Category Archives: La condition humaine

De geesteswetenschapper als ontmaskeraar van machtsmythes

Dit artikel verschijnt binnenkort in Radix, waar het zal prijken tussen modaal-epistemische argumenten voor het bestaan van God, discussies over intelligent design en artikelen met ‘Dooyeweerd’ in de titel. Helaas zonder Dooyeweerd, maar mét Walter Wink en Richard Beck en … Continue reading

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Dutch Protestant Church files complaint against state for its treatment of illegal immigrants

It’s so easy to be cynical about Christianity, particularly in its institutionalised form, that I was almost shocked when this week’s news made me cheer for the Church not just once, but twice. First, there was the consistently awesome Pope … Continue reading

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On the homeless and other noble savages

I suppose it’s not very original, but I’m a great fan of Shane Claiborne. His book The Irresistible Revolution is one of the most challenging and inspiring things I’ve ever read, despite the ubiquitous descriptions of Shane’s eyes filling with … Continue reading

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We’ve come a long way

It’s tempting to think that the world is a pretty terrible place. And it’s tempting to think of yourself and your fellow human beings (OK, mainly your fellow human beings) as inclined to all evil and incapable of doing anything … Continue reading

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On ‘modesty’, the purpose of breasts, and other things.

A while ago, I read an article about the evolution of breasts. I’m not terribly interested in breasts, but the article nicely confirmed my suspicion that evolutionary psychology has very little do do with evolution or science in general and … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey and Dominique Strauss-Kahn: the point of view of the privileged

I’ve been watching a lot of Downton Abbey over the holidays, although, as the series progressed, my reasons to keep watching gradually reduced to just Twenties Fashion + Maggie Smith. I could complain about the weird discrepancy between narrated time … Continue reading

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in excelsis / Kamp Zeist

Up high there are no angels, just faces behind bars, sharp silhouettes in lighted windows. There’s a fence decorated with barbed wire and wilted flowers. Behind that, a no man’s land that we try to bridge with candlelight and Christmas … Continue reading

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