Category Archives: War

IS and the barbarism of war

The following is an op-ed I recently published in the Otago Daily Times about the barbarism of ISIS and how we might put it in context: The latest atrocity by Islamic State forces in Iraq in which a captured Jordanian … Continue reading

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Hey, mainstream media! Here are some pointers for doing your job

Dear Journalists of the Mainstream Media, It is fair to say that, pretty much exactly as in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, you have failed once again to fulfil your professional mandate and live up to even … Continue reading

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Swords into Ploughshares: A World Peace Day Sermon

The following is the text of the sermon I gave today at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin, as part of World Peace Day Sunday: May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, … Continue reading

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We’ve all failed Syria

Yesterday, I saw the report from the BBC Panorama team in Syria who witnessed the aftermath of a horrific attack in which an incendiary bomb was dropped onto a school playground. The images of children with napalm-like burns over their … Continue reading

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War Remembrance, Religion and Nation: A Photo Essay

I’ve been interested in the way societies remember war ever since I began to seriously study how war is socially constructed and legitimated. I have a fascination with war memorials and the kind of ‘banal militarism’ they represent and engender. … Continue reading

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Scripture Readings for the Modern Military

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with great military might. (Psalm 29: 11) Turn from evil and do good; seek security and pursue it with swords and chariots. (Psalm 34: 14) He will judge … Continue reading

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My Last Remembrance Day Service

I don’t know why I did it. Deep inside I knew it would be painful and upsetting, but I went along anyway. I guess I had hoped that Remembrance Day events in New Zealand would be a little less militaristic, … Continue reading

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