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Robyn J. Whitaker

Robyn J. Whitaker

Senior Lecturer in New Testament, Pilgrim Theological College, University of Divinity
I am a biblical scholar and historian with a particular interest in the contemporary use (and misuse) of the bible in debates about sexuality, gender and ethics. I have research expertise in apocalypticism and the related topics of end of the world speculation, martyrdom, and images of evil. I am published in the areas of the visual culture of the Graeco-Roman world, its impact on biblical rhetoric, New Testament, and Judeo-Christian apocalyptic literature.

'The blood of Jesus is my vaccine': how a fringe group of Christians hijacks faith in a war against science

Aug 06, 2021 09:51 am UTC| Insights & Views

The blood of Jesus is my vaccine read one of the signs at a recent protest against lockdown regulations in Sydney. While our tendency might be to roll our eyes at such ridiculous anti-science views, these sentiments have a...

Christmas is political, and always has been

Dec 29, 2020 14:36 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The biblical Christmas story, the one that announces the birth of Jesus, seems so sweet it can appear almost saccharine. It is so often told as a childrens story and a sentimental one at that. Yet it is deeply political...

Pray, but stay away: holding on to faith in the time of coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020 12:07 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Plagues of global proportions might seem biblical, but coronavirus is creating new challenges for faith leaders. Last week in Australia, many churches, mosques and synagogues decided proactively to cancel their normal...

Hell, no! Halloween is not 'satanic' – it's an important way to think about death

Oct 31, 2019 06:31 am UTC| Insights & Views Entertainment

American televangelist Pat Robinson once claimed children who celebrate Halloween were unknowingly worshipping Satan. Despite the absurdity that a child dressing up as a witch is devil worship, the idea that Halloween...

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Economy

Celtics' Freedom willing to educate Lebron James on using Nike, China issues

Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom said he is willing to speak with LeBron James about the criticisms he made on the latter for his sponsorship deal with Nike and silence on Chinas human rights issues. Freedom...

Burger King to simplify drive-thru menu to speed up lines

Restaurant Brands International, which owns Burger King, will cut some Burger King menu items to make their drive-thrus operate more quickly. According to Jose Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands, the company noticed Burger...

Rick Bayless, Smashburger collaborate to launch Chorizo Cheeseburger

Smashburger and Rick Bayless have teamed up to create a new delectable burger sandwich. The American chef and restaurateur and the fast-casual hamburger restaurant chain headquartered in Denver, Colorado, launched the...

McDonald's Ireland recalls popular product over food safety issue

McDonalds Ireland recently issued an urgent recall on one of its well-known food products. The fast-food giant warned its customers that there is an undeclared ingredient that could not be safe for some...

Walmart: Brett Biggs to step down as chief financial officer of the company

Walmart will be letting go of one of its executives that have been with the company for more than two decades now. It was reported that Brett Biggs, the current chief financial officer, is leaving and this was already...

Politics

Jill Biden unveils White House Christmas decorations

This year marks Dr. Jill Bidens first Christmas as the nations first lady as the White House recently unveiled this years Christmas decorations. Dr. Biden also unveiled the theme for this years set of Christmas...

Joe Biden hosts CEOs of major retailers at White House to discuss supply chain issues

With the holidays approaching, the world is also facing supply chain issues in the midst of many looking to do their shopping at this time. In an effort to address the issues, US President Joe Biden held a meeting at the...

Donald Trump reportedly looking through potential 2024 running mates

There is a lot of speculation that former President Donald Trump is set on launching another presidential bid following his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 elections. A recent report reveals that the former president is...

Kamala Harris to hold first meeting with National Space Council this week

US Vice President Kamala Harris is also the chair of the countrys National Space Council that is set to hold a meeting this week. This is also the first meeting of the National Space Council, with her as the chair. The...

Science

Pigeons consider safety, food availability in picking where to perch

Pigeons consider safety and food availability in picking where to perch, according to Keio University professor emeritus of animal behavior, Shigeru Watanabe. The finding could help cities manage pigeon...

Half of world's seabirds ingest plastic additives :study

An international team of researchers estimates that about half of the worlds seabirds have ingested plastic additives after studying 145 seafowls of 32 species from 16 areas of the world. Plastic chemicals such as...

Study shows plant-based meat has 'excessive' salt content

A UK-based lobby group found the salt content of plant-based meat products unnecessarily high, with over 75 percent of the products surveyed failing to meet the UK governments salt reduction targets. The researchers...

S. Korean watchdog assures clothing from recycled plastic bottles is safe

The Korea Consumer Agency concluded that clothes made with recycled plastic bottles generally have no safety concerns. The watchdog based its findings on durability and safety tests of five recycled polyester garments...

S. Korean scientists develop hydrogen fuel engines strong enough to power industrial drones

The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials has developed a 5-kilowatt hydrogen fuel engine that is strong enough to power industrial lift drones with a weight of 20 to 30 kilograms. The engine supplies hydrogen fuel...

Technology

‘Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific’ is getting 15 drop zones in the new map Caldera

Next week is going to be huge for Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone players as it is when the integration of the free-to-play and paid multiplayer games will start to take shape. One of the highlights of the upcoming...

Valve doesn’t plan on introducing Steam Deck-only games

Valve is the next video game company to release its gaming hardware, the Steam Deck. And Valve has already clarified it is not planning on making Steam Deck exclusive games. Video games exclusivity to certain platforms...

Twitch uses machine learning tool to detect channel ban evaders

Twitch launched a new safety-focused tool that leverages machine learning to identify users trying to evade channel-wide bans. This appears to be part of the Amazon-owned streaming platforms effort to address widespread...

iPhone SE 3 will reportedly launch in Q1 2022

Apple skipped the mid-range smartphone market this year, but things are reportedly going to change in 2022. The tech giant is rumored to announce the iPhone SE 3 in the early part of the year. The company has wrapped up...

‘Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker’ devs warn of server congestion at launch

The highly anticipated Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker expansion is finally just days away, and its launch is even closer for those with early access privileges. However, Square Enix issued an important warning ahead of the...
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