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September 27, 2018

The mixed image of China

China bulks large in the world. Daily we are reminded of her economic might, rivalling that of the United States. Also our media conveys the suggestion of a vague threat associated with China; not simply the formidable competition of its economi...

August 30, 2018

Man discovers he has no head

One day a man named Douglas Harding stopped on a hike in the Himalayas and had a mystical experience. But maybe it wasn’t a mystical experience. Maybe it was more of a Zen moment. Harding suddenly realised that he had no head.

In one blazingl...

June 29, 2018

The civilisation of Ancient Egypt that gave us the Pyramids and Sphinx, also gave us the Hermetic wisdom teachings.

They are attributed to Hermes, who may have been a legendary sage or otherwise a personification of Thoth, the ibis-headed god of writing and wisdom. Key...

June 2, 2018

The old name for Iran was Persia. So, the Iranian faith traditions span the whole of Persian history.

The heritage is exceedingly rich. Some of the influences include the legacy of Zarathustra, of Mithras and Mani, of Shi’a Islam, of the Bab, Baha’u’llah and the Baha’i...

May 2, 2018

I am a follower of Jesus who extends a hand of friendship to pagans.

Official Christianity has acted inconsistently towards paganism in its various climes and cultures. Action has ranged from accommodation and reverential borrowing to downright persecution, as in the bu...

April 1, 2018

Pesach and Pascha are upon us - Jewish Passover and Christian Easter.

It is a good time to reflect on a few themes shared by both communities who, together, form the Judaeo-Christian tradition : a huge part of the Abrahamic family of faiths. Themes I want to reflect on...

March 5, 2018

We recently passed the 10 year mark for Kevin Rudd’s apology in the parliament, and the arguments continue about the state of relations between indigenous and other Australians, and about the best ways to uplift aborigines. Sounds paternalistic? Sure. Because the soone...

February 5, 2018

Is this, in the lyrics of the 60’s song, “the dawning of the Age of Aquarius”?

If there’s any truth to the claim, the dawning is still now, because the age in question extends for a few thousand years. Between us and Flower Power is not even the twinkling of an eye.

I of...

January 10, 2018

Today the debate against the polarisers continues as I differentiate myself from six groups of political ideologues.

I am on a plateau with battlelines drawn between opponents coming from east, west, north and south. There are also battlelines separating forces on the r...

January 6, 2018

Just because ICR's Vision Statement includes the sentence, 'Our vision is of a world where there is only "us" rather than "us versus them"', does not mean I've sailed quietly into polite waters, beyond the choppy seas of controversial debate. 

Truth be told, I am as cap...

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