Author Archives: stepheng

Religion and comics

I was rereading a short popular article I wrote a few years back on religion and comic books with a view to expanding it into something with a bit more academic depth and focus. Something that moves from simply describing … Continue reading

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Human Uniqueness and Technology: Are We Co-Creators with God?

Every now and then, Google Scholar (and other research sites) send an email to say someone’s referenced my PhD thesis in a publication. It’s a good way to keep track of other researchers who are also interested in theology, technology … Continue reading

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Youth Ministry Educators and “Networked Theology”

I was pleased to see a couple of references to the Networked Theology book in papers to be presented at the Association of Youth Ministry Educators 2017 conference in Dallas later this month. Angela Gorrell’s paper on integrating theological new … Continue reading

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2017 Loading Docs – Diversity

Loading Docs is a site I’ve blogged about before which showcases short documentary films from Aotearoa New Zealand. The 2017 films are now up on the site (along with all the previous years). The 2017 collection is themed around Diversity … Continue reading

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On Embryos and Spin | Center for Genetics and Society

An excellent op-ed piece on the way reporting of biotechnology is often reduced, unhelpfully and dangerously, to a “promise” vs. “peril” dichotomy. To do so ignores the many different positions that arise from competing (and misunderstood) values in the interactions … Continue reading

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For the past three days I’ve been attending the annual Theology and Communication conference THEOCOM17 at Santa Clara University in California. The conference describes itself as “A gathering of Theologians on Digital Communication” and this year’s theme is “Digital Shepherding: … Continue reading

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On the beside table

Looking forward to a few weeks of catching up on novels and audiobooks.    

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Latest issue of Gamevironments is out. Source: Gamevironments – Current Papers and Archive (2017)

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Gaming statistics (NZ)

Hunting around on the Internet over the past few weeks looking for some statistics on computer and video gaming in New Zealand. A few links so far: Digital NZ Report 2016: Games are popular mainstream media – NZ Game Developers … Continue reading

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Queen’s Birthday Honours

I am increasingly impressed with The Spinoff’s more in-depth coverage of politics at a local level than the mainstream media (TV or newspaper). Even if you don’t always agree with the conclusions of their articles, you certainly have a lot … Continue reading

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