Category Archives: Religion

Another detour: What is Shia Islam?

Before we progress deeper along the Iranian tourist trail, it’s is a good time to clarify the dominant (95%) Muslim sect in Iran, Shi’ism. To the outsider, the differences between Sunni and Shia Islam appear slight, even trivial. Both apply the confessional … Continue reading

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Obama’s coddling of faith

Jerry Coyne calls out Barak Obama. The symbolism of visiting a mosque is important, but the language gets it wrong. A serious flaw in politico-think that I have written about in the Australian context before. Source: Obama’s coddling of faith

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On godlessness and ISIS

On November 23, Prime Minister Turnbull gave a speech in parliament on the atrocities committed in Paris. In it, he described ISIS as  “godless murderers … who defame and blasphemed Islam itself”. I have written to PM Turnbull in response: … Continue reading

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Countering Christian Apologists. Important work.

Originally posted on Κέλσος:
I have focused heavily on reading Greek authors and doing academic work over the past couple weeks, which has freed up time this Friday to address some recent activity in Christian apologetics circles. Recently, Christian apologist David…

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Daesh to the finish line

One aspect of the whole ISIS/ISIL/Daesh phenomena that confounds many of us is how it can possibly attract some of our Muslim youth with its bloodthirsty credo and actions. The explanations of our politicians, with their careful eye on the … Continue reading

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Dating Early Christian Writings

I’ve been very silent these past few months, getting assignments out and the like. I will start uploading new posts very soon. In the meantime, here’s a link to a very good and accessible post on the Westar Institute’s site: … Continue reading

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No Zen puns: An introduction to Zen Buddhism

““What is the sound of one hand clapping?” This short question,’or koan, sums up much of the philosophy of Zen Buddhism. What is the educated, twenty-first century man or woman to make of this seemingly irrational nonsense? Many claim that … Continue reading

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