Why I didn’t watch The Passion of the Christ (again)

During our Doctrine class today, the lecturer, Michael Jensen, showed a clip from Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. It was a clip that had been shown last term in another Doctrine lecture by a different lecturer and at the time I, and others in the class, had found the clip quite confronting. The… Continue reading Why I didn’t watch The Passion of the Christ (again)

A Fork

Words are like cups or forks or jumbo jets or carpet. The ontology of language is not to be separated out from general ontology. Theories of language have been betwitched by Platonic ontology. The assumption that language is essentially about reference is just another manifestation of the Platonic ontological claim that the essence of a… Continue reading A Fork

Graven Images

Movies borrow the emotionally situating power of music, add that to the identity-shaping power of narrative, and mold them both onto a visual representation that appeals to our criterion of truthfulness. - that's almost certainly a convenient simplification, but something along these lines is happening. The danger (is it a danger? or am I just… Continue reading Graven Images


There is an overgrown garden just outside the tiny village of Laurel Hill, in the Snowy Mountains. Not much is known of the history of this garden, I've heard that it used to be a Cobb & Co Hotel in the days of Early Australian Settlement. Whatever buildings once stood there are now long destroyed.… Continue reading Landscaping

Cinema and Seeing

Moving Pictures, Cinema, Television - that whole realm of art - is arguably the greatest artistic innovation of the last century. During this time many forms of artistic endeavor found new forms of expression. Technological progress enabled new ways of production, recording, and distribution of art. However, and I'm willing to admit that I haven't… Continue reading Cinema and Seeing