Michael F. Bird

The Rev. Dr. Michael F. Bird is deputy principal, director of research, and lecturer in New Testament at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He can be followed @mbird12 on “X” and on his blog michaelfbird.substack.com.

Posts by Michael F. Bird

Mary’s Son, the Genius

It’s wrong to reduce Jesus to a moral teacher or mere philosopher. Jesus was not a wordsmith selling word salads, nor a crank peddling new ideas, nor a sophist showing off his rhetorical verve, nor an intellectual establishing his own academy à la Plato. Continue Reading...

Threats to Religious Freedom in Australia

Australia is a liberal democracy and commonly celebrated as a model of multiculturalism. Its legal framework could be described as a Westminster appropriation of American republicanism. Section 116 of the Australian constitution states: “The Commonwealth [federal government] shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.” Continue Reading...