The abuse of odds ratios and psychosis.

Repeat a hundred times: correlation is not causation. The odds ratios look good. But the rate of serious mental illness (Schizophrenia, Bipolar and schizoaffective disorder) was 50/100 000 in this cohort of male conscripts. Most people with low emotional stability (ie, the neurotic) and social immaturity did not develop psychosis. Read More

Impudent, stubborn, and in error [Ez 1]

There are going to be many who will not listen, and will not believe in the word. Particularly when it is bleak. They want to be told that everything is going well... when we are in crisis. They want to be told they are beautiful and enlightened when… Read More

People, people, people.

The NZ Budget is out, and the greens are livid. Their favourite means of spending and controlling is the environment. It is their useful myth: when the data indicates their models for global warming are wrong it becomes climate change. I am not a… Read More

Keep calm and preach on [Mt 28]

In Christ, we have a command, a mission. It is to go to all nations and make disciples. It is not the narrative of this age. All that we do should bear witness to Christ, so that our lives will bring people to faith without a word being spoken. But… Read More

The mantle of heaven.

Time to compare and contrast. A state that is legitimate gains its authority from God, who appoints the magistrates (see Rom 15). When a state excludes the divine then it loses the mantle of heaven. Literally. And there are consequences. The… Read More

Allah has made them idiots [James 5]

We had farewelled Bruce yesterday at the funeral and the tea was being served when one of my sons came up to me and said that there was a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. I did not know who she is. A stepson decided to clue in the… Read More

The narrative is exhausting [Lk 11]

The effort required to be a person of the lie is so great that it saps all will, removing any discernment, and leaving no energy for pursuing truth, or honour, or beauty. It leaves no energy for affection, and there is no room left for love. For love requires that we acknowledge the truth of our nature and the nature of our beloved. Instead the elite require we speak against nature, against God and against love, so that we may be seen as inclusive. Read More