Zac Alstin

Zac Alstin is a writer, editor and stay-at-home dad to two marvellous children, in Adelaide, South Australia.

His hobbies include martial arts, making things at home, and contemplating the underlying nature of reality itself.

Being by turns contrarian and irenic, Zac has spent far too much time, or maybe not enough, both looking for answers and progressively discarding them.

Zac is Associate Editor of MercatorNet. He also blogs at

Are fantasy stories worth telling?
28 Feb 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: fantasy, literature, spirituality, The Lord of the Rings
The spiritual significance of fantasy themes.

Everyday heroes: the real-world meaning of our most popular stories
12 Jan 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: fiction, superheroes, virtue
Even Marvel teaches us about vice and virtue.

Drain the swamp: Trump and the mandate of heaven
11 Nov 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Donald Trump, Election 2016, political narrative
Regime-change in the USA.

How we vote: the difference temperament makes
2 Nov 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2016 elections, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, temperaments
Why do we find it so hard to understand our friends' choices?

Democracy and providence: does political participation trump religious faith?
10 Oct 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: democracy, faith in public life, persecution of Christians
Holding your nose might not be enough.

The ancient Greeks knew what makes Donald Trump tick
27 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: choleric, Donald Trump, psychology, temperaments
Introducing the perfectly choleric man

Homophobia, masculinity, and violent young men
21 Jul 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: hate crime, homophobia, masculinity
Are anti-gay hate crimes motivated by hate?

Free speech and revolving leadership
15 Jul 2016 | CONNIPTIONS |  
A pattern emerges...

The new normal of Aussie politics
14 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australian politics, elections, political pessimism
Can you spot the pattern?

Meet Theresa May, Britain’s new prime minister
13 Jul 2016 | CONNIPTIONS |  
Another day, another tumultuous change in politics.

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