It is the time of the pandemic. For those of us whose daily work and busyness have come to a sudden halt, it seems a good time for us to be visiting some "old friends". In my case, I have been cultivating long internal conversations with my old companion: academic theology. For the past ten years of my ordained life, my focus has been placed so much on the intellectual faith of others, I have hardly had time to explore my own intellectual deepening. This time of study and exploration has been exciting and I don't long for it to stop.
Part of my little adventure in theological exploration this season has pertained to getting a feel of the state of Western theology is in its method and approach and extent today. In fact, there is something in me that actually "longs" to undertake a postgraduate course of study with an institution in the West for this purpose, but insisting on that would be unwise. As a result of these little explorations and internal conversations, I have drawn some very preliminary conclusions on theology in the West as it stands today.
On 7 November 2014, an opinion article was published in the Malay Mail Online. The article entitled "Why I Left the Faith" was submitted by Miss Boo Su-Lyn. Read it here.
Below is my reply to the said article.
I have most recently been asked, how do Catholics in Malaysia theologise about politics? I cannot help but respond with a rhetorical question, “DO Catholics in Malaysia theologise about politics?”
Below is a letter I've received from a learned parishioner in Petaling Jaya who has given her response to the most recent article on ancestral veneration in the Herald. Miss Rachael Wong has given permission for her correspondence to be published on my blog.
Below are some salient points of responses I have to this week's article on the Herald (published on 24 February) about the veneration of the ancestral tablet, which is in turn a response to my earlier article published the previous week (10 February). Click here to read the article first.
If you have been lingering over the online social network Facebook recently, you would have noticed a particular picture of a priest from a Catholic parish in Malaysia venerating an ancestral tablet before his congregation during the most recent Chinese New Year. And the comments that this picture has garnered from among its viewers are all but scathing, be they reactions from non- Catholics or non-Christian peoples. For many of our friends, especially those from the Protestant denominations, this practice constitutes a great scandal of idolatry. What say we?
Evangelising in a Moral Way
Sherman Kuek, SFO
Published in Catholic Asian News
(March 2010 Issue)
Have you watched the movie Fireproof (2008)? Since its publication, it seems to have become quite a hit in various Christian circles, especially as a tool for the promotion of healthy marriages and family life.
In one scene, the son, Caleb Halt, says, “See, I don't understand. Why do I need His salvation? What? Am I gonna be thrown into hell? For what? 'Cause I got divorced?” And the father, John Halt, in apparent agreement that his beloved son is in fact bound for hell, replies, “No. Because you violated His standards”.