Can we be Consistently Pro-Life?

It’s frequently said we live in a fragmented culture, but are we ready to admit we have fragmented ethics even within many of our churches? Consider these life sized contradictions The anti-abortion crusader who attacks medical centres kills abortionists in the name of defending life. Or somewhat less extreme, anti-abortion voters who justify infant “collateral damage”Continue reading “Can we be Consistently Pro-Life?”

Philosophers argue killing newborns is morally justified

Australian philosophers have unleashed a firestorm of criticism over their claim that the killing newborns is morally the same as abortion and should be permissible if the mother wishes it. They claim this ”after-birth abortion” is moral as long as it is painless, because the baby is not harmed by missing out on a life it cannotContinue reading “Philosophers argue killing newborns is morally justified”

Pacifist Prophecies in the Old Testament (Part 3)

Another messianic prophecy with pacifist overtones: Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born,    to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the greatness of his government and peace     there will be noContinue reading “Pacifist Prophecies in the Old Testament (Part 3)”

Pacifist Prophecies in the Old Testament (Part 1)

Yesterday I mentioned that holy war “often featured in the Old Testament, but not always.” I also mentioned that apocalyptic pacifism “emphasizes the difference between old and new covenants as a movement towards climax.” Today I would like to demonstrate how pacifism was anticipated “in the last days” by the prophets of the Old Testament.Continue reading “Pacifist Prophecies in the Old Testament (Part 1)”

Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience

When ranking a book I look for three things. Was it thoughtful? Was it readable? Did it leave me different afterwards? Having just devoured “ReBorn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience” by Logan Mehl-Laituri, I’m giving it 5 stars. I just couldn’t put it down and even now I’mContinue reading “Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience”

Ahimsa, Christian style

It surprises me sometimes, that people are quite happy to listen to Buddhists speak of ahimsa, but get quite agitated when Christians speak of nonviolence. I’m not sure what it is, whether it’s the exotic unfamiliarity of Buddhism in contrast to the assumed familiarity of Christianity, or the fact that Buddhists are less numerous andContinue reading “Ahimsa, Christian style”

How can the West preach nonviolence to Muslims?

… if we’re not prepared to practice it ourselves? Earlier this week the AAANZ drew my attention to an article on “The Hypocrisy of Preaching Nonviolence to Palestinians.” The summary stated, “Nonviolence is not about figuring out how to make the other side – even when they are brutal oppressors – change their ways. It’sContinue reading “How can the West preach nonviolence to Muslims?”

AAANZ Sydney Event – What Would Happen if We Really Tried Nonviolence?

What Would Happen if We Really Tried Nonviolence? Would it be a disaster? Would it be faithful? Would it open us some new possibilities? If it’s a question that intrigues you, or possibly even concerns you, you may want to come along to this event: AAANZ Sydney Event: “What Would Happen if We Really TriedContinue reading “AAANZ Sydney Event – What Would Happen if We Really Tried Nonviolence?”

Home Invaders: I didn’t have to kill them

To call this week interesting doesn’t quite cut it. Monday we attended a family funeral. Wednesday night our home was invaded. While we slept the fly screen was slashed with a knife, the window was forced open and our phones, laptop, wallets and keys were stolen … along with the car they belonged too. I’mContinue reading “Home Invaders: I didn’t have to kill them”