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Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Fides Quaerens Intellectum: Faith seeking understanding

The MandM blog addresses philosophy of religion, ethics, theology, jurisprudence and social commentary from a Christian perspective, with a distinctly kiwi twist. MandM utilise a deliberate blend of academic and popular writings, share snippets of their lives, blogging tips and mix it up with a good measure of dry humour in the hope that there will be something accessible for everyone in their pages.

MandM feature at the higher end of the New Zealand blog rankings and are consistently listed in the top 10 New Zealand Christian blog rankings (which they also run).

Who are MandM?

Matt and Madeleine FlannaganDr Matthew and Madeleine Flannagan have been married for 11 years and have 4 children. They are Evangelicals, with Reformed leanings and are currently members of the Presbyterian Church. Both are adult converts and were not raised in Christian families. Politically they are both Classical Liberals, Madeleine is slightly more libertarian in the outworking of her theology; neither have political party affiliations.

Both were founding members of civil liberties student group, Student Choice, national leaders of tertiary student pro-life organisation, Students Organised to Uphold Life, and board members of research think tank, The Locke Foundation. They were elected as President and Vice-President of the University of Waikato’s Student Union. Currently they run Thinking Matters Auckland, an Apologetics organisation promoting the rational defence of the Christian faith and they write the column, Contra Mundum, for Investigate Magazine.

MandM are available for public speaking, debates, lectures, symposiums - see videos of some of their talks here. They can speak on a wide range of topics including critical thinking & logic; ethics; apologetics; worldviews; theology; hard questions. Matt is available for preaching. Both have years of experience talking to audiences both lay and academic and can pitch their topic to suit any audience from children through to university level.

Dr Matthew Flannagan holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Otago, a Masters with First Class Honours and a Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Waikato. He is currently an adjunct lecturer in Philosophy for both Laidlaw College and Bethlehem Tertiary Institute. He is seeking full-time academic employment in either Philosophy or Theology and will consider vacancies anywhere in the world; contact Matthew if you are interested in his resume.

His area of expertise is the interface between Philosophy and Theology, Applied Ethics and Worldviews. He has formally debated Dr Zoe During (formerly of the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand) and Dr Bill Cooke (then President of the New Zealand Association of Rationalist Humanists). His publications appear in several international journals of philosophy, theology and ethics.

Madeleine Flannagan began studying Law at the University of Waikato and is completing her LLB through Auckland University currently. She has a strong interest and background in philosophy of law and in civil liberties and intends to undertake a Masters Degree at Auckland University in Jurisprudence.

Contact MandM here.

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Matt's Profile
Madeleine's Profile

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