Saturday, August 13, 2005

Saturday-13 August 2005

Had an average sleep last night. Naturally woke up at 8 am before taking bath and teeth brushing. Checked up Geisler's view on Jacques Derrida from BECA before looking into William Lane Craig's view on apologetics in the Counterpoint series. Was thinking to have coffee with a fren, but she has to attend some birthday dinner. Went for lunch at Tan Boon Liat building and met Ben from SKS. We talked about the some liberals movement and was joined by Simon, another staff from SKS.

Simon made a negative remark on the pursue of Xtian intellectualism which inevitably was criticised by me. Obligated not to disown a brother over intellectual matters, i submited to his frustrated fideism. Without any grudge, we walked to his workplace and headwards to our business.

Curiously, i picked up Alister Mcgrath's Scientific Theology, desired to acquire some insight onto the subject, while exploring a rather different view on theology.

Then to apologetic session to pick up William Lane Craig's Reasonable Faith to satisfy my curiousity on the conclusion chapter titled "The Ultimate Apologetic".

It was surprising that the ultimate apologetic, according to Craig, isnt any academical matter but this:

"...The ultimate apologetics: Your life!"


Striked me deep down all the way to the toe nail. I thought that Craig would have thought of some apologetic methods that is ultimate in academic arena, but i was wrong. It wasnt any academia but life itself is the ultimate method to apologise. *sigh* Supreme Systematic Apologetics still?

I think, if God is willing, i would have another strange conversation later.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Today- 8 August 2005

(Untitled artpiece by Joyce Chia)


Yesterday, Pearlyn told me there is a warehouse sale of books at Expo. Went there but found nothing that i want, therefore bought nothing.

Was at Kinokuniya's philosophy corner yesterday. Saw Popper's Open Society, which Yennie read. Saw also Wittgenstein's Tractatus, saw Betrand Russell's series of works, saw Descartes's works as well. Every books were right there in their places, just like 3 months ago. What was missing is someone; one that bears more significance than all those philosophers.


Passerby's Touch

A time when books were red and white;
Were it not for a passerby;
Who haul for one while ignores content;
But gaze with awe and touch with her hand.

Her touches are light;
Yet motionly wide;
With a mark she left;
On the book's inward breast.

The mark turned sore with tears and bleed;
Rewinding the touch that's preciously deep.

Where is the hand?
Where is its mistress?
It is there, it is there,
Walking away to another fair.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

New Room

Dear all:

I'd moved to Tiong Bharu, not staying at Pasir Ris anymore.

Sorry, no room-warming party...save me from being chop by the owner.

SKS and Golden Village Cineplexes are just 10 minutes walk from my place... caught the 9:45pm show-"Fantastic 4"-last night... so convenient!

Well, the show's not bad, but it condemns the belief in God even in the first few minutes of the show until the end of it- therefore it is not bad, just worst.

*sigh*

Can't Hollywood spare the young people from lies?
Or is it that there wouldn't be anymore thrill and excitement in life without lies?
So much lies getting lose in the streets.
Worst, it extents to every part of the society; lies in work; lies in relationship; everything seems to be stained by lies.

How true can a business be? Corporate transparency?- forget it
How long does a lover's confession stands?- "I love you"- is there anymore meaning left than mere pleasure?

I talked to one of the officer in ITE* centre yesterday. When i asked him what is the worst influence (stimulation) that prevents the young from having passion in technical academics; He said,"first, is the cinema; second, is the internet. Both are powerful distractions to the young."

How can LIES help us? No way in anyway.

We need truth, the society needs truth, corporations need truth, schools need truth, Boy-Girl Relationship needs truth... Without truth, no meaning, no objective, no ultimate purpose can be found on anything at anywhere in anytime. WIthout truth, there is no more substance in life. May may object by saying that lies give us thrill and excitement in life. But hello??!!..WAKE UP!..Even with thrill and excitement, life would not be life anymore without its substance. What thrill and excitement would that be except superficiality? And by the way, who says Life without lies is thrilless and non-excitement? What a deprived objection.


Dearest Truth, Way and Life:
"Be Thou my vision;
Be Thou our vision."



*ITE- Institute of Technical Education is a branch of technical schools which meant to develope the young who have more potential in contribution of technical support to the society. Those who are not keen in papers-academics can be further harvested in this centre as well.