Monday, January 26, 2009

Blognic and Book Launch snaps

A small but enjoyable blognic last night in Melbourne. Pictured below are Lutherans Pastor Fraser Pearce and Stewart (who, with me and Cathy, is Godfather to Fraser's son Daniel), Catholics Joshua and Justin, and Anglican Clare (a last minute addition to our group).

We went to a local Pizza restaurant in Brunswick before heading to the opening of the Catholic Bioethics Conference and launch of Dr Adam Cooper's book "Life in the Flesh". Here below is Adam and Fraser.

(Apologies for the quality of the pictures, I took them on my new Palm Treo.)

Afterwards we went back to my office for pipes and coffees. A good night!


At Wednesday, January 28, 2009 8:20:00 am , Anonymous matthias said...

In note that Dr Cooper's book addresses Gnosticism. I wonder if anyone has come across this web site They claim they are the descendants of the cathars from the Albigensian Crusades but I thought they had all been exterminated when the Church was in a stage of the Babylonian Captivity.

At Wednesday, January 28, 2009 11:35:00 am , Blogger Schütz said...

The interesting thing in his book is that Adam addresses what he calls "the new gnosticism" - a major difference between old and new being that at least the old gnostics basically accepted some notion of spirituality and some acceptance of the idea of revelation. The "new gnosticism" by contrast is pure materialism.

(I don't think he is speaking about the crazies among the new age set in this context, Matthias)

At Wednesday, January 28, 2009 11:51:00 am , Anonymous matthias said...

Thanks Schutz for this. I would be interested though in your thoughts if you ever get time to peruse the above web site. i think that they are a
? front for a gay organisation
? front for a pro euthanasia group
but they are quite anti catholic. they talk about people receiving knowledge as being essential for salvation ,rather than about salvation by Christ's death and Resurrection

At Wednesday, January 28, 2009 12:04:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

they talk about people receiving knowledge as being essential for salvation

Good Lord! A look at any collection of academics ought to disabuse them of that notion!

At Wednesday, January 28, 2009 12:32:00 pm , Anonymous matthias said...

The Gnostic tradition Louise,secret people's stuff,so secret that they do not know themselves!! This group say they are not gnostics ,and tell all New Agers to look elsewhere. Good smokescreen.


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