May 2019

All posts published in May 2019

18 posts

Can we ‘meat’ halfway?

by (~6 min read)

With the rise of “meatless meat”, Chris Chatteris SJ considers the moral and social implications of substituting meat for something that tastes, smells and looks like the “real thing”. So-called ‘meatless meat’ is coming to a butchery and a fast-food outlet ne... More »

Does a bible belong in Parliament?

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Immediately after leading him in the taking of the oath of office, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gave the newly inaugurated President, Cyril Ramaphosa, the bible he had sworn on; and thus started a new Justice Mogoeng controversy. In a secular state such as So... More »

Terrorism and religious tastes

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The spate of attacks spurred by religious extremism is growing at an alarming rate. As Muslim believers the world over observe the sacred month of Ramadan, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya worries about the recurring need for revenge that religious hate can inspire. More »

The new asceticism

by (~5 min read)

Ancient ascetic ideas seem to be making a resurgence but, as Chris Chatteris reflects on an article recently published by a French sociologist of religion, it seems that it now has more secular than religious appeal. More »

No women deacons — for now

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Pope Francis’ comments on the ordination of women to the diaconate, given on an in-flight papal press conference this week, suggest that despite expectations of an announcement this week on the matter, disappointingly, a decision won’t be made now. More »

Why voting is not enough

by (~4 min read)

Many South Africans made a firm decision not to vote on 8 May given the bevy of corrupt politicians and the deplorable state of public infrastructure and services. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya was among these, as he writes. More »

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