1. Being unable to distinguish humor from non-humor

2. Refusing to discard one’s beliefs in the face of overwhelming and unequivocal evidence against them.

(And, of course, the famous one…)

3. Doing something over and over again, expecting a different result.

Last week, there was an uproar in the American state of Texas related to a law which banned abortion providers from carrying out terminations after foetal cardiac activity is detected. The United States Supreme Court voted 5–4 for non-intervention, thus allowing the law to take effect. Among the more controversial aspects of this law is that anyone who contributes towards an abortion (including driving a pregnant lady to an abortion clinic) is liable to be sued and sued NOT by the state but by citizens (see note 1).

Abortion rights supporters demonstrating in Edinburg, Texas. ‘This law, like the wider anti-abortion drive, hurts women’s freedom, their health and even their lives.’ Photograph: Joel Martinez/AP

For an issue with so much fire, to say that the SCOTUS…

I know this theory can never be tested properly but is it possible that one reason — among the myriad of reasons — why Malaysia has for a few months now become a ‘mini India’ in terms of positive cases and death rate is because our society is among the fattest in Asia?

Yes, that’s Asia. Not merely ASEAN.

According to the World Health Organisation in 2019, Malaysia is the fattest nation in Asia and has the second highest child obesity rate among children in ASEAN aged 5 to 19 years, with 7.1% of children under the age of 5…

Did Paul the apostle, possibly the greatest and most influential Christian evangelist and writer, ever marry? There are at least 3 options to this question.

1. He didn’t marry

This is unlikely, given his status as a Pharisee. Most Jews of the first century, especially those as staunchly religious as Paul, would’ve gotten married early (even before their twenties). It was a matter of tradition, which made it a matter of pride.

Which leaves the following two possibilities.

2. He was betrothed to be married to a lady in Tarsus (his hometown) but when he returned to the city (after…

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Crane accidents. Go-kart racing mishaps. Falling pedestrian bridges. Cancer. Earthquakes. The fear of death has to be the most natural human fear ever. I think, though, that it may be among the most irrational i.e. nobody should fear death’s outcome for one’s self.

We can (and should) fear the deaths of other people, but there should be nothing to worry about after we die. And this applies to both religionists nor atheists. Let me explain.

Believers

If you’re a Muslim, you know what you have to do. Malaysian Muslims, in…

My kid asked me the other day why God doesn’t appear to us face to face, why all the ‘hiding’ and invisibility.

I’m not sure she was serious (we were walking on the way to McD’s and she mentioned it between an observation about why the sky turned so dark suddenly and which happy meal to get) but here are some thoughts anyway.

  1. It’s not self-evident that God’s “invisibility” is a problem in a serious sense.

In fact, Bible stories abound with problems which happened whenever God turned OFF the invisibility act and manifested more directly among us (eg, Exodus…

At a recent event with college students, someone posed this question on the online Q&A, “How do you know Christianity is real? Every religion claims that they are real and they also have historical facts and miracles working in their religion.”

I’d like to take a stab at the question as it refers to HOW WE EVALUATE COMPETING REVELATIONS (OF THE DIVINE). Our world has so many religions, so many beliefs about God or gods or demi-gods, etc. — why should anyone think that Christianity is the so-called “correct” one?

Now, the tricky thing about this question is I cannot…

Douglas Campbell is one of the world’s top 20 (if not 10) Pauline scholars around, and this book will likely cement this position.

Pauline Dogmatics is named after Campbell’s theological hero, Karl Barth (and HIS big book) and is a systematic theology based on Paul’s letters (from which Campbell excludes as pseudographical 1 and 2 Tim and Titus).

Campbell’s breadth and command of material is no joke. Whatever you think of his POV, the guy has certainly parsed everything there is to say about a Pauline topic and how to read it. At one point in this book he offered…

The recent death of an individual who jumped from Suria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur suggests that depression and suicide remain prevalent in our country; perhaps made worse too by the pandemic, lockdowns and so on.

Whilst only a small minority of people who undergo depression take those fateful steps towards ending their lives, it is nevertheless true that almost everybody has experienced prolonged sadness (which borders on chronic depression). As is common in literature on mental health, we need to distinguish between everyday (or temporary or minor) depression from major (or clinical or deep) depression. …

Alwyn Lau

Edu-trainer, Žižek studies, amateur theologian, columnist.

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