“You are more than the things that others try to identify you by in this age of identity politics. You are more than your gender, your race, your ethnicity, your religion, your language group, your age.” These were the words of Australian PM Scott Morrison at a recent fundraising address. Speaking at the United Israel… Read More ScoMo on ‘Identity Politics’ and the State of the West
A review by Akos Balogh, the CEO of The Gospel Coalition Australia. Originally posted at AkosBalogh.com. Can Jesus Save the West? That’s the question Australian author Kurt Mahlburg seeks to answer in his excellent new book, Cross and Culture: Can Jesus Save the West? Mahlburg is an author with the Christian organisation The Canberra Declaration,… Read More ‘A Book for Our Time’ — A Review of Cross and Culture by Akos Balogh
The following is an excerpt of Kurt’s new book Cross and Culture: Can Jesus Save the West? There is an incurable habit of the human heart to ‘otherise’ evil—to identify all of the injustices of the world with some other person or group of people. Our tendency to blame others goes right back to the… Read More Systemic Injustice and the Good News of Jesus
In the distance, the townsfolk could see a runner tracing a hilltop ridge and then dipping into the valley on the near side. His silhouette grew larger and more defined as he made his way up a winding path towards them in the village. Those who had gathered to wait for his message could feel… Read More The Good News of Easter
The following is an excerpt from Kurt Mahlburg’s new book, Cross and Culture: Can Jesus Save the West? I have always loved punk rock music. I recently rediscovered some of my old favourite albums and my wife found it very amusing. Angie couldn’t take me seriously; she certainly couldn’t imagine me as a twenty-year-old ‘skanking’ at… Read More The Only Way to Be Truly Countercultural Today: Follow Jesus
Big Tech is biased. That fact is as clear as day to a large segment of the population, many of whom have experienced social media censorship first-hand. To others, however, claims of Big Tech censorship seem elusive and exaggerated. So I took the liberty of logging incidents of Big Tech bias stretching back almost a… Read More Big Tech is Biased: Here are Hundreds of Examples
The words “conspiracy theory” are being thrown around a lot these days. Once upon a time this phrase was used sparingly to dismiss the quirky beliefs of a lunatic fringe. Now, conspiracy theories are talked about regularly in politics and the media. What is happening in the West that this label is suddenly being used… Read More So Are We All Conspiracy Theorists Now?
You’ve almost certainly encountered Critical Race Theory over the last year, even if those words aren’t familiar. Gaining immense popularity in the wake of the George Floyd protests, Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the view that Western civilisation is inherently racist, and that white people benefit from this status quo at the expense of people… Read More A Commonsense Guide to Critical Race Theory
Twitter is among the worst offenders when it comes to Big Tech censorship. Hiding behind vague and ever-changing policies, the Big Tech giant is known to have been shadowbanning conservative accounts for years. During the 2020 election race, Twitter suppressed damning stories about the Biden family’s shady business dealings, all the while adding warning labels to any Trump… Read More Twitter Censors Conservatives But It Doesn’t Censor Porn
Has equality for women been achieved? You’ll hear quite different answers to this question depending on whom you ask. But here’s something we can all agree on: in the West, by almost any measure, today is the best time for women to be alive. This isn’t to say we’ve created a perfect world — there… Read More Ten Ways Jesus Has Changed The World For Women
We have other days to commemorate our sorry chapters, but Australia Day is for unity and celebration.… Read More Australia Day is About Unity, Not Division
Artwork: So Loved, by Glenny Naden The following is an excerpt from Kurt Mahlburg’s new book, Cross and Culture: Can Jesus Save the West? The Myall Creek massacre of 1838 was one of the darkest events in Australia’s history. A group of former convicts had been roaming the surrounding district to hunt and kill Indigenous people.… Read More What Does Reconciliation Look Like?
For several years, I’ve been highlighting Big Tech bias when I encounter it, knowing that my ability to do so online may not last forever. I’ve received a lot of pushback to this. The many examples I’ve provided were algorithmic anomalies, I was told—and I may in fact be suffering from a victimhood complex. So… Read More Big Tech Doesn’t Censor Conservatives, and Other Myths
An excerpt from Kurt Mahlburg’s new book, Cross and Culture: Can Jesus Save the West? It was a year for the history books. Each of us has a story to tell about how the events of 2020 impacted us. Fires, pestilence, lockdowns and riots: for a while it felt like the world was going to… Read More Why the Unrest in the West?
Last week, a Chinese citizen journalist was sentenced to four years in jail. Her crime: reporting on the coronavirus outbreak that began in her city of Wuhan. Zhang Zhan insists that her reporting was based on first-hand accounts from locals. But because she scrutinised her government’s response to the virus and provided a more sombre… Read More Media Censorship in 2020: Were You Paying Attention?
Two weeks ago I released my new book Cross and Culture: Can Jesus Save the West? I’ve been overwhelmed with the response—over 600 copies have sold in that time, and we’re on to our second print run. I begin Cross and Culture with a simple premise: something isn’t right in the Western world. The chaotic… Read More Cross and Culture: The Book
I’m a Christmas fanatic. I love everything about the Christmas season—from the carols in the mall to the massive overspend on food to watching children get lost on stage during their nativity plays. And of course, I always look forward to streaming the same cheesy Christmas movies I saw last year. But there’s one thing… Read More Do You Have Room For Jesus This Christmas?
It’s important to have reasons for what you believe. “If only God gave me a sign” is a common thought people have if they are still unsure if God exists. And fair enough—it doesn’t make sense to “just have faith” and throw reason out the door. But what if the best evidence for God’s existence… Read More The Best Evidence for God is You
There’s a lot of conflict in our world right now. Disagreement over the pandemic and this year’s riots in America tell the story all too well. Despite the mess and division, I think most of us long for unity. One of the ways we express this desire for peace in our times is to suggest… Read More Don’t All Paths Lead to God?
The Australian journalist Greg Sheridan has quipped that these days, “the academic fashion is to attack Western civilisation, not study it.” With historic statues being trashed and toppled around the western world, and accusations of systemic racism being levelled against the fairest societies that history has produced, Sheridan couldn’t be more right. Sadly, those trying… Read More Meet the Atheists Who Are Grateful for Christianity
If you Google the term “Cultural Marxism,” you will likely be told that it is a right-wing conspiracy theory. But pick a different search engine, or scroll for long enough, and you will find a more robust definition. Cultural Marxism—for those new to the concept—is a worldview gaining immense popularity throughout the West. It refers… Read More A Christian’s Guide to Cultural Marxism
Wherever you look, socialism is sexy again. In the UK this week, Jeremy Corbyn is seeking election as the nation’s Prime Minister on a proudly socialist platform. In the USA, socialist Bernie Sanders is making a second run for President, and he has the endorsement of “the Squad”—a group of socialist Congresswomen which includes the… Read More Six Reasons Socialism is Sexy Again—But Shouldn’t Be
The question we all ask when faced with suffering is “Why?” Sometimes we ask it personally: “Why is this happening to me?” Other times, existentially: “Why does a good God allow evil and suffering?” Either way, it’s an instinctive and very human response. When we feel like this, we’re in good company among the world’s… Read More But God is the Strength of My Heart
“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”—Thomas Paine Such was the mood on the North American continent centuries ago, when pilgrims and pioneers dreamt of a brand new nation to call their own. Somehow, their experiment worked. Despite the founders’ striking flaws and all of modern America’s faults, the United… Read More America’s Founders on the High Price of Freedom
What’s the battle that you’re facing right now? Three thousand years ago, God’s people faced their own battle. Victory came, but only after struggle. And it came in the most unlikely of ways. The lesson they first had to learn was this: “This battle is not for you to fight; take your position, stand still,… Read More The Battle is Not Yours But God’s
Religion has fallen on hard times across the West—at least in the media, the major universities, and our other culture-shaping institutions. But there’s one form of religion today that’s praised and promoted widely, and that’s the religion of human rights. Human rights might be secular. But to the secular, they couldn’t be more sacred. In… Read More The Christian Roots of Human Rights
Let’s be honest: it’s all too easy to highjack Jesus and make him the pin-up boy for our cause. Depending on your flavour he’s the middle-class moralist, the enlightened guru, the hellfire preacher, the social justice warrior—and the list grows every year. The reason Jesus keeps getting a rebrand—the reason he simply refuses to go… Read More Ten Reasons Jesus is the Most Influential Person in History
You’ve probably heard the accusation: the Bible contradicts itself. More evidence—if we needed it—that the Bible was written by simple people in a much simpler era. In fact, there’s a group called the Reason Project who claim to have found five hundred such contradictions in Scripture. So does their accusation stand? On closer inspection, most… Read More Does the Bible Contradict Itself?
Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. We all know the tune. But how much confidence can we actually have that anything the Bible records is true? Many skeptics of Christianity are adamant that the Bible is not a reliable source of history. If they’re right, then as followers of… Read More Is the Bible Historically Reliable?
You’ve probably heard it suggested that the Bible we read today is nothing like the original, given how many times it’s been copied through the centuries. Surely this has provided too much opportunity—so the argument goes—for people to copy it poorly. Or worse, to tamper with it to suit their own agenda. This makes for… Read More Has the Bible Been Tampered With?
Once upon a time, the Bible was a trusted book. Today many people hold it in suspicion, and feel that to believe Scripture is to take a leap of faith into the dark. What a curious turn of events. Peter, one of the Bible’s authors, said, “We were not making up clever stories when we… Read More What Makes the Bible Unique?
In recent posts, I’ve explored the place of Jesus among other gods. Using controversial titles, I suggested that every major world faith contains clues that point to him. In this cultural moment, it’s scandalous—even arrogant—to suggest that Jesus might be the only way. I’d get a lot more traction if I said that all religions… Read More How Pluralism Points to Jesus
Israel. It’s bizarre that such a tiny nation somehow makes news headlines every week. I guess when you occupy the hottest piece of real estate on the planet, the whole world is going to have an opinion. Today the media buzz is mostly about Israel’s injustices. But if you look back in history, there’s probably… Read More How Judaism Points to Jesus
The world’s favourite atheist Richard Dawkins has said that faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse not to think or evaluate evidence. He has also likened religion to a mental illness. Atheism likes the spotlight. It’s had a pop-culture resurgence in the last decade, driven by bombastic books like The God Delusion and God… Read More How Atheism Points to Jesus
For some in the West, Islam is a synonym for terrorism and oppression. Others seem to believe that Muslims deserve a free pass, and special immunity from criticism. I’ll admit upfront that I’m biased too. I love my Muslim friends, and I have a deeper interest in Islam than any other world faith outside my… Read More How Islam Points to Jesus
Let’s be honest, it’s the world’s most fashionable religion. Buddhism has an exciting mystique about it, especially for us spiritually starved westerners. Mindfulness has gone mainstream, along with Zen gardens and the Dalai Lama. Buddhist themes light up our cinemas, from The Matrix to Kung Fu Panda and every Star Wars film in history. Christians are sometimes… Read More How Buddhism Points to Jesus
Have you ever read the entire Bible? It’s a big book. To read it from start to finish takes about three days without a break. With so much to comprehend, it’s little wonder that literally millions more books have been written to explain and apply it. “To read the Bible from start to finish takes… Read More Understand Any Book of the Bible in Ten Seconds
It’s almost an absurd question. Smartphones have put the world’s knowledge at our fingertips. Passenger jets fly us to the other side of the planet in a day. Soon AI will relieve us from all of life’s humdrum tasks. But in just the space of a few decades, phenomena like slavery, anxiety, mysticism and terror… Read More Are We Returning to the Dark Ages?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be familiar with the new craze sweeping the West as the 2020s unfold, known as “cancel culture”. The more this phenomenon grows, the more the label risks being misapplied. Cancel culture isn’t just anything, however: it follows a very recognisable pattern. First, someone with public profile transgresses… Read More Friends, Let’s Fix Cancel Culture
The cancellation of Dr. Suess is only the latest evidence of the cultural revolution.… Read More Oh The Books You Can’t Read: The Good Dr. Seuss is Cancelled, Indeed