On transparency

On transparency

By Greg Spearritt Religious groups have long recognised the need to ‘keep the bastards honest’. Individual bastards, that is. The Catholics, for example, have the sacrament of Confession which aims for full disclosure of one’s sins. If you were in Queensland in the...
Obedience is no virtue

Obedience is no virtue

By Greg Spearritt Trust and obey, For there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey. God’s favour and joy – according to verse 4 of this execrable hymn – “are for them who will trust and obey”. The obedient have also been rewarded, as we now know,...
One bus journey, two events

One bus journey, two events

By John Carr Throughout the pandemic restrictions, I have continued to travel to the Brisbane CBD by public transport for various, quite legitimate reasons. Whether by train or bus, on all those journeys I have never had to share a seat with another passenger. Until...
Fairness without complexity

Fairness without complexity

John Carr considers a COVID conundrum. During the COVID pandemic, the main dispute in determining national policies has been over the relative importance of Health and the Economy. These were often presented in the media as polar alternatives. Rational debate on this...
Getting out of bed

Getting out of bed

By Greg Spearritt It’s hard to pin down how many Australians identify as atheist, but surveys have suggested that around a quarter of us consider ourselves atheist or agnostic. For what it’s worth, some 30% in the 2016 Census nominated ‘no religion’. Whatever the...