By Brian on December 4, 2013
Hardly, but he is certainly a severe critic of market capitalism. George Weigel sees his recent apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) as a clarion call for a decisive shift in the Catholic Church’s self-understanding, in full […]
By Brian on July 9, 2013
Ootz recently drew our attention to Waleed Aly’s fine piece in The Monthly Inside Tony Abbott’s Mind: This is Serious. Aly quotes David Marr’s Quarterly Essay on Abbott to resolve the apparent contradiction between Abbott the man of conviction and […]
Are we ever more individual? Or is that the wrong question? A historical sociology of interiority and ascesis
By Mark Bahnisch on March 28, 2013
I’ve been reading Guy G. Stroumsa’s The End of Sacrifice, which looks at religious transformations or mutations in the transitions from paganism to Christianity, and Axial moments.
By Mark Bahnisch on March 14, 2013
I promised when LP was revived that I would write a post on the crisis in the Catholic Church. I’d intended to do that during the Conclave, but like everyone else, I am surprised that the election of the new […]
By Robert Merkel on February 14, 2012
Not one, but two private members bills that would end the prohibition of gay marriage were introduced to the House of Representatives yesterday. The first is co-sponsored by Adam Bandt of the Greens, and Andrew Wilkie, the second introduced by […]
By Anna Winter on January 18, 2012
Because apparently the best way to counter simplistic, misguided arguments is by making different simplistic, misguided arguments.
By Mark Bahnisch on December 6, 2011
It’s inevitable that the debate on same sex marriage, which has reached a new level since the passage in Queensland last week of the Civil Partnerships Bill and the decisions of the ALP National Conference on the weekend, will be […]
By Mark Bahnisch on November 10, 2011
The Legal Affairs, Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services Committee of the Queensland Parliament is holding public hearings today on a bill introduced by Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser to enshrine civil unions in state law. The text of the Civil Partnerships […]
By Anna Winter on November 2, 2011
I really wanted to write a good review of this book, but this was not the book to do it. Abbott is a conviction politician, no matter how angry certain commenter may be when I say that. He wants power, yes, and he is ruthless in his pursuit of it. But he wants power for a reason, not just for its own sake. I just hope that the debate this book sparked gets people talking about what those reasons are.
By Paul Norton on October 31, 2011
It’s that time of year again. Post whatever you like about the Melbourne Cup – tips for Tuesday, anecdotes, trivia, deconstruction, equine sock puppets, fashion advice, hangover cures, etc.
By tigtog on September 26, 2011
King Abdullah said his decision came because “we refuse marginalising women’s role in the Saudi society in all fields” and followed “consultations with several scholars”.