Church and power

Church and power

From within the Anglican Church comes a new book exploring the nature of church in light of what some prominent philosophers, particularly Foucault, have to say about power. Author and theologian Steven Ogden is an Adelaide parish priest and research fellow at Charles...
Appy together?

Appy together?

By John Carr The current issue of New Scientist (25 April 2020) includes a number of pandemic-related articles. One with particular relevance to Australia is an up-to-date summary of the development of phone apps enabling contact-tracing, “The problems with...
Zooming with dignity and decorum

Zooming with dignity and decorum

‘The man seen in left profile’, aka John Carr, gifts us some Guidelines for Mature Gentlefolk in a Post-Genteel Age The sudden emergence of Zoom and similar group cyber platforms has revealed a certain amount of unseemly, not to say embarrassing, conduct by many...
Tantalising tales

Tantalising tales

The genre of miracle stories is one of the staples in many religious – and even secular – traditions. From the appearance of a prayed-for parking spot to water tanks mysteriously filling overnight (there are countless permutations) to synchronicity and ESP, the...
A just system?

A just system?

A typically level-headed analysis by Barney Zwartz in the SMH shows that the story isn’t over for Cardinal Pell, despite the recent overturning by Australia’s High Court of his conviction for child sexual abuse. Further civil cases involving Pell are possible. The...