I have been kindly invited by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America to write a feature contribution to an upcoming edition of Humanum Review. Humanum Review looks at an issue each year, around which book reviews and articles orbit. When I first came across the journal a few years ago, I read an excellent article reviewing the literature on the children of divorce. Their current issue looks at the topic… Read more

Readers might remember that, last year, I was invited to make a lenten video contribution in collaboration with Common Grace, an organisation that describes itself as a “movement of Christians passionate about Jesus and justice”. This year, Common Grace’s theme for the Lenten season focused on the Beatitudes as laid out in the Gospel of Matthew. I was invited to make a contribution to the passage “blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Mt 5:5). At the time… Read more

We live with regret all the time. It is an amoebic experience that reaches out to touch every corner of life. Many regrets – like that packet of snacks you buy on a whim, only to come home and find a dozen other packets of the same thing in your larder – concern the things banal and are easily forgotten. Others, however, can touch the core of who we are as persons – the job you left for another that… Read more

Lent is a time of penance, a time where self-aggrandisement has no place and where repentance should take centre stage. Because of that, I will not engage in any form of self promotion during this holy season. Instead, I will shamelessly promote myself before it all starts, and humbly suggest for your lenten reading Redeeming Flesh: the Way of the Cross with Zombie Jesus. Readers would probably be aware that I gave a Holy Week retreat to the seminarians of the Holy Spirit… Read more

The old cliche goes that the other most terrible thing in the world is getting what you desire. Many of us know the experience that Aristotle (via Martha Nussbaum’s reading of his Poetics) called the tragedy of “impeded action” (on this see Nussbaum’s 1992 essay “Tragedy and Self-sufficiency”). More specifically, we know that dreadful feeling of our desire slamming into the wall of limitations created by circumstances beyond our control. We feel that our worlds, or rather the delicate possible worlds… Read more

Happy New Year, everyone! I have only just returned from holidays and received notification from the webstation Cradio that a new podcast of my interview  on with the Sydney-based Culture Project Australia is now up. Late last year, I was invited to speak with Culture Project Australia’s”Culture Catchups” on season 2 of Netflix’s Stranger Things. Though initially intended to focus on the problem of evil, the discussion quickly shifted to a number of other topic areas, including psychoanalysis and the nature… Read more

Crises are useful gimmicks, whether it is economic meltdowns, climate change, immigration, cabinet reshuffles, sex scandals or wars. Political entrepreneurs will often make use of them or create them to try and force a surrender by the general populace of their right to communal discussion, reflection and critique. The degree to which many Christians seem willing to play along with the games of the political classes is concerning. Whatever the event, many Christians would treat such crises as times that… Read more

Nota Bene: Before reading on, please click here to read “Part I: the Metaphysics of Porn” This attitude of preferring the simulation of potentiality over the tactile heft of actuality has seeped into the world of things, and also the world of persons, where bodies are now caught up in the process of the abstracting power of the possible. In The Coming of the Body, the French essayist and consultant Herve Juvin spoke of the production of the endless variety of options that… Read more

Pornography is everywhere. By this, I do not simply mean that we are awash with images of sexualisation of men, women, and now even children, although there is ample evidence of this too. By this I mean that, even when such images are not pressing up against our retinas, we still find ourselves steeped in the logic of pornography, moving in what the Germans call the “lifeworld” that fuels the consumption of pornography. Simon Smith, in a September 2017 article, spoke… Read more

Common Grace, an organisation that describes itself as a “movement of Christians passionate about Jesus and justice”, have kindly invited me to be part of their upcoming series of videos organised round the Beatitudes as laid out in the Gospel of Matthew. In this context, I have been invited to speak on the Beatitude that in jokes are mostly associated to my place in the universe…the geek. Though the biblical text reads: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the… Read more

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