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The Revolution will not be Televised...

...or will it? Obama's inauguration: a masterpiece of carefully crafted state propaganda...and the whole world lapped it up. It's a revolution, but a calm one - ever so civilised...co-opted?
Is all this Obama-hysteria going to leave everyone with a big hangover one day soon, I wonder? For weeks the news has been saturated with Obama - his election, his plans, his inauguration...the world can't seem to get enough. The celeb-style President and his family have been on "Women's Day" and "Who Weekly" covers ever since...
But this wonderful, hopeful feeling that seems to have taken hold across the world - I share it - what if it's all hype? Anyway, aren't we expecting more than is humanly possible, given the world's problems today, and the U.S. system - which is not as free as they like to tell themselves…
I really hope it all goes well for Obama - that he does bring back some hope, some more unity and integrity and vision...but I can't h…

Speak as we feel

Thoughts on the pope's visit, human rights and the freedom to speak...

I walked past the pope having breakfast today on my way to work. He was surrounded by many red mini-popes, but not much obvious security – it seemed as if I could easily have walked up to him and started a conversation. What would I have asked him? I wondered about this as I continued walking up the street, and nearly bumped into a group of students protesting about ‘victims of hope’ – I wasn’t sure what they meant exactly, but felt strangely tempted to tell them the pope was just around the corner, if they wanted to move their protest somewhere more noticeable…I resisted the urge, and continued through the grey streets in the chilly early morning – noticing the gradual build-up of fluoro-daypack wearing pilgrims filtering into Sydney’s CBD.
What do they all hope to get out of this week? Are they ‘victims of hope’ too? Their youthful hope in such a materialistic, ostentatious religion seems to me misplaced. Aft…

10 Reasons I Believe

Why I believe in a Loving, Personal, Creator God

1. Design
The argument for design is well-known in philosophical and other intellectual circles – it is the belief that the universe in all its complexity, order, and precision, could not have happened by chance and evolution alone. The more scientific knowledge we gain, the more it becomes apparent how little we really know about the hidden reasons and causes behind everything. The most honest scientist will admit that these questions cannot be solved by science, but must be left to the realm of metaphysics, philosophy and religion…
We struggle to explain and predict aspects of even the material world through quantitative experiments and logical reasoning – let alone the spiritual and infinite dimensions beyond our reach.
When I look at the ocean, or an underwater reef with its kaleidoscope of life, or a kitten at play, or stare into another person’s eyes, I cannot believe anything other than a magnificent and all-powerful, AMAZING Creator…