I grew up on a farm in the Adelaide Hills, running through corn patches and building cubby houses with my sisters on the banks of our creek. I have great memories of my childhood. I was blessed to grow up in a Christian family. We attended the local Lutheran church diligently and prayed together at… Read More Kurt’s Faith Story
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
500th anniversaries don’t come around too often. This week, though, is a big deal for western civilisation—or at least it should be. Today marks the quincentenary of the Protestant Reformation. October 31st, 1517 was the day Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, unleashing a revolution that transformed Europe and… Read More It’s Time for Revolution
Despite its many faults, Western civilisation has lead the world for centuries in technology, education, science, liberty, and more. Why? Lots of reasons. But the greatest force that shaped us, overlooked by many, is a humble carpenter from Nazareth. // Read this series from the beginning, or start here for how Jesus shaped Equality. * * * Last year, two… Read More How Jesus Shaped the West: Equality
Despite its many faults, Western civilisation has lead the world for centuries in technology, education, science, liberty, and more. Why? Lots of reasons. But the greatest force that shaped us, overlooked by many, is a humble carpenter from Nazareth. // Read this series from the beginning, or start here for how Jesus shaped Education. * * * Peeling glad… Read More How Jesus Shaped the West: Education
Creation and evolution—that hot potato. Congratulations for following the link here: you’re braver than most. As Christians, which side do we take? If we’ve lingered in the majesty of Genesis 1, our instinct of course says creation. If we’ve conversed with the science-minded, it seems unthinkable to deny evolution. In the characteristically blunt, but helpfully clear… Read More Evolution is Science. Creation is Religion.
I was eight. I’d been reading picture books about my favourite childhood topic: Dinosaurs. Fearsome creatures that, so said these books, died out eons before humans existed. Now I was sitting in a cold, 150 year old red brick chapel for school assembly, listening to a minister read the creation week account from Genesis. Something… Read More As Science Advances, God Retreats
In the early 1920s, by a freak shipping accident a brand new car—a Model T Ford—in perfect working condition and with a key in the ignition and a full tank of fuel, found itself washed up on the pristine sandy shores of an untouched Pacific island. A band of curious locals who had never seen… Read More When Science Has No Answers, God Did It!