Born This Way: Genetics and ‘Normality’

Rosienne Farrugia

The first scientific studies of homosexuality date back to the early 1800s. The original theories suggested that homosexuality was a disease and not unexpectedly these initial theories influenced the outlook of the scientific community and society in general for the next hundred years or so. In fact, during the first half of the twentieth century psychiatrist tended to consider homosexuality as a treatable disease that ...

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Faith & Love: Struggling Parents of LGBT Children

Mario Gerada

Parents of LGBT often find themselves stuck between what they perceive to be the love of a god and the love for their children. Their story is similar to that of an Iraqi migrant and a husband. He wanted to be a father. He encountered the living God or so he claimed, an encounter that transformed his life and that of his household. He believed ...

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LGBT Agenda is Setting the Tone!

David Cilia

I would have preferred the editorial team of zuntier.com to choose a less controversial theme for the first month of the year.   Nonetheless, this would probably be an issue in the upcoming general elections and so it is likely to be discussed in the public square very soon. From the outset, I would like to state that I appreciate the fact that LGBT Malta is ...

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(Ir)relevant Talk and Homophobia

Anton D'Amato

Words and images will for the following weeks acquire greater importance as we officially enter into an electoral campaign where the battle of the billboards, of slogans and perceptions will reign high for eight weeks non-stop. Politicians and parties will be constantly attentive to speak the right words and showing the best images in order to convince and persuade. Speech is not just important for ...

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Of ghouls, squash and (wo)men in red

Nadia Delicata

Among the less-celebrated joys of living in the Great White North is the predictability of the yearly calendar. Humid lazy summers lull you into sipping white wine while enjoying long barbecues with friends. Likewise, the frigid, desolate, hibernating winters make you seek the pleasures of hot cocoa while curled up with a good book or, better still, the company of good friends. Yet in between ...

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Is Hannukka the Jewish “Christmas”?

Sophia

The Hebrew word ‘Hanukkah’ literally means ‘dedication’ and its story takes us back to the events of the 2nd century BCE as described in the deuterocanonical books of 1 and 2 Maccabees. The eight-day festival begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, which normally falls somewhere in December in the Gregorian calendar. The background to the major events celebrated at Hanukkah ...

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Do They Know it’s Christmas in Connecticut?

Pyt Farrugia

Advent days are short, with the steady approach of midwinter bringing darkness and a diminution of light. And yet in the wake of last week’s tragedy in Connecticut, USA we need illumination now more than ever – a means of discerning the traces of God’s activity in our lives. People who claim that faith is a crutch, and see themselves justified in those remarks (by ...

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Life is a Journey not a Destination…

Nigel Camilleri

Upon pausing for a moment and looking back at what inspired me into entering into my profession I realise it was a journey which started long before I was even conscious of it. It was a journey which, over many years and after experiences of volunteering in different countries got me asking questions about life. Starting at the age of 19, I was given the ...

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Tolkien and Eucatastrophe: Towards Our True Port of Call

Justin Schembri OP

“Myth has always involved ways of telling stories that had special significance.  Myths change history into significant history.”  This is the power of literature: from birth to death, from damnation to salvation, our lives are full with meaningful stories.  “Philosophy and literature, therefore, belong together. They can work like the two lenses of a pair of binoculars. Philosophy argues abstractly. Literature argues too – it ...

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Faith or Brainwashing? Questioning Belief

Rosienne Farrugia

This month I have decided to go off on a tangent. But then, this is a blog so I guess going off at a tangent is acceptable. Last month I attended a talk at the University Chaplaincy entitled ‘Faith and Reason’ given by Fr Rene Camilleri. It was a very informal talk, just the type I like, with a number of people sitting casually around ...

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