I mean, you can’t really blame them. They’re a young nation, after all and can’t be expected to have developed a truly civilized sensibility just yet. These things take time. And their cultural development has to have been somewhat stunted by the fact that they’re basically all the descendants of convicts. Not their fault, of course, and certain allowances have to be made. It can’t be easy being upside -down all the time. Add to that the fact that their TV channels don’t show anything apart from Neighbours and Home and Away and it is hard to feel anything for the poor souls but pity. (OK, it’s true that they’ve given the world Kylie Minogue and Bananas in Pyjamas, but those are the exceptions that prove the rule)
So I don’t want to be too hard on them. They have, after all, remained loyal subjects of the Crown (unlike some) and one has to concede that at least they can still spell, more or less. It is not a nation entirely without hope.
But Australia should beware that it’s fledgling civilization is threatened from within it’s academic institutions; still worse, by it’s theologians - the very people you might expect to have some shred of common morality.
In a post announcing Kim Fabricius’ new book, the cad Myers writes
Kim Fabricius’ delightful “propositions” are well known to F&T readers. Kim starting posting his propositions here back in early 2006 – and he went on to write dozens of posts, exploring everything from prayer and preaching, to hell and heresy, to pacifism and ecumenism, to Barth and baseball.
We’ll ignore the mangling our poor mother-tongue gets here. One doesn’t want to be patronizing. But one simply can’t ignore such bare-faced dissembling. This wanton deceipt has to be exposed, despite the pain it may cause to all concerned, for without truth we are all lost.
History will show that Mr Fabricius commenced posting his propositions not at Faith and Theology, but right here at connexions, on January 10th, in the year of of our Lord two thousand and six, with his Ten Propositions on Prayer. It wasn’t until a full month later that the first ‘Propositions’ post (Ten Propositions on the Trinity) appeared at Faith and Theology, cross-posted from here.
Of course, it is true that Mr Fabricius went on to do his propositions series at Faith and Theology with great success and it is from there that he came to his publishers attention. I’m not bitter. One scarcely expects loyalty from Americans. 1776 has left them with a deeply-scarred national pysche. But in all humility I feel I must refute this antipodean claim on the discovery of Revd Fabricius’ talents and introducing him to the blogosphere.