The word “narcissism” comes to us from a Greek mythology about a handsome sixteen-year-old boy named Narcissus on whom a god inflicts a punishment for his vanity. The spell that is cast on him causes him to be drawn to a pool of water where, once he gazes on his own reflection, he becomes compulsively infatuated. Obsessed by the beauty of his own reflection, he gazes at his own image day and night forgoing food and drink. Eventually Narcissus dies. Continue reading
In the November of 2017, Lindsay Shepherd, a Teaching Assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Ontario, Canada, was controversially disciplined for using a three-minute recording of a debate involving Jordan Peterson about the compelled use of gender-neutral pronouns in a communications class.
Nathan Rambukkana, Shepherd’s supervising professor subjected her to a cruel inquisition telling her that showing the video clip neutrally was akin to “neutrally playing a speech by Hitler …”; and that she should have known that Peterson’s opinion was anti-trans, anti-gay, anti-women white supremacist.
When Shepherd asked if her job is to shield students from rigorous debates, Professor Rambukkana accused her of perpetrating a certain type of “teaching climate”, stating that she is “targeting” students due to their “gender expression” and “identity” which he claimed was in violation of C16 and “the Canadian Human Rights Code, all of which was later proven wrong.
The question I want to ask is this:
Who is Nathan Rambukkana, and what journey has he taken in his life to reach where he is today. Continue reading
Christ Sanctuary – 26th August 2018
Our discussion on the Apostles’ Creed will be in three parts.
First, the history of the creed – History – Why was this creed written?
Second, an overview of its statements – Content – What does it say?
Third, the importance for today – Present – Why should we care in 2018?
I. The History of the Creed – Why was this creed written?
It was once believed that the Apostles’ Creed was written in 1st century by the twelve apostles that each one of the twelve apostle contributed one of the creed’s twelve articles.
Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan (4th C) held that view. He stated that the Creed was “pieced together by twelve workmen.” Rufinus of Aquileia (390 A.D.) held that view – that the twelve apostles, including Matthias who replaced Judas, each gave one of the affirmations in the creed; that it was the joint work of all the Apostles on the day of Pentecost. Continue reading
Not a few people have assumed that sex must be dirty to God.
In part, the Church is responsible for such a suspicion. Unhelpfully, and for too long the church has shied away from talking about sex openly. In fact it wasn’t until 550 AD, that the church allowed the literal reading of the Song of Solomon at the Council of Constantinople. The Jews discouraged the reading of the Song of Solomon until you were thirty. And till today, we continue to find it difficult to read that book in public. Continue reading
Like for many of you, news of Anthony Bourdain’s sudden death came as a shock. And if years later I were to recall where I was when I heard that news, I will remember the moment a friend over dinner looked up from her iPhone and annnouced rather brutally, “Bourdain is dead.”
TIME magazine, in commenting on Bourdain’s death, quoted a line from Graham Greene’s book Ways of Escape, “Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human condition.” The writer of the article said that Bourdain kept this particular work of Greene on his nightstand. Rather telling! Continue reading
no time ago
or else a life
walking in the dark
i met christ
Jesus) my heart
and lay still
while He passed (as
close as i’m to you
made of nothing
– e e cummings
Reading cummings, I am reminded of the distortion of the historical Jesus that was portrayed in Dali’s Christ of Saint John of the Cross. In it the historical Jesus is merged if not swallowed up by a vague existentialism covertly depicted by the fishing boat below. Continue reading
Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Channel 4 on British television journalist) interviewing Peter Hitchens in Ways to Change the World.
Guru-Murthy: What is the purpose of your writing?
Hitchens: Telling the truth is a purpose in itself. It’s a good thing in itself. It doesn’t need to have any other purpose.
Guru-Murthy: Do you want people to do something as a result?
Hitchens: I used to. But then I realised they weren’t going to, and that was a dead loss. So I thought what was the justification for me to continue to do what you do. And that’s what it is, its telling the truth . . .
Guru-Murthy: for its own sake
Hitchens: its worth it for its own sake. You don’t know what effect it might have. And also you become more interested in the long term, or indeed eternal effects of what you do and say, rather than immediate ones.