Vale Jack Spong

Vale Jack Spong

Progressive Episcopalian Bishop John Shelby Spong passed away recently at the grand age of 90. Exactly 20 years ago SOFiA (then Sea of Faith in Australia) became aware that Spong was visiting Australia on a tour to promote his autobiography Here I Stand, but there...
It’s complicated

It’s complicated

By Greg Spearritt Many of us were shocked recently to learn of the vengeful and indiscriminate murders of Indigenous people that Tom Wills, ‘father of the AFL’, committed in the wake of the Cullen-la-Ringo massacre in 1861 in which his father and other Europeans died...
On risk and probability

On risk and probability

By Rodney Eivers ‘A Visit to Bunnings – Aborted’ My wife and I sat down for our daily afternoon tea ritual. “Did you go to Bunnings as you said at lunch time that you would?” “No,” I replied. “I changed my mind. On balance I thought the risk was better avoided.” I...
This talk of God

This talk of God

By Greg Spearritt The G word is a frustrating one. It’s thrown around, even by people who should know better, as though its meaning is clear. Demonstrably, it is not. Our ideas of God are obviously cultural constructions. Many, perhaps most, people on the planet have...
A crusade on terror?

A crusade on terror?

By Greg Spearritt With the caveat that there may be subtleties lurking in a recent issue of which I may be unaware, I’m inclined to think that a reasonably unequivocal view in this particular case seems justified. Going into a military campaign in Afghanistan with a...