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‘Let no one who is not eager for truth and peace enter here’ (Plato)

Articles on this site express varying points of view, to encourage mature thinking on serious issues. The assumption is that you will want to study a controversial topic from various angles before you arrive at a conclusion, rather than simply believe what someone told you when you were impressionable! (So some stuff here is ‘hot’. Proceed at your own risk!). See the Statement of Faith for John Mark Ministries' theological stance.

Bullying in our schools: what can be done?

Why Safe Schools program must be kept March 12, 2016 Farrah Tomazin The Sunday Age’s state political editor. Coming out in high school can be agonising at the best of times. The first step for me involved confronting the fear of being cast out by my mates or bullied by my peers, which is often […]

‘Ex-Gay Movement’: should it be government-regulated?

Calls to investigate ‘ex-gay’ movement January 17, 2016 Farrah Tomazin Brian Coogan believes the “ex-gay” movement remains an insidious part of Evangelical church. Brian Coogan spent much of his life searching for answers.

Review/summary: Anthony Venn-Brown: A Life of Unlearning (a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith). Revised ed., 2015.

‘Sitting on the edge of the cliff I cursed the day I was born.

Marriage Equality could unleash a rainbow recovery

Malcolm Turnbull should pursue free vote on gay marriage to boost economy Date September 15, 2015 Jessica Irvine Senior writer View more articles from Jessica Irvine Follow Jessica on Twitter Email Jessica Legalising same-sex marriage would spark an outburst of love, acceptance and celebration and an economic spike. Illustration: Kerrie Leishman. What the Australian economy […]

Village where girls turn into boys at puberty

The astonishing village where little girls turn into boys aged 12 In a remote village in the Dominican Republic girls become boys at puberty because of a rare genetic disorder Catherine and his cousin Carla photo credit BBC/Jon Sayers By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 20 Sep 2015 In every way, Johnny is physically and biologically […]

Review/summary: Changing our Mind, David P. Gushee, 2nd ed., 2015

Throughout history the three major branches of the Christian Church – Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant – have disagreed on many things, but they have shared a rare point of unity in their antipathy towards the ‘Christ-killing’ Jews. For two millennia this anti-Judaism/anti-Semitism was fuelled mainly by three New Testament passages: Matthew 27:25 (‘his […]

LGBTI Equality: a Pot Pourri of articles

Opposing same-sex marriage a denial of the greatest commandment The Revd Wayne Walters (

Traditional marriage: a bourgeois bargain for men

(‘Cheeky!’ Rowland) July 30, 2015 When same-sex marriage is legal, we

Gay marriage is not the foe of religious freedom

August 4, 2015 David Glasgow Marriage equality increasingly appears inevitable, but its opponents are using religious freedom to undercut the terms of the victory. Illustration: Andrew Dyson Australians should ignore the recent calls to water down our discrimination laws. As the question of same-sex marriage moves from if to when, opponents have shifted their attention […]

Same Sex Marriage vs Traditional Marriage

An excellent/irenic/well-researched article on Traditional understandings of Christian Marriage. See