Archive for Reconciliation

Anglicans for Restitution

Posted in Australia with tags , , on November 10, 2010 by stephengardner

Check out this organisation, Anglicans for Restitution. The organisation was launched in the wake of Peter Adam’s 2009 lecture. At the moment it is a purely Melbourne based initiative, do you think something like this will happen in Sydney?

Thanks to Mark Eargney for the tip off.

Peter Adam: why sorry isn’t good enough

Posted in Australia, Reconciliation with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2010 by stephengardner

You might remember that in August 2009 Dr. Peter Adam of Ridley College Melbourne caused quite a stir when he claimed that the federal government’s apology to Indigenous Australians did not go far enough. In this video he urges Melbourne Anglicans to be a prophetic voice to the nation, seeking restitution.

Dr. Adam’s lecture was widely reported on in the blogosphere, Chris and Matt provided some great reflections. Over the next few months I hope to come back to Dr. Adam’s challenge to the Church to be a prophetic voice to the world on the matter of reconciliation.

Miroslav Volf on Violence in the Name of Faith

Posted in Reconciliation, World with tags , , , on November 5, 2010 by stephengardner

In the last post I introduced Yale’s Faith and Globalization Initiative of which Volf is key contributor. There he was introducing the topic of faith and reconciliation between different faiths, here he introduces the topic of violence and faith. Is violence intrinsic to faith as some voices from within the ‘new atheist’ movement suggest? What are the conditions in which faith becomes violent?

Volf distinguishes between external conditions (political power, association with holy spaces)and internal conditions (absolute truth claims). External conditions, so he says, legitimise the defence of power and place.


Miroslav Volf on Faith and Reconciliation

Posted in Reconciliation with tags , , , , on November 4, 2010 by stephengardner

This is part of a fascinating series of lectures that Volf gave in partnership with, amongst others, Tony Blair, dealing with the subject of faith and globalisation. Here Volf introduces  the topic of reconciliation and drafts a brief way forward for how people of contradictory faiths may reach reconciliation.

Guest Series

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 18, 2009 by stephengardner

G’day there,

Again, I feel the need to confess my sins of ommission on the blogging front! Claire and I have been away up the coast, which was a grand time. And, today we head off for Crusaders Study Camp (more on this later), which, sadly, means no blogging. In the meantime, however, I have some exciting news. Nick Russell, a good mate of mine, is going to contribute on All Things New with a fantastic series; Hating the Other: a comparison between Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and Miroslav Volf’s Exclusion and Embrace.


I cannot commend this series enough. Both books are of immense value for what they say about the human condition, Frankenstein is just one of those classic novels that really needs to be read by all, and Exclusion and Embrace has some profound things to say about forgiveness and reconciliation. Here is a little blurb from Nick about the series:

By chance I began reading these two books side-by-side and the similarities between them were enormous. Both deal with deep problems of hatred and exlusion contained in human nature from which arises many of the psychological, political, and social evils of our world. While Frankenstein is a Gothic Fiction losely following nineteenth century Romanticism, Exclusion and Embrace is a very modern theology of social and political morality. The former is a tragedy and thus emphasises the problem of our condition while the latter offers true hope for this condition in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m looking forward to really exploring these two great works, written by two great minds and i hope to draw out some of their common ideas, conflicting thoughts and my hope is that with Shelley’s artistic genious and Volf’s contemporary engagement and theological insight we will be provoked to think about ‘the other’ in light of the cross of our Saviour.

I’m looking forward to hearing more from Nick, it should be great reading and incredibly rewarding stuff.

I’ll be back from study camp in a week hoping to repent of my lack of blogging.