Book review: Outgrowing God – a beginner’s guide

Richard Dawkins is undoubtedly one of the great science communicators of our age.  Starting with The Selfish Gene in 1976, he has produced a veritable library of books describing evolution in a range of vivid metaphors. Unfortunately along the way he inevitably...

Book Review: The Backhouse Lecture 2019

Animating Freedom: Accompanying Indigenous Struggles for Self-Determination, delivered by by Jason MacLeod This Lecture represents the results of a decade of reflection, practice, reading, conversations and walking. Since Jason’s first visit to West Papua in 1991, his...

Book review: On Eating Meat

I was impressed with the enthusiasm with which Yearly Meeting 2019 tackled Earthcare and climate change.  I was, however, was somewhat perturbed with the haste with which the Meeting supported the suggestion that future Quaker gatherings be fed only vegetarian or...

Book review: Can Religion Speak Truth?

The 2018 Quaker Lecture (Aotearoa/New Zealand) – Can Religion Speak Truth? – was written and delivered by Elizabeth Duke. Elizabeth has a distinguished ecumenical and Quaker heritage.  She was born into an Anglican family but joined the Religious Society of Friends in...