About

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 (34yrs), and we have two wonderful boys in Jon and Hayden, and Jon has brought the lovely Anna 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.

13 responses to “About

  1. Hi Paul,
    Thank you for subscribing to Tarella Spirituality and for the mentions on Parallax. For once I didn’t feel like I was throwing words into cyber space
    where they were lost forever. But you probably are familiar with that feeling.

    No Thomas Merton on your major influences? That surprised me. I would have thought you had a lot in common.

    A lot of my current reading is feminist theology as I endeavour to understand the path of my spirituality – making sense of the choices I have made over the years as i prepare to write about it. .
    A book I have found valuable in reflecting on the Australian landscape is The Solace of Fierce Landscapes : Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality by Belden Lane.

    Paul, I’m delighted to make your acquaintance and thank you for the opportunity.
    Blessings to you and yours,

    Judith Lynch

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    • Hi Judith, sorry this took so long, but I was in a frenetic work phase. I have read Merton but haven’t adjusted my reading list. I have just finished reading Lane’s latest book – and as you may well be aware he’s coming to Australia this year. I haven’t read the one you mention, but will look it up as I am doing a Grad Dip in Spiritual Direction and my project is spirituality and the bush.

      glad to make your acquaintance too,

      blessings,
      paul

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  2. You are not in Bridgetown anymore 🙂

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  3. dmf

    thanks for your interest in syn-zero, afraid we tend towards the atheist/materialist end of the spectrum but perhaps we can be a bit of via negativa for you, have you checked out the work of John Caputo?

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  6. Pleased to meet you.

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