Welcome to parallax. I’m Paul, to many I am Rev. Paul. I am an ordained priest working in the Anglican Diocese of Bunbury, Western Australia. I live in the community of Carey Park a suburb of Bunbury.
I am married to Lyn (36yrs), and we have two wonderful boys in Jon and Hayden, and Jon has brought the lovely Anna into our lives, while Hayden has brought the lovely Bobby-Jo into our lives.
My past formal studies include Biblical and cultural anthropological studies at WABC, comparative religion and philosophy at Deakin University, and theology at Murdoch University. I also have a dip. in Spiritual Direction (Dayspring) and a cert. in Professional Supervision (SupervisionWA). I have recently completed a Vet Quailification at TAFE – the TAE4011. I have completed a Grad. Dip. in Spiritual Direction at Dayspring.
My interests are broad and I have a number of hobbies. But here at parallax I am focussing on theology, philosophy, spirituality and how these engage the world. My title parallax is an admission that there are different views from where we stand.
Some (where do I begin and where to end?) of my major influences include Augustine, Thomas Aqinas, Meister Eckhart, John of the Cross, Hegel, Marx, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, J.A.T. Robinson, John Main, William Stringfellow, Sallie McFague, Slavoj Zizek, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Michel Foucault, John Milbank, George Monbiot.
I am particularly interested in how silence and contemplation enable compassion and engagement. Other interests are social justice, inter-faith dialogue, environmentalism, and community development, all, of course, intertwined.