Dare to think differently

“In this age, the mere example of nonconformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. Eccentricity has always abounded; and …

The significance of Jesus for faith and ethics

I've been re-reading Glen H. Stassen et al, Authentic Transformation: A New Vision of Christ and Culture (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996), a critical analysis of H. Richard Niebuhr's 1951 book, Christ and Culture, and came across this insight into the significance of the life and teachings of Jesus: In a beautiful climactic passage [writes Stassen, …

J.R.R. Tolkien on anarchism

"My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning the abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) — or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inaminate real of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights …

Catherine Deveny on ANZAC Day

This afternoon, between 3.01 pm and 5.16 pm, Catherine Deveny (@CatherineDeveny), a columnist for The Age newspaper in Melbourne, posted 14 interesting tweets about ANZAC Day.  One she deleted before I could save it. Here are the rest (warning: this post contains strong language): Don't support Anzac Day. Refuse to celebrate a glorification of war that ignores the suffering …

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