Lessons from the SSM Debate

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.” A great slogan for an old movie that begs the question as to whether it is still safe to wade into debate on social issues. A week on from the survey result that has paved the way for gay marriage in Australia, we are already seeing a public attack on foundational social values such as the right to freedom of speech. Continue reading

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

How ironic that many advocating the rights of love, do so with very little love. Since any society should have the right to a say on such a foundational change as that proposed in today’s same-sex marriage plebiscite, let’s not pretend that two people’s love is no-one else’s business when that love also lays claim to the right to marry. (Even the hosting service of this website now imposes a rainbow banner.) What does love really require, though? Continue reading

What Research Says About The Value Of Christianity

A recent Weekend Australian article rightly observed that people underestimate the value of Christianity. Its further decline, said the article, will bring “a crippling loss of civic purpose.” With churches providing an enormous supply of volunteer labour and welfare support, Christianity consistently evidences social transformation reflective of its values. Although this is often masked by disproportionate attention to appalling clergy abuses, many also prejudicially reject Christianity as an anti-intellectual faith. Actual statistics, though, are telling. Continue reading

Why The ‘No’ Vote Matters

One of the most prominent issues in the Australian media this past few weeks has been that of gay marriage, due to the upcoming postal plebiscite on this issue. Those already ‘over it,’ thinking that it makes little difference to them personally, miss the concerning fact that rights concerning love or equality are not primarily in focus here. This plebiscite is fundamentally about what marriage is and what it is not. Continue reading

Why ‘The Case for Christ’ is a ‘Must See’

The Case for Christ is a movie currently screening in cinemas and based on a multi-million-selling book of the same name. It tells the story of a former journalist from a large Chicago daily newspaper, Lee Strobel, who attempts to apply his professional skills to discrediting the newfound faith of his wife. Instead, he discovers that the evidence he examines is compelling proof of the Biblical account of Jesus. The ending is about as inevitable as the sinking of the boat in Titanic, so why is this dubbed by some as the best Christian film ever made? Continue reading

How to Combat the PC Virus

The public bullying of those expressing personal views is increasingly troublesome. Last week, Australian tennis great, Margaret Court, was pilloried for sharing an opinion, despite attacking no-one. It seems that the honour of individuals is becoming dependent on behaving in a manner dictated by others. It has become clear that freedom of speech is only acceptable for those who give the right speech. This incident highlights the need to consider how we, too, might respond when similarly attacked by the whims of the political correctness brigade. Continue reading