Random musings

Outer Context

After a four week discussion on the name of this blog, we have finally taken the plunge and started with Outer Context.  It is an oblique reference to our intention to theologise in a way that responds to issues in the contemporary context, and that does just to the context of our faith.  The term ‘outer’ is not only a reference to the likelihood that we will take things out of context, but it is also a reference to the fact that we are likely to be a little “out-there”.  For those interested, we tried:

– Out of Context (taken)

– Unauthorised (taken)

– Alphacrucians (dweeby)

– Scholarshite (cool – but rude)

and a thousand others.  The main problem is that almost any name you can think of is taken.  Since we have not yet gone too far down the track, i guess you can tell us whether you like or hate the name, and suggest any alternatives.

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Shane is an ethicist and theologian, Honorary Associate for the Centre of Disability Research and Policy, the University of Sydney, and Assistant Director, Policy, at the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation against People with Disability. Shane is proudly disabled, and an occasional blogger on


  • Matt Anslow
    June 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I liked scholarshite…

    Or you could have gone with “Clifton’s Notes.”

  • Jenn Harding
    June 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I like Alphacrucians – it says who we are! And if you think it’s dweeby, then do you think the college name is dweeby?!

    The dictionary definition of dweeb is: “A person regarded as socially inept or foolish, often on account of being overly studious. ”
    I think we fit this description rather well myself….

  • Andrew Tenni
    June 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    +1 Scholarshite!!
    …or Crapademia – but then my academic reputation isn’t on the line 🙂

  • Shane Clifton
    June 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Fair call Jenn – and i think i do satisfy that definition!

  • Craig Benno
    June 20, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I like the name and the intent of this blog. I look forward to seeing where this may go.

  • Deborah Taggart
    July 2, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I like it, well done! And isn’t God oriented to the outsiders, to bring them into the ultimate banquet (not a KFC plug)?! 🙂


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