Posts Tagged: Violence

‘The Referee’s a W*nker!’ | Sport and Divine Violence

April is the cruelest month… Easter always coincides with the culmination of the football season in Europe, and a number of things have been leading me to think about the nature of sports and games and their connection to aggression and violence. Enlightened religion is very big on peace and harmony, but I’ve begun to question

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Piss Christ | Sanitising Death and Torture

Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ is back in the news again after Christian fundamentalists took a hammer to a print of it in a gallery in France. If you’ve never seen the photograph ‘up close’ then I’d highly recommend it. It’s far more beautiful than the title suggests, and a subtle piece of trickster-work. It is

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What’s New for Video Games in 2011?

Oh yeah, killing, shooting, slaying, hunting. Same old, same old. Such a disappointment to read The Guardian’s ‘most anticipated titles of 2011‘ and find a gallery of the usual FPS mayhem. Disappointing because I get video games, I think. I admire the potential that they have. It’s just that they inhabit such a narrow range

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God Growing Up? – A Question from Other

Always interested to hear from people who’ve read the book – and I’m always pleased to respond to questions it may have raised too. One from the other day: I was very intrigued by your premise of a linear narrative of the way humanity’s relationship with God changes over time and even more by the

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Christiania | The Violence of Heaven [ 4 ]

Violence of Heaven [ 1 ] |  Violence of Heaven [ 2 ] | Violence of Heaven [ 3 ] According to Revelation – the apocalypic birth narrative of our future utopia – “when heaven is established, it will be a bloody business.” I have been trying to argue that any attempt to establish utopia

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Christiania | The Violence of Heaven [ 3 ]

Violence of Heaven [ 1 ] |  Violence of Heaven [ 2 ] In the previous post I ended with some thoughts about the options that utopian communities have when they have established a new purified space: they can either defend their space to stop dirt getting in, or move out from that space to

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