singh has been elected as leader of the New Democratic Party. He is the first person of a visible minority…

Diary: August 31, 2017

July and August were monotonous months. It was wintertime in Canberra, which, particularly in the evening, meant wearing “singlets” under sweaters under blankets. It was cold outside, it…

Seeing “Fargo Season Two”

Albert Camus may not be a character in the second season of “Fargo,” but Noreen Vanderslice (Emily Haine) is repeatedly shown reading her way through one of his…

“Taking the Bible as it is”

Recently I heard a phrase about the Bible, said almost in passing, that sounds eminently reasonable stated on its own. To understand the Bible we have “to take…

Seeing the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize of Australia

Several weeks ago I hopped on my bike and pedalled my way across the bridge over Lake Burley Griffin to the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. It was…

“No religion”

According to the most recent census information, released this past week, nearly 30% of Australians have “no religion.” Understandably, that statistic was front and centre in much of…

“A whip out of chords”

So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and…

Diary: June 30, 2017

Four photographs from the past two weeks.        

Diary: Holy Week, 2017

This Holy Week past I read the Gospel of John on the assumption that there is something to be gained by doing so in the form we currently…

“Commit sociology!” (or, ignore Stephen Harper)

During his tenure in office as the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper repeatedly suggested that sociology does not explain violence or crime. When an alleged plot against…

Diary: June 15, 2017

From suburbia to the nearby countryside, we took a little adventure. And that was thanks to Candace’s co-worker Joanne. Her ageing, resilient minivan took us to three notable…

Disregard or despair?

In typical fashion, Nietzsche unleashed the hammer of his polemic on the stand-in figure of George Eliot: in getting rid of God Eliot had nonetheless clung to Christian…

Seeing “The Case for Christ”

All together there were five of us sitting comfortably in the dark. Truth be told, I was a little surprised I wasn’t the only one there. This movie…

Diary: May, 2017

WEEK 8 – May 1, 2017. You’re supposed to see the main attractions. That’s what you do when you travel to a new city. In the past two…

Diary: April, 2017

WEEK FOUR – 3 April, 2017. Some thoughts on two novels by Australians, read since I’ve arrived in Canberra: Richard Flanagan’s Man-Booker prize-winning The Narrow Road to the…

Diary: March, 2017

WEEK ONE – 13 March, 2017. In total the trip from Montreal took more than 30 hours. It was supposed to take 24, or thereabouts. The last leg…

Philip Yancey’s America

When asked about evangelical support for Donald Trump in a recent interview, prominent evangelical writer Philip Yancey replies with astonishment. How, he wonders, could Trump be an evangelical…

Diary: Smart Alec

One of the rejoinders I can remember my father giving me as a child was telling me not to be a “Smart Alec.” Evidently I liked to talk…

Neoliberal Jesus: Reading James Crossley

Is all history political? In at least one sense, yes. If we take this statement to mean that all history-writing is political, then it is so because historians…