A guest post by renowned Australian Christian historian Dr Stuart Piggin. A New Australian Classic Is this book destined to become a classic in the literature on the Australian Christian experience? Does it so richly communicate the presence of God that the reader is raised above the conviction that we have here testimony only to… Read More Great Southland Revival: A Review by Dr Stuart Piggin
I recently sat down with one of Australia’s most prominent Christian historians, Professor Stuart Piggin, to talk about Australian revivals, William Wilberforce’s role in the First Fleet, and more. “Jesus is the desire of the nations,” Professor Stuart Piggin tells me. “Some nations seem to desire Jesus in a way which unleashes revival. It would… Read More My Interview With Professor Stuart Piggin
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
The “memory hole” is one of the most haunting images in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Used by government workers at the Ministry of Truth, this chute in the wall enabled Oceania’s one-party government to edit history at will and incinerate all evidence of their propagandistic deeds: “Every record has been destroyed or falsified,… Read More You Can’t Learn From Deleted History
This is a free country. It’s a phrase we’ve all used, even from schoolyard days—often to stand up to a bully trying to exert their control over us. “This is a free country” are words I repeated countless times as a child, long before I understood the concept of liberty. I guessed it had something… Read More Lockdown and Liberty: Is Australia Still a Free Country?
We are living in a different world to the one we were in a week ago. In December 2019, a pneumonia outbreak was detected in the city of Wuhan, China. It was soon traced to a new strain of coronavirus—but not before infected travellers had crossed international borders in every direction. A few months on… Read More Pandemic Panic: Where is God in our Current Crisis?
It’s becoming more obvious with each passing year, and just about everyone in the West will agree: to be a Christian means to walk out of step with mainstream culture. It’s such a fixed feature of modern life that Christians have adapted a variety of solutions to this dilemma. Some believers relish the opportunity to… Read More Why Christians Clash with the Current Culture
Religion causes all the violence—just look at the Crusades. Have you heard this before? It’s a claim that many critics of Christianity make. In summary, it goes something like this: For hundreds of years, Popes declared ‘holy war’ and sent religious fanatics marching to the Middle East. They went there to colonise, and they slaughtered… Read More Religion Causes all the Violence—Just Look at the Crusades
“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
It’s a city that’s always fascinated me. I remember crafting cardboard models of New York landmarks for a board game I made in Year 4. And if you’re a regular to my site, you may have noticed that my homepage header is a photo of Times Square, also known as “The World’s Crossroads”. But this… Read More New York, or what I saw of it in 100,000 steps