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German Anti-Semitism in Context Part 4: Adolf Stoecker

Stoecker was born in the Saxon town of Halberstadt within the Kingdom of Prussia. A child of humble, working-class origins, Stoecker showed enough intellectual promise that he was eventually sent to Halberstadt University where he commenced his training to become … Continue reading

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German Anti-Semitism in Context Part 3: Eugen Dühring

The Prussian-born scholar Eugen Dühring (1833–1921) made important contributions to the fields of philosophy, economics, and politics. As something of a polymath, the breadth of Dühring’s written corpus includes treatments of topics as diverse as militarism, Marxism, mathematics, and literature. … Continue reading

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German Anti-Semitism in Context Part 2: Heinrich von Treitschke

In his posthumous work Politik, the famed German historian and political commentator Heinrich von Treitschke (1834–1896) wrote that those preaching the doctrine of eternal peace did not understand the essence of the Aryan life.[1] The true German spirit, argued von Treitschke, … Continue reading

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The “National Socialist Bible” of 1940: An Experiment in Contextualization

The so-called “Nazi Bible” of 1940 was an experiment in theological revision undertaken by scholars attached to the Institute for the Study and Elimination of Jewish Influence on German Church Life. The Institute, based in the Thüringian town of Eisenach, … Continue reading

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Writing Passionate History: The Example of Jules Isaac

Must the writing of history always be undertaken in a spirit of cold detachment, or is there a legitimate place for the use of passion as a guiding force in the pursuit of historical inquiry? Traditional wisdom would suggest that … Continue reading

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Jack T. Chick and The Witches of Nar Nar Goon

The sociological phenomenon known as the ‘satanic panic’ hit the country town of Warragul in the early 1990’s, where for a brief time the locals had become alarmed at the rise in satanic ritual activity amongst the towns youth. Rumours … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer: A Confession

At this stage in my life, I find that the Lord’s Prayer is the only form of supplication I can enter into with sincerity. As I understand them, Jesus’ words to his Father are a humble expression of hope laced with … Continue reading

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Aphorisms and Reflections #1

I. What’s so good about being ‘efficient’ anyway? Sure, it saves money and time, but is not the natural end-goal of ‘efficiency’ the elimination of the human? II. The only form of activism that really counts is that which takes … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Contextualising Theology

In his book Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology, Daniel L. Migliore writes that ‘all theology is contextual.’ (1) By this Migliore refers to the now well-established notion of theological work being the result of an interaction between … Continue reading

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The Church: Relinquishing Control

I was recently chatting with a friend of mine who also works as a youth worker in his local Uniting Church. He was regaling me with a story- familiar to many of us- of the opposition he was experiencing whilst … Continue reading

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