Author: David Ould

A Modest Gospel Proposal for Australia Day

Here in the great southern land it’s Australia Day, the anniversary of 26 January 1788 when the First Fleet landed at Port Jackson (which incorporates what is now knowns as Sydney Harbour). Wikipedia pithily sums up the event: This date is still celebrated as Australia Day, marking the beginnings of the first British settlement. The British flag was planted and formal possession taken. Shortly afterwards “first contact” was made with the aboriginal population and the rest, as they say, is history. Except it’s not a perfect history. The British brought government, “progress”, “civilisation”, the Judeo-Christian worldview and a whole host of other advancements. They...

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A Scent of Sense over the Census?

OK, I’ll admit it, half the reason for writing this article is simply to get that headline at the top. But the other half is to make a small contribution into the whole “religion/no-religion in the census” debate currently going on in Australia. Tonight is census night and all over this young and free land we will be filling in our online and paper forms and telling the government all about ourselves. The one question that has many animated this year is what people will mark for their religion. The secularists are arguing that only genuine Christians (and other...

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Orlando – Grief in a Time of Culture War

Like me, you have more than likely been staggered by the tragedy of the nightclub murders in Orlando, Florida. It seems inconceivable that someone could go to such lengths, sink to such depths of depravity, as to plan and then so callously execute his scheme to kill as many as possible. Sadly it seems that no sooner has the dust settled but many from every side of every debate have used the attack to make their various points. I’ve noticed a common theme pushing through; that everybody appears to claim that nobody is listening, nobody cares. As a result,...

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Genderqueer, Australian Flags, Trump, Baal; Pots and Kettles

For the past few months Australia’s chattering classes (and a whole bunch of other people besides) have been discussing debating and (in true Orwellian style) denouncing over the question of the Safe Schools Program, now rolled out in all of Victoria. While claiming to be simply an anti-bullying campaign it very clearly pushes a radical gender theory. Students who hold conservative positions have spoken of themselves facing bullying, public shaming by teachers etc. when objecting to some of the things they were asked to do as “Safe Schools” activities were instituted. One of the key figure behind this movement...

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How Legalism Has Destroyed the Anglican Communion

It’s now over 3 months since the pivotal Primates’ Gathering in Canterbury. Much water has passed under the bridge since then and many readers will have been watching along. Apologies that has not been more vocal in bringing you up to speed. As I write, the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) is meeting in Lusaka. The ACC forms one of the four “Instruments of Unity”of the Anglican Communion, alongside the decennial Lambeth Bishops’ Conference, the Archbishop of Canterbury himself and the Primates’ Meeting. You may remember that attendance and participation in the ACC was a key topic of conversation...

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