Zac Alstin

As a philosophy graduate Zac Alstin struggled to find a use for his skills and interests, but it took nearly two years in a corporate not-for-profit for him to finally realise that ‘usefulness’ was profoundly overrated. Likening his forced redundancy in late 2014 to Jonah being ‘vomited forth’ from the belly of a particularly nasty whale, Zac has since determined never again to succumb to such demeaning employment, and to put his time and skills into the service of higher ideals.

When he’s not busy helping the MercatorNet team as Associate Editor, Zac can be found working on his PhD in Philosophy of Religion, caring for his young son, writing freelance articles, or alternatively curing bacon, brewing beer, roasting coffee and baking bread as part of a long-term project to vindicate his deep desire for a better, more enriching way of life.

Zac lives in Adelaide, South Australia with his wife and son, from where he hopes to defy our dehumanising socio-economic system, achieve enlightenment, and make some really good rice-wine, though not necessarily in that order.

Zac blogs at

Sackcloth and ashes on Valentine’s Day
13 Feb 2018 | ABOVE |  
tags: humility, love, penance
When secular and religious observances collide.

Cosmic Christmas symbolism in the sweltering Southern Hemisphere
8 Dec 2017 | ABOVE |  
tags: Christmas, Pope Benedict XVI, symbolism
The poetry of religious meaning.

Same-sex marriage and the service-provider state
1 Dec 2017 | ABOVE |  
tags: autonomy, providence, same-sex marriage
Autonomy and authenticity are trending.

God writes straight with crooked lines
17 Nov 2017 | ABOVE |  
tags: contemplation, providence, same-sex marriage
Divine providence and same-sex marriage.

American mass shootings: are more guns the answer?
10 Nov 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: gun control, mass shootings, Second Amendment
An Aussie perspective on the Second Amendment.

Is Mark Zuckerberg the biggest dictator in the world?
1 Nov 2017 | CONNECTING |  
tags: Big Data, Facebook, privacy
Trump, Russians, and the fallacy of ‘free’.

Halloween and other nightmares
30 Oct 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: cultural change, Halloween, identity
What could be more authentically Australian?

Are we too tolerant of sexual assault?
13 Oct 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: feminism, hookup culture, sexual assault
‘Rape culture’, prudence, and double-standards.

Addiction and pornography: rediscovering virtue in the internet age
28 Sep 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: addiction, pornography, virtue
Questioning the nature and sources of happiness in our lives.

How much should we hate our enemies?
14 Aug 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: love, same-sex marriage, virtue
If the light in you is darkness...

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