Out of Body, Out of Mind

  In 1975, long before the age of social media, an experiment was conducted at Stanford University. The experiment first provided a false impression regarding a person’s ability to distinguish real suicide notes from fake ones, and the candidates were subsequently presented in the face of the facts. The experiment found that, even when presented [Read More…]

Tracey Rowland on Zombie Jesus

The John Paul II Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Tracey Rowland, recently launched my little book Redeeming Flesh: The Way of the Cross with Zombie Jesus at a launch event at the University in May. While many might be sick to death of hearing me incessantly speak about the book, I [Read More…]

Mariology at the Beginning of the Third Millenium

A few years ago, I posted on the possibility of giving an epistemological twist on the idea of Mary as the icon of discipleship. There I hinted that part of her iconography is demonstrated in her life as a way of knowing, particularly as the Church’s journey to the eschaton enters a postmodern phase. Over the [Read More…]

Only One A**hole in the Body of Christ, Please!

From a reader: There seems to be a fine line and a big difference between being orthodox and being a dick. Some of the nicest people I have come across in a parish are taken up in the kumbaya industrial complex, while some of the most orthodox people I have known have made it a [Read More…]

Insurance, Holiness and Hair

  The centrefold of a 2011 edition of Sydney’s short-lived tabloid, mX, featured a report concerning the vast sums with which an assortment of celebrities insured their various body parts. Some statistics included Mariah Carey insuring her legs for US $1billion as an accompaniment to an ad campaign by the razor manufacturing corporation, Gillette. Another [Read More…]

Reflections of a Saint of Nagasaki

Who is Servant of God Takashi Nagai? [Read more…]

Reminder of Launch of “Redeeming Flesh: The Way of the Cross with Zombie Jesus”

Readers in Sydney would probably have received notice of the launch for my little book Redeeming Flesh: The Way of the Cross with Zombie Jesus (Cascade Books 2016), organised by the Centre for the Study of Western Tradition at Campion College Australia in partnership with the School of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame [Read More…]

God and Cigarettes

Five years ago, in an attempt to reduce smoking and its associated health costs, the Australian government mandated that all tobacco products be sold in uniformly plain green packaging, with the most prominent aspect of the packaging being a series of graphic health warnings. In debates leading up to the introduction of plain packaging, one [Read More…]

Podcast: “A Theology of Pop Culture” with PEACEcast

  PEACEcast, a podcast spinoff of PEACEtalks (which is in turn a seminar series hosted by St George Anglican Church in Sydney), kindly invited me to be the latest installment of its podcast series. Their podcast, “A Theology of Pop Culture“, featured your humble servant together with Dr. Joel Harrison, Lecturer in Constitutional Law at Macquarie University. [Read More…]

Launch of “Redeeming Flesh”

  We are pleased to announce that Redeeming Flesh: The Way of the Cross with Zombie Jesus (Australian buyers can get copies here) will be launched on 23 May. After many unconfirmed sightings in the margins of newspapers, blogs and podcasts, we thought it is probably time for the apocalypse to be finally upon us. The launch will [Read More…]