Entries by David Billing

Seven Questions that Define Your World, Part 3: Deism

Do you believe that God’s nature is discoverable through the study of nature? And, that God cannot be known through divine revelation and/or special acts in history? Well then, you may be a deist! But how does Deism differ from Christianity? This article will walk you through a Deist’s position on important questions such as ‘what does it mean to be human’ and ‘what happens to a person at death’.

Seven Questions that Define Your World, Part 1

The content we watch and consume has a power to shape ourselves and our imaginations. To resist being molded by the world, one should know the truth and be able to identify worldly wisdom and deceptive philosophies in the day-to-day. So how does one go about this? In this article we look into the topic of worldviews, and how to recognise ideas that are seeping in and slowly fermenting and molding us into a direction we don’t want to go.

Fool’s Gold

This is a guest post by Lachlan Gordon, one of our newest writers at TM. The Psalmist reports the fool saying there is no God. The Atheist, meanwhile, declares the Christian the fool. Who, then, is the fool? Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was, according to Voltaire, the ‘father’ of the scientific method – the method of […]


Author: Lukas J. Wilde. Translation is Impossible!!!!! (Or is it?) In a scene of Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart, Shizuku laments her slide into cynicism. The difference in her monologue in the dub and in the subtitles is subtle, and both touch the same notes. However, the Shizuku of the subs closely pairs her […]

2016 – The Year in Review

Thinking Matters 2016 – The Year in Review Hello everyone, the year just gone has been an amazing year for Thinking Matters up and down the country and God has blessed us abundantly. To remember all that has happened, here is a brief summary of 2016 for Thinking Matters. February Thinking Matters Team-talk – Auckland […]

Jesus the Game Changer 5 of 10: DEMOCRACY

This is the fifth post in a series of posts running parallel to weekly screening of the series Jesus the Game Changer on Shine TV. Democracy and Christianity Democracy in America In 1831 a Frenchman named Alexis de Tocqueville traveled to America to undertake a study of American Society. He wanted to understand why the French democratic experiment […]