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Entries from December 31st, 2009

Auckland Bloggers Drinks – This Thursday

December 31st, 2009 4 Comments

On the first Thursday of every month, Auckland bloggers gather for the B3 (Bloggers Bar Bash). What: Auckland Bloggers Drinks When: Thursday 7 January from 6.30pm Where: Galbraiths, 2 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, Auckland The B3, as it coined by regulars, is open to anyone who happens to be in Auckland. Past blogging celebrities […]


A Response to The Dunedin School’s “Thinking in Tatters: Moral Relativism and Hidden Objectivist Assumptions”

December 29th, 2009 7 Comments”>a

A while ago I did a series of semi-popular posts on moral relativism beginning with Cultural Confusion and Ethical Relativism I. These posts grew out of a talk I gave in Tauranga in 2008. Later I presented essentially the same talk at Laidlaw College for Thinking Matters Auckland which was posted on You Tube and […]

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Top 10 NZ Christian Blogs – October 09

December 26th, 2009 21 Comments

The Top 10 New Zealand Christian Blogs for October 09 are as follows: [1.] MandM 14.5 (3 – 26) [2.] NZ Conservative 17 (5 – 29) [3.] MacDoctor Moments 17.5 (18 – 17) [4.] Something Should Go Here, Maybe Later (HalfDone) 19 (10 – 28) [5.] Say Hello to my Little Friend (Beretta Blog) 21.5 […]


Merry Christmas: Mary’s Magnificat

December 25th, 2009 2 Comments

Given that it is Christmas day we thought we would post Mary’s Magnificat,  Mary’s response to  learning she would bear a child, Jesus. The passage is so called because in the Latin Bible in verse 47 of Luke 1 (Luke 1:46-55) it begins with the words magnificat animum mea dominum, which means, “My soul magnifies […]

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Does Abortion Benefit the Fetus? A Critique of Himma Part 2

December 24th, 2009 7 Comments

In my previous post, Does Abortion Benefit the Fetus? A Critique of Himma Part 1, I discussed Kenneth Einar Himma’s argument that even if a fetus is a human being, laws permitting feticide are compatible with the harm principle.I elaborated an important objection to Himma’s argument, an objection articulated by Mark Murphy, which appeals to […]

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Name Suppression and the Balancing of Rights and Freedoms

December 22nd, 2009 4 Comments

God, via the consent of the governed, gives authority to the state to administer justice against those who violate the rights and freedoms of others. Given this, it is important that the citizens can see that justice is being done. My fellow blogger WhaleOil’s very public battle with New Zealand’s name suppression laws and the […]

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Philosophers’ Carnival XCXI

December 21st, 2009 9 Comments

Welcome to MandM, a New Zealand based philosophy of religion, ethics, theology, jurisprudence and social commentary blog, hosts of the XCXI edition of the Philosophers’ Carnival. We have a good selection of philosophy readings for your holiday perusal, so take a look around and enjoy.

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