In marshaling ideas and plans for social reforms, many believed that man is inherently good. Such view was championed by the Enlightenment philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1772-1778). The problem, according to him, is the society – it corrupts man in his own being. In result of that philosophy, Rousseau popularized his own maxim: “Man is born free, and… Read More Good News and the Problem in Man
Few weeks ago, a friend of mine who happens to be a colleague arrived at work at a strange time. At least, strange for me, since he usually arrives for work at around ten in the morning. But on that day, something different happened – he arrived at nine. Our work will last only for… Read More Does God only exist to inspire us?
A year ago, an opportunity opened to me to join a mission trip to another part of the world. Then I asked, “I’ll be on a team that will go to another part of the world?” That looked very exciting, but not until I began to think about how am I going to get there.… Read More God Ahead
In the previous post, we laid out a quick review of the first five chapters of the book entitled Counter Culture by David Platt. Now, for the second part, we are going to tackle its remaining chapters. In the sixth chapter, Platt tackles one of the most burning and divisive issue – the marriage debate.… Read More Book Review: Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age Pt. 2
“The world has gone mad,” one might think. But the reality is that it has been like this since the beginning. Although it seems to me that the problem may manifest or penetrate in different forms of issues, but nonetheless the same reality of the past, namely brokenness in different aspects of life, present itself to us. For… Read More Book Review: Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age Pt. 1
There is a debate about the role of science to the role of theology. (i) One camp thinks that both disciplines are impossible to reconcile, that is, either you (1a) accept science as objective and dismiss theology as opinion, or (1a) accept theology as objective and dismiss science as opinion. In other words, we should never regard both… Read More Book Review: One World: The interaction of Science and Theology
In the previous post, I’ve narrated about two aspects (out of the five), namely the struggle for power and the dream of a better world, which I thought to be necessary in understanding who Marx personally was, that is, far beyond his celebrated writings and pronouncements. This kind of inquiry, I believe, is important because Marx was… Read More Who was Marx personally: A brief history of a mean-spirited private life (Part 2)
Concerning ourselves with the thinkers of the modern times, Karl Marx (1818-1883), arguably, had the most impact on actual or concrete revolutions towards politics and, to how we might live (at least globally). Moreover, his ideas impacted “as well [the] minds of men and women, than any other intellectual in modern times,” says the renowned… Read More Who was Marx personally: A brief history of a mean-spirited private life.
The ball is on the court of the gender debate. To be more specific, it is on the issue of gender equality. On one hand, that’s the pressure. When the word equality is being used, the issue is more likely to be controversial. But on the other hand, who can blame anyone? Especially when the same word… Read More A thought experiment on the “gender discrimination” slogan
Although it’s already past Dec. 25, yet for Christians, the essence of Christmas will continue for all seasons. I’ve written about this one (last year), as to anticipate the subsequent year (i.e., 2016), in the title of Jesus is not only “the reason for the season”. That piece focused on the all-encompassing effect of Jesus’… Read More Few reflections on the Christmas narrative