Thursday, 5 February 2009

the four kataks in the silver state




remember the faces of these four kataks. the perak rakyat will not forget. the new state government taking over does not command the respect of all perakians. there are only 2 chinese reps in the state government (1 mca and 1 former dap now independent). the state government is going to be led by power hungry reps. it may be a windfall in terms of goodies to appease the perak rakyat but the perak rakyat will not be easily bought over. let the next general elections come and the perak rakyat will speak again.

read the comments in kit siang' blogs

time to act for Perak the silver state (now tarnished)

dear friends,

as a fellow Perakian (the reb took a sumpah many years ago in 1978 declaring my loyalty to the Perak sultan!), the reb urge you to do something now as the political situation in Perak continues to grow with political uncertainty. go to the perak government website (below) and sign in the guestbook to urge the sultan to do what is the best step to resolve the problem - call for state elections and let the rakyat decide. the reb has already signed the guestbook to appeal to tuanku to act in the best interests of the rakyat.

even if the BN does succeed to take over the Perak government, the rakyat must remember this and do the necessary the next general election. this time around, vote and remove all the corrupt fellas not worthy to be called Yang Berhormat.

from
the reb


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below is an appeal from Pahlawan Volunteers:

Subject: Perak Under Siege. What Can We Do?


The people has spoken yet Perak government is under siege. Read:
BN set to form Perak govt as Sultan defers decision on dissolution
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.themalaysianinsider.com%2Findex.php%2Fmalaysia%2F17590-bn-set-to-form-perak-govt-as-sultan-defers-decision-on-dissolution

The next 48 hours is very crucial. Would DYMM Sultan Azlan Shah hand over power to BN because of the defections or call for a State Election? The decision to be made in Istana Iskandariah will be one not for Perak alone, but for the entire country. We must strive for the optimum level of political and economic stability. Read: Snap poll best bet
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://thenutgraph.com%2Fsnap-poll-best-bet

WHAT CAN WE DO? Here are some ideas. People, especially Perakians,

1. Send this SMS: "Gatheing in front of Perak MB's residence in Ipoh 7pm tonight Thu 5/2. Fwd on now n be there."

2. Please tell DYMM Sultan Azlan you want a State Election at his guestbook http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://books.dreambook.com%2Fduli%2Fduli.html [ a link from his official website http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://sultan.perak.gov.my%2F ] Recommend that you use your real name to be taken seriously.

3. Hold a peaceful all night candlelight vigil in front of Istana Iskandariah till DYMM Sultan Azlan Shah decides.

4. At your Facebook, post this at your status bar: ": Perakians, tell DYMM Sultan Azlan you want a State Election at his guestbook http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://books.dreambook.com%2Fduli%2Fduli.html and hold vigil at his palace. Fwd on"

No time to lose. Please forward on this message to all your friends to do the same. Post at newsgroups and discussion forums too.

YES WE CAN Make a Difference. "People Are The Boss."

With love from Pahlawan Volunteers
"Negara Kita, Tanggungjawab Kita"
– From Conviction to Action

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

double anniversary of charles darwin




2009 is the double anniversary of Charles Darwin’s double anniversary - the 200th anniversary of his birth (darwin's birth on Feb. 12th, 1809) and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species (in 1859). the uk press like the guardian (below) and the telegraph (further below) has some write-up on this.

the publication of 'Rescuing Darwin – God and evolution in Britain today’, a new 70-page report by Nick Spencer and Denis Alexander, is already out. The 70-page report, published by Theos and containing five chapters, presents and discusses the latest quantitative survey findings by the polling company ComRes concerning the level of belief and disbelief in Darwinian evolution in the UK today. The poll was based on 2000 respondents and represents the most reliable recent data on this topic available. The report also contains chapters on Darwin’s own religious beliefs, analyses why Darwin still remains in the cross-fire in the year of his double anniversary, and discusses how theism and evolution can be held together in a coherent way. not surpisingly, half of the UK respondents do not believe in darwin's evolution!


the anglican church in uk in september 2008 announced that 2009 is the good time to apologize to darwin for misunderstanding him.

the reb says: i agree that in the past when darwin published his book, it raised a furore by the Church which unfortunately clouded many of darwin's other notable observations. the reb has met christian scientists in UK who hold on to a form of evolution i.e. they do not see evolution as entirely against the Bible. these christian scientists do not hold to a young earth theory but subscribe that the earth could be millions and millions of years old. the first 2 chapters of genesis does not mitigate against evolution per se. the reb believes one can still honestly hold to a form of evolution within the genesis chapters.

that leads to the burning question - was darwin right to argue that humans descended from apes and do these christian scientists agree? surprisingly, there are some christian scientists who hold the view that humans were descended from apes genetically. but one human species (homon sapiens or homo erectus) began to have a God consciousness and developed differently from the other homo species. now, that is something to chew about.


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The Guardian

Rescuing Darwinism
by Nick Spencer

The public has been turned off evolutionary theory by its false association with reductionism, nihilism, atheism, and amorality

Twenty-three years after On the Origin of Species was published, its author was given a de facto state funeral in Westminster Abbey. Establishment opinion was no longer scandalised by his supposedly most scandalous of theories.

In his authoritative study of how in Darwinism was received in the US and UK in the 19th century, James Moore observes that "with but few exceptions the leading Christian thinkers in Great Britain and America came to terms quite readily with Darwinism and evolution."

It was a different story at the popular level. The general public never accepted the theory as readily as intellectuals did, in large part because it often encountered evolution as a social rather than scientific theory. Social Darwinism argued that might was right, and that to protect the weak and vulnerable was to defy nature. Only the fittest should survive.

Understandably, this doctrine had limited appeal for those deemed weak or unfit, and helped fuel anti-evolutionary sentiment in the early 20th century, particularly in America where Social Darwinism was more influential.

read here for the rest of the post

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The Telegraph

Poll reveals public doubts over Charles Darwin's theory of evolution

By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Religious Affairs Correspondent

More than half of the public believe that the theory of evolution cannot explain the full complexity of life on Earth, and a "designer" must have lent a hand, the findings suggest.

And one in three believe that God created the world within the past 10,000 years.

The survey, by respected polling firm ComRes, will fuel the debate around evolution and creationism ahead of next week's 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and author of The God Delusion, said the findings revealed a worrying level of scientific ignorance among Britons.

In the survey, 51 per cent of those questioned agreed with the statement that "evolution alone is not enough to explain the complex structures of some living things, so the intervention of a designer is needed at key stages"

A further 40 per cent disagreed, while the rest said they did not know.

for the rest of the post, read below:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/4410927/Poll-reveals-public-doubts-over-Charles-Darwins-theory-of-evolution.html

Monday, 2 February 2009

top 50 blog awards

peng shyang alerted the reb to NT Wrong's blog where the top 50 blog awards for the month of january were announced. surprisingly, oldtestamentpassion.blogspot.com made it to #44, up from the previous #120 position (a jump of 76 places). ranking is calculated by the number of unique visitors the blog receives. see the explanation here.

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It’s the Biblioblog Top 50 - for the month of January 2009!

The Biblioblog Top 50 ranks each biblical studies blog, or ‘biblioblog’, by the total number of unique visitors it receives each month.

The Number One Biblioblogger this month is… James McGrath at Exploring Our Matrix!

Among the big shakers and movers for the month of January 2009 are:

* Dave Black (Dave Black Online) - up 17 places to number 4;
* J. P. van de Giessen (Aantekeningen bij de Bijbel ) - up 62 places to number 10;
* Michael Barber and Brant Pitre (Singing in the Reign) - up 31 places to number 12;
* Kevin P. Edgecomb (Biblicalia) - up 40 places to number 14;
* Flávio Souza (Ad Cummulus) - up 48 places to number 19;
* Eric B. Sowell (Archaic Christianity) - up 102 places to number 22;
* Cláudia Andréa Prata Ferreira (Língua Hebraica ) - up 83 places to number 25;
* Rob Bradshaw (Biblical Studies) - up 65 places to number 26.

There are a number of new additions to the biblioblog list this month. Alan Bandy is back to the world of biblioblogging with the second coming of Café Apocalypsis, a New Testament blog. Brian Small began a specialist biblioblog on the book of Hebrews, Polumeros kai Polutropos, and he has been trying to work out who wrote it ever since (but surely it is clear that it comes from the hand of a young Valentinus?). James Tabor has commenced a new blog (Tabor Blog), restricting his earlier blog, The Jesus Dynasty to discussion of issues directly connected with his book of the same name. I also decided to add a couple of older blogs that have a fair bit of biblical studies material, such as John Shuck’s Shuck and Jive, Richard H. Anderson’s Dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos, and Leo Quix’s The Quixotic Infidel. And I have belatedly discovered Matthew Lanser’s Havel Havalim and Peter M. Lopez’s Beauty of the Bible. January sadly marked the end of the highly entertaining Guild of Biblical Minimalists blog (yet, did it ever exist?). Also sadly departed are J. K. Gayle (Aristotle’s Feminist Subject and, briefly, The Wombman’s Bible), ElShaddai Edwards (He Is Sufficient), and whoever Job’s female companion was (Voice of Iyov).

In addition, January saw the publication of the first academic book about bibliobloggers:

James Crossley, Jesus in an Age of Terror: Scholarly Projects for a New American Century ( Equinox, 2008 )

for the top 50 list, read on in the link below:

http://ntwrong.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/biblioblog-top-50-january-2009/

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to the query by daVinci in peng shyang's blog that the reb is discussing more on politics than the OT and how can his blog be then considered a bibleblog, read the reb's full reply below:

you can note that michael heiser's blog at #6 position also discusses UFO's!!! in fact, a lot of biblebloggers discuss all sorts of other interesting stuff in their blogs.

anyway, the reb discusses politics and other related stuff simply because in the OT, we do not compartmentalize life into simple neat boxes. from the OT's perspective, all of life comes under God. hence, to discuss politics is to discuss a valuable component of what the OT has to say.

look at all the 8th century BC prophets (Isaiah, Micah, Amos, Hosea). you can't but read their stirring indictments on the political scene of 8th century BC Israel and Judah. likewise, the 7th and 6th century prophets like Jonah, Habbakuk, Nahum, Joel, and Jeremiah. even the post-exilic prophets of Haggai and Zechariah has something to say about the political rulers like Zerrubbabel the governor and Joshua the high priest.

the reb in commenting on the current socio-politico-economical climate of the country of malaysia is doing exactly what an OT prophet would be doing - to be a socio-commentator with the scriptures on one hand and the newspaper/TV/blogs on the other.

if the reb only speak purely about the OT as found in the ancient documents, then he is out of place and out of touch and perhaps irrelevant to the current situation. people need to hear what the OT has to say about current needs and how the OT can provide a relevant response.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

hebrew/OT resources

here is a good website for hebrew/OT resources. stm's students should take note of it.



the url is here:

http://sites.google.com/site/biblicalstudiesresources/Home/biblical-studies-resources/hebrew-bible

here is another link to denver seminary website to a post on hebrew/OT resources more from an evangelical perspective (useful for students contemplating buying commentaries and need a preview):

http://www.denverseminary.edu/article/annotated-old-testament-bibliography-2009/



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Update:

one more OT bibliography link here:

http://www.biblico.it/doc-vari/ska_bibl.html