Often times, when I choose to do the things I want, I often hear people approve by saying: “As long as that makes you happy, then go for it.” I bought that kind of thinking. That is, by making decisions in the pursuit of the easy and accessible pleasures. I mean, who wouldn’t want to… Read More Happiness is the goal?
Beginning in the Renaissance, the belief in the non-existence of a personal God grew in an unprecedented way. Provoked by the methodic doubt of René Descartes, to the attack against the miraculous by David Hume, to the impossibility of attaining a real knowledge (noumena) by Immanuel Kant, to the questioning of the objectivity of language… Read More Has the Gardener showed up?
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
Among the popular words in the spiritual aspect, faith comes at the top of the list. The term itself is pregnant with several meanings, some of which are very condescending. For example, according to the writer and humorist Mark Twain: “faith is believing what you know ain’t so.” That is, believing something you really have… Read More Legacy and Faith
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
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