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TED and religion

NB: I’ve updated our link lists. Check out some of the people we know, stuff that interests us, or just fool around with cultural artefacts in the Pop! Culture Corner. WordPress.com today announced its new blog feature for embedding videos from TED.  If you haven’t heard of TED before, it’s […]

Crisis of faith

If you call yourself a Christian, stop for a moment and consider something. How important do you believe your faith is? I’m guessing it’s a pretty big deal. It’s your response to God, right? You probably cherish it, that responsibility or choice of yours. Of course that brings tensions: what […]

Belief as a ‘work’

A common refrain that I hear from friends and family is, “I’m a Christian. I don’t read the Bible / go to church / pray OR I get drunk / swear / sleep around. But I believe.” And they’re right, aren’t they? The important thing is belief, right? Like Paul […]

You: An Introduction (Book Review)

You: An Introduction is by Aussie theologian Michael Jensen. It’s like Nooma in a book. The idea is that, in our hyperlinked, high-octane world, there are new tensions in the questions we have about human identity. Michael seeks to sketch out the Bible’s perspective on these modern dilemmas.

Contact, pt 4: The search for meaning

The X-Files told us that The Truth Is Out There. The search for meaning is one of humanity’s defining features. As far back as we can trace, human societies have in this sense been essentially religious. Prehistoric burials and ancestor worship indicate our grappling with life and death from the […]

Contact, pt 3: Which god?

One of the main themes that Contact deals with is religion. Through the extremist preacher Joseph (right), the film shows that religion can be a very destructive force. Yet we also see a benign expression of religion that is knowledgeable and sophisticated. Palmer Joss (Matthew McConaughey, below) is Contact‘s poster-boy for […]