On (Not) Studying Th...

As mentioned last time, I’ve been reflecting lately on to what extent can what I am studying for my PhD still regarded as ‘theology’ apart from being in a theology department and having theology on my degree title. After all, people would call the authors and material I mostly read...

A Detour on Dogmatic...

In the midst of writing funding applications and working out an outline for my PhD which is supposedly in ‘theology’, I have hit a bit of an academic existential crisis as I try to reflect on what is it that I am actual doing with my (academic) life. Among the many ‘existential’...

The Religion of the ...

“Big cosmology has become our secular religion, a church even atheists can join.” – Jeffrey Kluger, Time Magazine I cannot stop thinking about Interstellar. In the interest of full-disclosure, my husband and I named our son Nolan (after the film’s director, Christopher Nolan),...

Stephen Fry among philosophers Apr01

Stephen Fry among ph...

[Or maybe I should title this ‘Stephen Fry among the philosophers I’ve been reading lately (pardon all the name-dropping)’.]   I’d like to share some observations on (not arguments against) a recent video, which has received a few shares on my Facebook feed and positive reviews in...

Some (incoherent) th...

I don’t know about the US, but the following video of Jeremy Paxman interviewing comedian Russell Brand has been pretty viral in the UK and indeed over my Facebook news feed. (If you’re like me and can’t bear Mr. Brand’s attitude and mannerism, or if youtube is being...

The Priority of Democracy? Sep17

The Priority of Demo...

The neo-pragmatist philosopher Richard Rorty argues for a “priority of democracy” to philosophy and religion, that democracy should not and does not require a philosophical or theological anthropology as a preface to politics. To quote Rorty: we heirs of the Enlightenment think of enemies...

What is the Basis of Authority? Part 1 Jun25

What is the Basis of...

Since the twentieth century, no topic has shaped the philosophical conversations more than the question of authority. It is not that the topic wasn’t brought up previously, certainly the Reformation and the Revolutions in America and France centered on the topic, but the fervor with...

Obstinacy and Discou...

Aristotle wrote, “it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” When I think about this quote I imagine a soldier in war, walking through enemy territory naively smelling the flowers. Ideas are dangerous things and to entertain and constantly...

How René Descartes S...

Part of the postmodern (or post-postmodern if you’re so inclined) predicament is the amount of time we have to be neurotic and even narcissistic. I firmly believe that if I were not living in a society where I have ample time to let my thoughts wander, if I were so focused on the tasks...

Same sex marriage: the argument from inevitability Mar27

Same sex marriage: t...

Alex Lundry, Mitt Romney’s data analyst, recently reported that over 60% of evangelical youth support the legalization of same sex marriage (SSM). This number is in stark contrast to the responses of older evangelical Christians to poll on the issue. Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen cited...

Objections to the Trinity Mar22

Objections to the Tr...

Here in Sydney I’m currently co-teaching a seminary class on the doctrine of the Trinity. We’ve spent the first few weeks of the course reading and discussing some sermons by Gregory of Nazianzus. The next section will focus on parts of Augustine’s De Trinitate. In the...