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Melbourne Theatre Company :: End of the Rainbow

Melbourne Theatre Company :: End of the Rainbow :: Return of an old friend.

This starts in Melbourne on November 10, with some prep happening here in Sydney right now, which led to a surprise visit from my old young friend Philip, whose place M and I shared when we began living together exactly fifteen years ago. Philip moved to Melbourne at least ten years ago, and I had not seen him again until tonight. We went to a Thai restaurant in Crown Street — the same one where Mr R and I once had some excellent fish — and spent a lot of time catching up. He is working as a stage manager on the above production, having recently graduated from university in Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 31, 2005 in Australia and Australian, events, friends, Gay and Lesbian, M, personal, reminiscing

 

Insights – Uniting Church magazine online: review The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris

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Sam Harris, philosopher and neuroscientist, argues cogently in this, his first, book that religions are dangerous, indeed evil. He dismisses the excuse that they are simply sullied by sin; they are dangerous, particularly Judaism, Christianity and Islam, for claiming to be based on “Creator-authored texts”. Reading his graphic descriptions of the Inquisitions, witch-hunts, and anti-Semitism, as well as his two pages of Koranic quotations on the need to deal harshly with the infidel, you could surmise that he is merely condemning extremist interpretations of religious teaching. But this would be wrong, for Harris is no less critical of religious moderates, as well as pluralism, relativism and pragmatism. To him all are equally irrational…

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Posted by on October 31, 2005 in Bible, book reviews, Christianity, faith and philosophy, fundamentalism and extremism, interfaith, Islam, magazines, South Sydney Uniting Church, writers