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Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

I tend to not like religious movies – I find they are often purile, badly acted, with unbelievable scripts, weak conversations, and poor-quality special effects. Give me a deep-thinking movie, instead, any day. There’s more theology, spirituality, and religion in many “secular” movies than most of the overtly “religious” ones. The movie, Mary Magdalene, is… Continue Reading

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Whence the Bible’s Authority?

Whence the Bible’s Authority?

Yesterday’s Gospel reading, read right throughout the world, had Jesus say: “You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39-40). I think this is a text that describes a… Continue Reading

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Christchurch Diocese Strong Support for Way to Allow Blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples

Christchurch Diocese Strong Support for Way to Allow Blessing Committed Same-Sex Couples

I remind especially new commenters here that the culture of this site is light over heat – no anonymous comments (unless in exceptional cases where your normal name would make you vulnerable); no ad-hominem comments. Remember, there are real people we are talking about, and real people reading what we write here. On Saturday (3… Continue Reading

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So Long Sola and Solo Scriptura

So Long Sola and Solo Scriptura

The above picture has been doing the internet rounds as a way to somehow attempt to save those who follow sola-scriptura (the “Bible alone”) from its inherent tendency to individualism and, concomitantly, incessant fragmentation. Serious analysis of the rate of sola-scriptura fragmentation shows the rapid approach of the time when the rate of fragmentation of… Continue Reading

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Ethics 101

Ethics 101

There are a number of ethical debates before our New Zealand parliament this term: abortion, euthanasia, medical marijuana,… There are a lot of polls, plenty of articles (in newspapers, magazines, and online), news reports, and social media posts… “I feel” (or “I think” which is essentially “I feel” without being as honest that it’s a… Continue Reading

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Right to Die? NZ and Euthanasia

Right to Die? NZ and Euthanasia

The New Zealand Parliament has twice voted against a bill to allow for legal euthanasia (1995 – vote 61-29; and 2003 – vote 58-59). On Wednesday, a new bill passed its first reading (76 to 44). What agility do we have in discussing ethics? Leaving Roman Catholic clergy formation to one side for the moment,… Continue Reading

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Location Location Location

Location Location Location

Jesus, we presume, spoke mostly in Aramaic. The original context of his stories and sayings was with Middle Eastern peasants. That was the original location. After his death, these stories and sayings of his were told and retold in new locations – Greek-speaking communities around the Mediterranean and eastwards into Asia. A new context. Often… Continue Reading

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