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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

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Suntory develops 100% plant-based PET bottle

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Politics

Iran not allowed to 'slow-walk' negotiations over nuclear deal, says US

Talks resumed last week with Iran about the nuclear deal in Vienna. The US has recently warned Iran against attempts to slow-walk its way in the ongoing negotiations. AFP reports that over the weekend, the US has warned...

South China Sea: There would be 'terrible consequences' if China invades Taiwan, says US

The increasing aggression of China, especially towards Taiwan, has become a cause of concern for other nations, especially the US. Washington has now warned that there would be terrible consequences should China decide to...

Capitol insurrection: Rep. Adam Schiff says John Eastman would be held in contempt for defying subpoena

Lawyer John Eastman, who drafted the infamous memo that detailed how then-vice president Mike Pence could overturn the 2020 election results, was subpoenaed by the House Committee probing the Capitol insurrection. Rep....

Nancy Pelosi says conservative Supreme Court justices need a session on the 'birds and the bees'

The Supreme Court has recently begun a hearing that could potentially overturn the ruling on Roe v. Wade, giving a woman the right to have an abortion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi weighed in on the hearing, criticizing the...

Science

New study shows drinking coffee, tea may reduce risk of dementia, stroke

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S. Korean researchers find use for apple peel and crab apple as natural pigment

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Technology

PAC-MAN COMMUNITY launches on Facebook Gaming with new ‘Play with Streamer’ feature

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‘Stalker 2’ may require 180GB of storage space on Xbox

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Samsung accidentally posts Galaxy S21 FE teaser on its support page

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Apple Watch Series 8 to reportedly launch with new rugged model

There may be three distinct models of Apple Watch launching in 2022. Aside from the standard Apple Watch Series 8, the company is reportedly planning to refresh the Apple Watch SE and introduce an all-new smartwatch with a...
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