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Parliament of the World’s Religions and Indigenous Reconciliation

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One of the key themes of the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions was Indigenous reconciliation. In the Parliament’s own words, this involves ‘the opportunity to continue with the reconciliation process that the Australian government began by apologizing to Indigenous people for the wrongs committed against them. Using this Australian context, the Parliament will provide […]

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Parliament of the World’s Religions

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This evening sees the opening of the week-long Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne. On Sunday I’ll be giving the following presentation there: Both Remedy and Poison: Religious Men and the Future of Peace In one of Plato’s dialogues between Phaedrus and Socrates, we are faced with the paradox of the “pharmakon.” The pharmakon […]

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Australian Association for the Study of Religions

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Today sees the start of the 2009 Australian Association for the Study of Religions conference at The University of Melbourne, during which I’ll be presenting the following paper: Evangelical and Catholic Masculinities in Two Fatherhood Ministries In men’s ministries it is possible to distinguish between evangelical and Catholic masculinities: the former being more traditional, the […]

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Religious Communication Conference

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This morning I’m off to the Religious Communication Conference at Monash University, where tomorrow I’ll present the following paper: Homespun and Studio-made: Aesthetic Differences in the Websites of Catholic and Evangelical Men’s Ministries Across the Western world church attendees are approximately two-thirds women. There are significant debates as to why this is, ranging from women […]

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2012: Let the Mayhem Begin

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A little while ago I highlighted the Institute for Human Continuity hoax advert for the new 2012 movie, and how it had the potential to spook people. Well, apparently it did. The Guardian reports of NASA being inundated with calls and letters seeking information about the impending eschaton, ‘”I think people are really, really worried […]

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International Men’s Day

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November 19 is International Men’s Day, which has the following objectives: Celebrate manhood and the wonderful positive and valuable contributions our men, young men, and boys make to our communities and to our societies Promote and Support gender equality, encouraging men to address responsibly and positively the challenges facing them in society Demonstrate strength of […]

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The Spirit of Things

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This week I was a guest on The Spirit of Things, which can now be downloaded. If you’re used to listening to this show, you might find it a bit scrappier than usual: maybe something to do with the subject matter. The highlight is probably some interesting points between Steve Salerno and me about the […]

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Dallas Men’s Event

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This flyer from Christian Men’s Network this morning, promoting a “new wave of men’s movement”. The usual stuff: authentic manhood, manhood and Christlikeness are synonymous. But what strikes me about this is that it has a rather Soviet look to it: that guy on the left with the tie could almost be Lenin.