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A New Australian Theology
The gospel according to John Tracey - a collection of essays
"A New Australian Theology"
- “The Jihad of Jesus: The Sacred Nonviolent Struggle for Justice” by Dave Andrews – a critical review from a Christian perspective
- An Advent sermon. Aboriginal land and the Uniting Church’s covenanting process.
- Is God a European? Discussion – Thursday Oct 17
- The Federal Government’s “Act of Recognition” and Aboriginal customary law.
- The epistle of John Tracey to the Christian Anarchist congregation of the Brisbane Anarchist Summer School 2013
- The Church of the Higgs Boson: Hallelujah He is Risen!
- Pell vs. Dawkins
- A couple of speeches from Occupy Wall Street.
- Occupy Australia?
- Australian socialism and Aboriginal struggle; a critique.
- The historical context of the new testament.
- Australian folklore, biblical exegesis, Christian non-violence and a man with a big hat and a tricycle.
- Afghanistan – Dr. Ramazan Bashardost
- In support of Bess Nungarrayi Price – letter to editor of the Alice Springs News
- Mental Health – Dr. John Breeding
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“The Jihad of Jesus: The Sacred Nonviolent Struggle for Justice” by Dave Andrews – a critical review from a Christian perspective
An Advent sermon presented to the West End Uniting Church, December 15 2013.
(The original sermon included a commentary on James 5:7:11 in accord with the church lectionary readings for the week but it is of only tangential relevance to the substance of the sermon so I have left it out)
Advent is the time when we prepare to celebrate the festival of the birth of Jesus and a time when we prepare for the incoming of God’s kingdom in all its glory.
Jesus is the liberator who brings good news to the poor, release for the captive and liberation for the oppressed.
Advent is a season of expectantly waiting, let us expect Jesus the liberator and in terms our covenanting process, let us expect liberation and justice for Aboriginal people. Continue reading
The West End Uniting Church Philosophy Group invites you to a discussion – Is God a European?
Thursday October 17
7.00 – 8.30pm
at the West End Uniting Church
corner Sussex and Vulture Streets West End
We will explore biblical, European and Aboriginal notions of God and spirituality and ask the question – Did the European missionaries bring knowledge of God to this country or must the churches learn about God from Aboriginal people?
background reading –
West End Uniting Church Philosophy Group – Facebook page
Following is the text of the presentation given on the night –
Is God a European?
In this talk I will argue that the notion of God that is held and promoted by the mainstream Christian church today is an ideological construct of Europe’s cultural heritage, a continuation of the evolution of Helenist society. Hellenism refers to the culture of Greece and Rome although it has its roots in the Egyptian and Persian empires. It is the tradition of empire and so-called civilisation. Hellenist is what the bible refers to as gentile. I will argue that there is a strong similarity between notions of God in the bible and Australian Aboriginal notions of spirituality and that these notions are radically different from the religious notions of Europe. Continue reading
What the high court says has been extinguished, legislation now says is continuing.
It is not the Australian constitution, with or without its proposed amendments, that extinguishes Aboriginal sovereignty and customary law within Australian law. It is the Racial Discrimination Act that does it. Continue reading
The epistle of John Tracey to the Christian Anarchist congregation of the Brisbane Anarchist Summer School 2013
Christian anarchism and the religion of Caesar: Transcending the Roman religion and rediscovering the tribal indigenous Jesus
read it – here
Stephen Hawking and myself have predicted that the Higgs boson particle, the so-called god particle, will never be found. Following announcements that the CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) Large Hadron Collider experiments have found evidence of the Higgs boson, the international media has declared that Stephen Hawking has lost a $100 bet that it would never be found and must now pay up. I hope that Stephen has more scientific integrity than what the media expect of him and refuses to pay the $100 to whoever he made the bet with.
CERN have discovered something but they don’t know what it is. If they had found nothing then the Higgs boson would be disproved but the discovery of something leaves the possibility open that the Higgs boson might exist – that is all. There is nothing in the minimal information released by CERN so far to suggest that the something they have found performs any of the magical functions that the Higgs boson is prophesied to perform. Continue reading
A post-match analysis from the U.T.P. sports desk.
I would like to join the commentary about the battle between George Pell and Richard Dawkins on the ABC’s Q&A program on 9/5/12. A copy of the show is – here
While I have never had any previous reason to critique Richard Dawkins’ opinions and I have had many reason’s to critique George Pell’s theology and church administration, I found myself being much more attracted to Pell’s position than Dawkins. Continue reading