Thursday, September 21, 2017

Brainfade

Occasionally, when I have too much time on my hands, I like to discuss religion with others on online chatrooms. It can be very instructive. One user adamantly asserted that the Bible commands cannibalism. I asked him, or her, as the case may be, to give me the passage. He referred me to Jeremiah 19:9.

"I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another’s flesh because their enemies will press the siege so hard against them to destroy them."

This is another case of creative hermeneutics. The context makes its clear that this is a prophetic passage. God is declaring judgement against the Israelites for disobeying Him. The Babylonians will invade their land and besiege Jerusalem, cutting off their food supplies. They will resort to cannibalism. 

Other references to cannibalism are found in Leviticus 26:29, Deuteronomy 28:53, 2 Kings 6:24-29, Lamentations 2:20, 4:10. Again, in context, these references are either declarations of judgement for disobedience, or descriptive. It should be absolutely clear to the reader that these passages are not prescriptive. As I have written on this blog before, you often learn what the Bible says by what it doesn't say. 

Friday, September 08, 2017

Like it matters

Warwick Capper (6049408160)Earlier in the week, the Victorian state government announced that it would end its $1 million annual financial support for the TV Week Logie Awards. Best thought of as an inferior, tackier version of the Emmys or BAFTA Television Awards, the awards have been held in Melbourne for most of their history.

From 2018, and possibly beyond, they will be held on the Gold Coast, in a casino ballroom. Maybe they could be hosted by former football star, and former colourful Gold Coast identity, Warwick Capper? 

Friday, September 01, 2017

Distortion

Up until now, I haven't written anything about Australia's current same sex marriage debate, and the forthcoming postal survey. That was until this article appeared in today's Guardian. The author attempts to portray same sex marriage supporters as the underdogs in this debate, fighting against powerful conservative elites. Is she deliberately skewing the situation because it suits her ends? If so, this is highly disingenuous. It appears that these people ignore any facts that challenge their narrative.

Never mind that the same sex marriage movement has the support of most of Australia's mainstream print and electronic media, the majority of Australia's business community, academia, and the GetUp activist group. It is well documented that GetUp is financially supported by American billionaire financier and philanthropist, George Soros.

While I don't have access to the exact amounts of money each side is spending on their respective campaigns, it's safe to say that the yes campaign has more money at its disposal to spend, and therefore has the upper hand in the debate, and the no campaign is facing an uphill battle to counter it. It makes you wonder who the real underdogs are here.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/01/roz-ward-i-will-never-give-up-fighting-for-a-more-free-and-joyful-world

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/dumped-files-show-influence-of-george-soros-on-western-politics/news-story/937a225e62420ea3807bd8308b0dad83

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Scouser insects

Can you spot the typo here?
According to The Age, the fifth Beatle was not either Stuart Sutcliffe or Pete Best. It was Bertie Beatle (sic). Despite being an insect, Bertie found enduring fame by having a brand of chocolate named after him. It has been an enduring favourite for many years in Australia. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Australian idle

I am informed by Wikipedia, which may or may not be an authoritative source of information, that most countries that celebrate Father's Day do so on the third Sunday in June. However, Australia celebrates it on the first Sunday in September, alongside Fiji, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.

If you have a father, and intend to buy him a Father's Day gift, Bunnings, Australia's largest hardware chain, may be your first port of call. He may gratefully receive the gift of a set of tools or gardening equipment. Either that, or he might be offended, taking such a gift as a subtle way of telling him that he is lazy, and you want him to do more work around the house.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father%27s_Day

Monday, August 28, 2017

The fine art of procrastination

Flinders Street Station
Melbourne's landmark Flinders Street Station is being extensively restored and refurbished. This project was first mooted as long ago as 1990, for the city's ill-fated bid for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Successive state governments dragged their feet over the project ever since, and now it's finally happening. When it isn't involved in radical social engineering, the Andrews government is also investing heavily in major infrastructure projects. Better late than never.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Starkregen


The other day I was caught in heavy rain, and had to make a mad dash to get back to my car. It reminded me of this song, Kissed You in the Rain, by Munchener Freiheit. This track was from their 1988 album, Fantasy. Alas, the band never achieved the international success they sought after.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasy_(M%C3%BCnchener_Freiheit_album)