Daily Archives: February 3, 2008

On Islam again: preliminary

On New Years Day this year I posted Everyone has an opinion about Islam… There have been one or two posts since, dealing especially with a local issue here in Sydney: see Where do you think Jesus would be in this?

Now I have promised on my new "coordination" blog, Ninglun’s Site News, something more.

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Posted by on February 3, 2008 in blogging, Christianity, faith, inspiration, interfaith, Islam, religion


On the US presidential race

You could do much worse than follow the series Thomas has been doing, boosted now by an ongoing account of Super Tuesday. I really don’t know how he knows all this stuff, but I am grateful. That it is all emanating from somewhere near the Georges River in S-W Sydney is itself quite amazing.

I mentioned in a comment on Thomas’s site just now an Obama piece I found recently. I was thinking of doing something about it on Ninglun on Blogspot, but I may as well note it here and now. It is interesting to me as it is connected to my favourite US evangelical site, Sojourners. See ‘Call to Renewal’ Keynote Address: Wednesday, June 28, 2006.
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Not intended to be offensive, but sometimes evidence in isolation is no evidence at all…

I was taken by Jim’s latest post Report of the NSW Aborigines Welfare Board, year ended 30 June 1940, and like Jim I had not intended to do another post just now on Indigenous issues. First, it has to be said that the post is very interesting. Second, I do need to quote Jim’s postscript:

Please do not construe this post as a contribution to the sorry discussion. I have said all along that one needed to look at the variety of the Australian Aboriginal experience.

What the post does do is to present a snapshot of the official position at a point in time, an important point, but still a point. There are issues raised by the Board’s report that interest me and which warrant further investigation. At this point, I would only say that it is a helpful caution about some of the more sweeping universalist views.

I do endorse Jim’s point about the variety and complexity of current and past Aboriginal lives, experiences, and issues. That said, it is quite ironic that I find Jim’s very fair presentation of what that report tells us to be a wonderful example of what the apology is actually about. The cool language of the report is unlikely to explore what those various agencies were actually about, what really happened under their auspices, why they were there in the first place, what had gone before, what the effects of those policies and agencies actually were. Read the rest of this entry »


For Thomas and all those other students out there…

There is an easier way! I wish I’d had the opportunity, but when I was an undergraduate there was only one computer in Sydney, and it occupied practically a whole floor in the Physics Department at Sydney University.

Nowadays you can…


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