18 common myths about essay writing

Myths about essay writing abound. Some are valid; many are false. Some are universal in application; others apply to specific disciplines or classes of students. Below, I list 18 myths with suggested grounds for their dismissal. Can you think of others? Is there something here that you don't consider to be a myth? Let me …

Should I use Google Scholar?

Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com.au/) is a simple free search engine that limits its searches to scholarly literature from academic publishers and research institutions. It excludes material from other corporations, non-scholarly organisations, and individuals. Google Scholar searches scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources--not only articles, theses, books, abstracts, and "grey literature," but also material from academic …

First steps: Letter to a young Christian

By John McCrindle Last month I shared the text of a pamphlet that my grandfather, John Cree McCrindle, wrote many years ago to commend and share his Christian faith with fellow workers in the coal mines in Ipswich, Queensland. That was one of two similar undated pamphlets I possess. In the other, in the form of a …

Constructing the theology of G. H. Morling

Summary of the argument of my PhD thesis (University of Divinity, Melbourne, 2022) The term “mystic” is seldom associated with the principals of Baptist theological colleges. Australian-born George Henry Morling (1891-1974) is an exception. Described in 1922 as “small and spare with the face of a mystic,” Morling taught at the Baptist Theological College of …

One coalminer to another

by John McCrindle This is the text of an undated pamphlet written by my maternal grandfather, John Cree McCrindle (1897-1982), probably around the time of his wife Lily's death in 1956, to commend and share his Christian faith with fellow workers in the coal mines in Ipswich, Queensland. Dear Comrades, For the past thirty-four years …

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