Take a look Around

By Grant Tungay S.J.
Fr. Russell Pollitt SJ last week in our bulletin piece spoke about Operation Fiela and suggested that this focus by the Government on immigrants as the root of the problem of xenophobia is misplaced. Fr Pollitt suggested that xenophobia has its roots in the fact ‘that many people in this country are angry, frustrated and hopeless because each day brings a new struggle to survive.’ If people in South Africa are angry, frustrated and helpless, and many are struggling to survive, how do we Christians respond to this crisis? What invitation is Christ extending to us here, in South Africa?

Fr Nick King in South Africa

The Jesuit Institute South Africa is proud to be hosting the New Testament scholar, Fr. Nicholas King SJ. Fr. King recently published a fresh new translation of the bible. He writes a weekly column on the Sunday Scriptures for The Southern Cross and is currently teaching at the Jesuit School of Ministry at Boston College in the USA. He has published extensively on the New Testament. Fr King will be in South Africa in June - July 2015 to lead the annual Winter Living Theology (WLT) around the country. His tour will be held in 5 cities, which will include Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town. He will also be offering public lectures at some South African Universities.  

The title of Fr. King’s lectures will be "The Scandal of Christian Disunity – a Biblical Approach".

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McKasier: The “Sin” of Faulty Logic?

(IOL News 15 May 2015)

By Grant Tungay S.J.

Eusebius Mckaiser outlines beautifully the merits of a secular and pluralist society like South Africa in a column he wrote entitled ‘Allow Maimane to think I am a sinner.’ Under section 15 of our Constitution, every person in South Africa has the freedom to hold any belief that they like, whether that belief is justified or not. It also specifically mentions the protection of religious belief. It may cause Mckaiser some discomfort to consider that atheist belief may also be specifically protected under the section 15 provisions regarding religious belief, seeing that atheism has as the object of its belief system the non-existence of God.