Sunday, January 22, 2006

Christian Existentialism Found

Today there was a scenario in the church that protrays the emergent of Christian Existentialism in the early 20th century. The scenario goes this way between Louis (chairman of the youth commitee) and Joel (one of the youth):


Louis: Where/how does prayer begins? Joel, what's your answer?

Joel: er... begins with "dear God..."

Louis: No. Prayer begins with us. Prayers begin with you and me.


Joel's answer represents the dead orthodoxy of the late 19th and early 20th century where Christianity has lost its theology to the critical inquisition and higher biblical criticism of the liberals. The gospel was been seen as a mere work of morality and good works. In James Sire's word, Christian theology was some kind of theological nihilism. Then rised the neo-orthodoxy (Karth Barth & Emil Brunner etc) that worked out a theology that is existential. Though Soren Kiekargaard was the first who founded this form of theology, it is not until the 20th century for it to came into wide recognition.

But then, neither are the right answer to Louis' question. The right answer was later presented by Ps. Peter Poon: "Prayers begin with God".

Thursday, January 19, 2006

I am an 'Anselm'

According to that quiz, i am an Anselm theologian... hahahaha... ontological argument is my weakest!



Anselm


100%

Karl Barth


67%

John Calvin


67%

Charles Finney


67%

J�rgen Moltmann


47%

Jonathan Edwards


33%

Paul Tillich


27%

Martin Luther


27%

Friedrich Schleiermacher


27%

Augustine


0%

Which theologian are you?
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Anselm is the outstanding theologian of the medieval period.He sees man's primary problem as having failed to render unto God what we owe him, so God becomes man in Christ and gives God what he is due." He is famous for his Ontological argument for the existence of God. Currently, the most powerful form of Ontological argument is adhered by Alvin Plantinga.

Monday, January 09, 2006

'Wait'

I hate 'wait'. I have a personal formula for it:

WAIT + PATIENCE = CRAP

U can forget about it if u ask me to wait. Forget about it. I don't have patience for craps! I don't believe in those romantic dramas that focus on 'waiting period'. Winter sonata had it at 10 years. 'Sheng Tiau Xia Nu' (The Condor Heroes) had it at 16 years. NONSENSE! CRAP! Impatient is my middle name.

But then this genius Os Gusiness dedicated one chapter that talks on 'wait' and 'patience' in his book, God in the dark. The book is about Christian's doubts. Go find out. Orchard Road Presbyterian Church's library has 2 copies; when i checked it out yesterday.