From the Vault: the Divine Wedgie Podcast Series

If you have been following the evolution of the Divine Wedgie over time, first up, a big thank you. More seasoned readers would remember that, for a time, I ran a podcast series in tandem with the blog. That series was in partnership with the Australian Catholic online radio station Cradio.  While new work commitments have prevented me from continuing the podcast series, I still read up on folks on social media who have dipped into them and even written about them…. Read more

After Resurrection, the Holes…

I remember a line used by my catechism teachers when I was a kid that made reference to the holes made in Jesus’ hands and side. My teachers told me that this was used to prove to his disciples that it really was him after the resurrection, or more specifically, prove that the Lord really did die. My teachers were onto something…that there was something really important about the resurrected Christ bearing, even in his ascended form, the scars of… Read more

So You Think You Understand Mary?

  In the Roman Catholic Church, there are two Marian dogmas, the celebration of which are given the status of a solemnity. The first is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the dogma declared by Pope Pius IX in the 1854 papal Bull entitled Ineffabilis Deus (“Ineffable God”). The second was the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, which was defined by Pope Pius XII in a 1950 apostolic constitution entitled Munificentissimus Deus (“The Most Bountiful God”). The elevation of these teachings on Mary to the status… Read more

Towards a Kenotic Identity Politics: Migration, Transformation & the Eucharist

I recently had the pleasure of being part of a symposium on Religion and the Humanitarian Challenge, organised round the arrival of my former doctoral classmate Assoc. Prof Erin Wilson, director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. The paper looked at the link between identity politics and the provision of humanitarian aid. More specifically it looked at the recent phenomenon where identity was deployed as a barrier to aid, and critiqued this thread… Read more

Singing Psalms With Angels and Demons

There comes a point for those who do the Office of Readings where one has to read Psalm 135 (136). It is a long psalm, so long that the one psalm alone takes up all three readings of psalms in the Office of Readings. Furthermore, every second line in the psalm is a repetition of “for [God’s] love is everlasting”. When I first saw what was on the cards for the Office, my first reaction was to moan. “Not this… Read more

Fidelity in Difference

Conform. That is the catchcry of a lot of Christians of varying stripes nowadays. Fidelity to the tradition is now often framed – and even more often, obnoxiously – in terms of a conformity to a supposed universal standard of fidelity, usually framed in terms of outward observance in worship, or accepting certain positions that are deemed indispensable to the observance of the tradition. It is a trend that is accentuated by two things in bourgeois culture. The first is… Read more

Today, When Eternity Began…

At a recent retreat, someone said that eternity begins at your baptism. He also said that, in spite of this, many Christians live life as though they are in a waiting room, counting the empty units of time one by one, hoping for eternity to suddenly eternity interrupt the flow. In the mental image we have, this interruption will register as a major life event, before disappearing under the relentless flow of the mundane present. Such a conception of eternity… Read more

God and the Pink Elephant

At a seminar on zombies (yes, I am still on the promotional path for the Redeeming Flesh) at the University of Queensland, I made a mention of Catherine Pickstock’s analysis of the metaphysics of “necrophilia”. Immortality, Pickstock said in her After Writing, was the result of sequestering death from a sterile zone of “life”. With this sequestering came also a constant vigilance against the signs of ageing, such that a whole culture became an enlarged jar of skin cream. Extrapolating from this point,… Read more

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 with the correct factual evidence, the candidates stuck with their conviction their initial impressions overrode the veracity of the facts. This phenomenon, known as “confirmation… 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 thought it might be a nice change of pace to hear someone else speak of it (Artur Rosman of Cosmos in the Lost has mentioned… Read more

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