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Novitiate

Novitiate

Quality movies about faith and religion are few and far between. Novitiate is exceptional. I might have missed it had it not been for a What to Watch article which lavishes praise on this film, a movie that not only bypassed cinemas, but also the film festival in New Zealand. Thought-provoking, rage-inducing and timely in… Continue Reading

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Hawking: There is no God or afterlife

Hawking: There is no God or afterlife

Complete with the journalists’ inability to write copy intelligible English (“…no one directors out fate…“), on Wednesday our newspapers had an article with the headline shouting, “Hawking: There is no God or afterlife”. Stephen Hawking’s book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, has hit the shelves. As someone with both a Science degree and a… Continue Reading

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Stephen Hawking Meets God

Stephen Hawking Meets God

There is plenty of debate whether Stephen Hawking believed in God or not. He used the word ‘God’ and spoke about explaining the universe as glimpsing ‘the mind of God’. But he didn’t use the word ‘God’ in the sense of a ‘guy in the sky’ – which is the way a lot of religious… Continue Reading

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Growing out of Faith

Growing out of Faith

I had an interesting conversation this week that reinforced my prejudice. My friend talked about looking at the work and textbooks for, say, Maths, Physics, or Biology for senior secondary school students. And then my friend looked at the level of religious, ethical, and philosophical discussion used for similar aged students – that was at… Continue Reading

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Gloriavale and a More Forgiving God?

Gloriavale and a More Forgiving God?

This is how Gloriavale could be saved. By religion and theology – not by authorities. https://t.co/8klqeP6Fse — Patrick Gower (@patrickgowernz) April 30, 2018 “Gloriavale Christian Community is a small evangelical Christian group based at Haupiri on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand. Its population is estimated to be 550–600…Those who leave… Continue Reading

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Evolution and Christians

Evolution and Christians

I often end up in conversations about evolution and Christianity. One person, recently, typified an intelligent response. “Yes,” this person said, “with difficulty – it is possible to reconcile the Biblical creation account with evolution.” The starting assumption is – there is a conflict. Those who are Christians and accept evolution either do not promote… Continue Reading

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