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A Christian Celebration of World Philosophy Day

Tomorrow is World Philosophy Day. To mark the occasion, we asked Monash University’s Chris Watkin to share some of his reflections. Thursday 19 November is World Philosophy Day, and Christians should celebrate. Christians and philosophers are two of the very few groups left that seriously entertain the really big questions Does that sound odd? It shouldn’t. Think about it: Christians and philosophers are two of the very few groups left in society that seriously entertain the really big questions: Who are we? What is the good life? What is ultimate reality? In a world lived at an ever-increasing speed that...

Evaluating Evangelistic Courses

Pastors regularly ask for a recommendation on evangelistic courses. What works best? What do you think of X or Y course? Do you have something that suits English second language contexts or a less literate demographic? Recently, that question has been sharpened around the course best suited for an online ‘digital’ presentation of the gospel (as COVID 19 has revealed more engagement than expected through digital platforms/social media). In Australia (especially Sydney where I am based) there are now many evangelistic resources available[1]. How will we decide what is a ‘good’ evangelistic resources/tool and the one best suited for a...

Finding Life in the Midst of Death

A young Chinese woman with a little girl started attending our church three years ago. She was battling cancer and had decided that she needed answers to questions that went beyond her medical diagnosis: Why me? What is life meant to be about? Is there a God who is interested and cares? She needed answers to questions that went beyond her medical diagnosis: Why me? What is life meant to be about? Is there a God who is interested and cares? Christine was a highly intelligent and capable woman, raised in a family and culture that took atheism as a...

Will God Hear My Prayers?

I get it. You haven’t talked to your cousin for two years. But now you want to borrow their car and you’re making the phone call. And it feels totally wrong.  If you’re feeling like that about praying to God—I get it. Maybe the last time you prayed was in the faded past before a vital high school exam or when a family member fell frighteningly sick in the middle of the night. And you haven’t prayed since. I get it—it feels wrong to pray now.  God loves honesty, especially raw honesty. If these words don’t work for you, change...

Lessons of a Philosophy Student

I am half way through my second year of a Philosophy degree. Like most philosophy students, I began my degree with dreams of grandeur (in fact, now that I think of it, that might be a prerequisite). Ready for the rigour of a classical education, I had the voice of Aristotle in one ear, and Simone de Beauvoir in the other. Of course, I also heard the niggling voice of the Apostle Paul—‘See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather...

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