Christmas raises great theological questions. Who is God and what is God like? How does God make things right in a dark world? Where is Jesus and what he is doing?
Faith and reason
Ian Harris looks back on 16 years of columns in the Otago Daily Times and commends the role of faith, properly understood, in our secular world.
It is a curious, and somewhat alarming, observation that our "metamodern" age is one characterised by anger, conflict, and retribution. Indeed, much is being written about things like "rage culture...
The Springbok rugby team has shown we can achieve anything if we work together, writes David Tombs.
Ian Harris tells how the brain, the ocean and protesting young fused in a moment of serendipity.
In trauma and in tragedy, we can also experience the very best of humanity, writes Lynne Taylor.
The power of forgiveness converted the bitterest of religious enemies in Nigeria into champions of peace and tolerance. Ian Harris reports.
What does it mean to be a priest — or to be a baptised Christian — in the modern world?, asks James Harding.
Rugby is often called "the New Zealand religion". Ian Harris asks: How well does it stack up?
Does religion really poison everything, Adam Dodds asks.
Murray Rae asks if justice has been served at Ihumatao.
Outrage and a rush to judgement dominate the space opened by Israel Folau's tweet about homosexuals and hell. Ian Harris asks: What does that tell us about ourselves?
You can live with contradictions and setbacks, and life can still sparkle, writes Jenny Beck.
Katie Mercer reflects on new semesters, new perspectives and ancient texts.
Abolishing abortion is a worthy moral goal, says Ian Harris. The question is how to get there.
What is hate speech, asks Richard Dawson.
Languages and all our cultures have equal value and can be used to praise God, writes Paul Treblico.
Today the House of Islam occupies a space somewhere between the old world and the new, say a current and a former muslim, and choices must be made. Ian Harris reports.
It is time we listen to God, writes Ivan Grindlay.
New Zealanders must resist the divisions created by intolerance of diversity, writes Don Moffat.