A Theology Of Freedom #1 Greece And Michelangelo

Michelangelo’s Last Judgement was first revealed 481 years ago on this date in 1541.

It shows saved souls ascending to heaven on the left and the damned descending to hell on the right. Jesus and Mother Mary are in the middle looking down, Mary looking right and Jesus looking left, with His hands turning in a way that suggests strong involvement and power on both sides.

Knowing where God’s gift of freedom will take us is never easy. Not enough freedom is tyranny and too much freedom is anarchy.

Yesterday after a mostly Greek ceremony remembering freedom, I told one of the Australian born leaders that I believe that combining the biblical ideas that the Truth will set you free and that God is Logos (word, discourse or reason) could lead to a theology of freedom.

The guy slimed warmly and said that he agreed.

As far as I was concerned he hade only agreed to the possibility of discussion of my line of argument. That was all I thought. I was wrong. I have received a cold, legalistic letter from one of his underlings demanding a partial retraction from me of what I published. Here is that partial retraction:

Is a better commitment to freedom through Logos what Christianity needs in a secularising age where lost frightened people are still in need of the moral foundations and consensus religions used to more easily provide?

Or are the Christians, who now sometimes receive favour and money from the secularists who attack their way of life, too scared to speak up for Logos and what that word really means?

With great sadness, but deep determination to honour the spirit of

A.the brave Greeks who condemned fascist demands in 1940,

B. of my father in 1945 when he faced Japanese bullets for freedom,

C. of his theologian father in the 1930’s who then spoke up against on the plight of the Jewish refugeees from Hitler’s persecution

D. and of my other theologian grandfather who spoke up in the 1940’sa for the united Nations where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) whose first signatories included Greece and Australia

I respect the guy’s right to be silent and anonymous and unknown but I don’t respect his rude failure to discuss an idea, the divine right to free speech, enshrined in both UDHR and the Bible.

“For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4-12)

Geoff Fox, 31st October dan seterusnya, 2022

Dancing For Freedom #1 Zorba Dance

Tarian Kemerdekaan = Dancing For Freedom.

Greek Joy in Australia, lead by one of Freedom’s preeminent multi-cultural women in Melbourne, Anastacia Ntouni, and her fellow Freedom politician, Angelique Matias.

The four women are celebrating OXI Day when the Greek Prime Minister Metaxas and his people stood up to Mussolini.

Anastacia Ntouni, (second from the right) and Angelique Matias (on the left of the picture).

God Bless Freedom

Geoff Fox 30th October, 2022, Down Under

Remembrance – Peringatan # 10 Lest We Forget – Heart To Heart

Afrim of Heart To Heart

Afrim is a man deeply committed to bringing people together with the beauty of flowers in a spirit of love.

But I sense that he is deeply concerned about what he sees in some people in his immediate neighbourhood and across Victoria and Australia. He says: “We are at war with our own politicians. But my friends in the freedom movement are now standing up for the moral values which the Anzacs and all other diggers fought for.”

In Afrim’s eyes, I see the same quiete, kind, thoughtful, family-based determination which I have been privileged to honour in my own father’s eyes from the time when dad was involved in fighting fascism in the 1940’s.

God Bless Afrim.

God Bless Freedom.

Geoff Fox, 19th August, 2022, Australia

Memorial Trees #2 An Aboriginal Reinvention Of The Dedication

When different cultures meet in a spirit of creative freedom, amazing things can happen.

In the following micro-movie made in his Wominjeka Garden earlier this week, Uncle Glenn Loughrey turned the soil for a memorial planting and found eight words which constitute brilliant insight into what the Australian tradition of memorial tree plantings can become.

Lest We Forget.

Bunjil watches over us.

Let Bunjil fly!

To resolve the differences between competing cultures, we must seek what’s good and keep away from what’s wrong. (Amar Makruf Nahi Mungkar)

Geoff Fox, 24th September, 2022, Naarm, Down Under

Lessons Of War #3 Fear Haunts Us

When actor Steven Kakatsis told me of the barbaric slaying of his 20 year old uncle in the 1940’s in the Greek Civil War, I heard a story of the past that resonated very deeply with me in this troubled modern world.

Steven told me what he saw in his uncle’s eyes and I looked into Steven’s eyes with my camera.

From a nation founded on the idea that all the people living on the continent now known as Australia could be ignored, here is a tiny filmic journey into the terrors of facing the unknown.

Geoff Fox, 17th September, 2022, Terra Nullius

I Will Tell My Story #1

This is a statement of five of the most important religious beliefs I hold.

(I publish it on the birthday of Robert Louis Stevenson, whose faith journey took him in the opposite direction to mine and who said “You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”)

  1. The truth will set you free.
  2. There is no god but God.
  3. Faith cannot be forced.
  4. Bunjil watches over us.
  5. In the beginning was The Word and The Word was with God and The Word was God.

Geoff Fox, 13th September, 2022, Melbourne, Australia

Memorial Trees #1 For Those Who Served And Suffered So We Could Be Free

Watch the hands of Aussie men in dancing dedication to commemorate the courage of those who kept us free.

This is not a very highly formalised planting and dedication of a Memorial Tree.

Its a relaxed meeting of friends in a small town in one woman’s front yard.

The way they go about this reflects the values of past heroes who served for their loved ones, for their country and for us. They often suffered terribly and were all ready to die for a good life together for everyone.

Lest We Forget

Geoff Fox, 8th September, 2022, Australia

Austral-Indonesian Tujuhbelasan #16 Aussie Slim Says Lets Be Friends

Aussie Slim backs friendship with Indonesia, and our other near neighbours, as the only way to go for Australia.

Aussie Slim is a dinki-di Australian bloke.

Almost no one else in Australia has been able to tune into my ideas about the cultural importance of building deep friendships and connections in our region as he has.

I reckon Aussie knows that when you put the strengths of Australian culture and values with the best of South-East And North-East Asian cultures and values, it is possible to come up with something even better than both.

Geoff Fox, 7th September, 2022, Down Under

Remembrance – Peringatan #9 All Our Mums

"IF WE GO TO MOTHER NATURE FOR CONSOLATION, SHE WON'T ALLOW US TO GO AWAY UNCARED." Javanese Women's Rights Pioneer, Raden Ajeng Kartini, 21st January, 1901

On this day, the 16th anniversary of the death of my mother, Margaret Fox, I have contemplated the meaning for me of motherhood in the Founders’ Garden at the historic building, Ercildoune, in Footscray, Australia.

Meditating on the meaning of motherhood at Ercildoune.

Lest We Forget.  

Geoff Fox, 6th September, 2022, Australia