I’ve said before that I want to be positive towards all human life. There are all sorts of ethical and scientific arguments to be made about when a foetus becomes a person, and much of the abortion debate has centred on this issue. We hear a great deal about the rights of the unborn versus women’s rights, and whether these are equal in significance. My sense is that where we are unsure about medical ethics, we ought to err on the side of caution. But none of these discussions take into account that our society is inhospitable to women, those who carry and bear children. I want to ask what it would look like if we were hospitable towards all human life. Read more
Posts tagged ‘sin’
He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me!
This classic hymn is all about the problem of sin, and its solution, the great Saviour Jesus. It’s a real celebration song, and when Charles Wesley first penned the words, he was excited enough to write 18 verses! The sin it refers to is tangible, obvious, and strongly felt, and there are verses for sex workers and even murderers. But these are new people, looking at past evils washed away with grace and joy. Read more
In our language classes, we have been discussing reverse racism: while Tanzanians readily view their country people with suspicion, we wageni are given the benefit of the doubt. That’s not to say there aren’t negative stereotypes of foreigners: we’re rich, unused to hard work, impatient, and not well dressed. But while Tanzanians present corruption in their country as a fact, it comes as a surprise when we give examples from Australia. Read more
The 2012 Global Atheist Convention is coming up in about a fortnight here in Melbourne. It’s got me thinking about apologetics. Here’s my assertion: ‘truth’ is not the same as apologetics. It’s an old saying that there’s nothing apologetic about apologetics: it’s confidently defending Christianity. But I’m not so sure that ‘truth’ is always the best way to do that. This seemed particularly relevant to me recently as I considered the objection that the church has been responsible for so much injustice around the world and throughout history. No doubt you’ve heard this kind of line before – when our congregation was asked to come up with examples, we named more than 10 in about a minute. Read more
A component of the Missiology part of our intercultural studies is ‘Living Faiths’, where we look at current religions to gain a better understanding of them and how Christians can interact with people from these sorts of backgrounds.
We looked at animism and African Traditional Religions (ATR) this week. The whole worldview is incredibly different to a western worldview but one thing I found particularly fascinating was hearing about ATR creation myths. The contrast with the biblical creation myth was especially intriguing. Read more