Reason to believe

Review by NICK MATTISKE

BOOK | GOD IS NO THING: COHERENT CHRISTIANITY | RUPERT SHORTT

There is a strain of English Christianity that sees faith as entirely reasonable and sensible, like packing an umbrella when the weather looks inclement.

We see it ...

Born to preach

Review by GARTH JONES

TELEVISION | PREACHER | MA

Critic Adam Marshall, writing for Christianity Today, characterises AMC Television’s adaptation of cult graphic novel Preacher as being part of the presently popular vanguard of superhero entertainment.

Reflecting upon these stories as miracle ...

Please disturb

Review by Bob Faser

BOOK | DISTURBING MUCH, DISTURBING MANY: THEOLOGY PROVOKED BY THE BASIS OF UNION | GEOFF THOMPSON

Since 1977, there have been numerous studies of the Basis of Union of the Uniting Church in Australia. Nevertheless, this recent ...

Back to basis

Review by Rev Dr Craig Thompson

BOOK | MANIFESTO FOR RENEWAL | ANDREW DUTNEY

A good history is informative, sobering and inspiring. Rev Prof Andrew Dutney’s 2016 revised and expanded edition of his 1986 Manifesto for Renewal is such a history. ...

Bigger than…perhaps, but not better than

Review by Penny Mulvey

FILM | BEN-HUR | M

It is a brave director who takes on the might of a movie so iconic for its size and excesses that it is part of our lexicon.

The 1959 version of Ben-Hur won ...

Faith in science

Review by Garth Jones

BOOK | CONFRONTING RELIGIOUS DENIAL OF SCIENCE: CHRISTIAN HUMANISM AND THE MORAL IMAGINATION | CATHERINE M. WALLACE

In last June’s Crosslight, I reviewed Prof David Tacey’s Beyond Literal Belief: Religion As Metaphor. Tacey’s book characterised the Bible ...

Traveller’s tales

Book | People, Places and Planes: Presidential Field Notes and Reflections | Andrew Dutney

Review by DAVID SOUTHWELL

The alliterative title promises a blur of meetings, travel and activity, which is what you largely get in this collection of Andrew Dutney’s on-the-go articles, speeches, ...

Busting stereotypes

Film | Ghostbusters | PG

Review by GARTH JONES

If you’re not a reader of online social media, you may be happily unaware of a toxic strain of male ‘geek’ known as a Men’s Rights Activist (MRA). MRAs see themselves as ...

Healthy belief

Book | The Art of Interfaith Spiritual Care: Integration of Spirituality in Health Care Regardless of Religion or Beliefs | Walter Blair Stratford

Review by TONI EREBOR

The pattern for this book is shaped on recognition that, while religious expressions differ markedly in ...

Digging for the truth

Movie | Goldstone | M

Review by PENNY MULVEY

There is something remarkably familiar about Ivan Sen’s latest cinematic masterpiece, Goldstone, and yet disturbingly strange.

Australian outback movies have been entertaining and horrifying audiences for many decades, but Sen brings a fresh ...