Monthly Archives: October 2014

Morality concerns in ancient Egypt

In modern Western thought it is far too easy to slip into thinking that moral thinking originated with Jesus or at best the Ten Commandments. This post draws on the Declaration of Innocence in ‘The Judgement of the Dead’, from … Continue reading

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What were the ethnic origins of earliest Israel?

It is commonly believed that the establishment of ancient Israel is substantially as presented in the Bible – an invasion of the land of Canaan by Israelite slaves, descended from Jacob and led out of Egypt by Moses. In this … Continue reading

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Saudis trash Mecca

Fascinating interview here about the extent to which areas of great heritage significance around the Grand Mosque and Kaaba have been cleared to make way for hotels and shopping malls. The worst of it is a massive hotel complex plonked right … Continue reading

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The art of Jenny Sages and Maringka Baker

“The energetic renewal of traditional Aboriginal art, and the emergence of new, contemporary forms – especially rock painting imagery on bark and sand painting designs on canvas – stands in stark contrast to the complex crisis of painting in recent … Continue reading

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The Rise of Religious Fundamentalism in Australian Schools

It would be very easy to argue that ‘fundamentalism’ is the most contentious religious issue facing Australian society. Islamic fundamentalism appears daily in the newspapers and constantly occupies the minds of defence and other policymakers. But what makes someone a … Continue reading

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‘Salvation’ in Hinduism and Islam

The world’s major religions reveal significant diversity in their approaches to ‘salvation’. In this post, I will explore the knowledge path to moksha and compare it to salvation beliefs in Islam. Two more divergent views of the human condition would … Continue reading

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The Annointing of Jesus – How the Gospel writers develop a story

Where the four Gospels all narrate the same story, you can see the fault lines along their particular concerns and themes. The story of Jesus’ anointing features in all four gospels. Of the Synoptics, Matthew follows Mark (the original Gospel … Continue reading

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