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Why Protest the TPPA?

At the very least we should concede the recent signing of the Trans- Pacific Partnership agreement for 12 Pacific trading nations trumpeted with such fanfare by the New Zealand Government offers the promise of clear advantages. On the other hand these advantages are unequally … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Euthanasia

The decision to allow for the termination of life has some interesting legal and ethical implications which require precise legislation. I suspect that with of the order of more than six out of ten New Zealanders supporting an end of … Continue reading

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Failed Prophecies of Joseph Smith

Failed Prophecies of Joseph Smith (information gleaned from the 1997 study of the same name by the Institute of Religious Research) Joseph Smith has often been called The Prophet by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter … Continue reading

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Harry Potter…not me!

As a retired science educator and sometime amateur stage magician I have always enjoyed presenting jaw dropping demonstrations. Unfortunately as a self confessed hard boiled cynical showman, it is one thing to organize a flash of fire, float a lady … Continue reading

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The Quakers’ Response to Terrorism

Below is yesterday’s statement on terrorism from Quakers in Britain, the points made apply just as much here as they do there … link: Quakers respond to terrorism 24 November 2015 As Parliament prepares to debate next steps in … Continue reading

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Some passing brief reflections on the work of Jürgen Moltmann

Jürgen Moltmann (born in Hamburg 8 April 1926) is an influential German theologian whose early attempts at theology were originally shaped by the influence of theologians like Karl Barth and philosophers like Hegel and Bloch. Later he transferred his attention … Continue reading

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Am I Really a Humanist?

A few days ago I received an unexpected note from a man who had previously self identified himself to me as a Bible literalist, accusing me of rejecting the truth of the Bible in the writing on my website and … Continue reading

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