Thoughts on faith
Here are some links to my reports from school:
Presenting the Gospel in the Internet Culture -- We can look to the Internet culture - a society unbound by time and geography - where silos of mini communities are springing up to form worlds that serve to cultivate and encourage independent thought, and tolerance of those views. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The Internet has encouraged democracy whereby ideas, causes, and people can easily have an impact by gaining high ranks through a collective showing of virtual hands.
Consumers are savvier bargain shoppers as value becomes easily discernable with the myriad of products and services available for sale on the Web. Yet there is a dark underside to such a trend where people are empowered to create better economics for themselves, take control of their world and become populists for sundry causes. We are further along the continuum of a pluralistic and postmodern society. On this journey, absolute truth or an independent body of thought beyond what we say to be true becomes harder to identify.
The Ethical Wall -- Inherent in any ethical wall are the underlying conflicts that exist between two parties that can, when brought together, nullify the objectivity and integrity both parties must ophold. There is temptation towards aligning one's duty and moral obligation against what is more beneficial to his client and more enriching to himself.
Calvin's Doctrine of Knowledge -- Knowledge or wisdom for Calvin was based on knowledge of self, and knowledge of God. “Without knowledge of self, there is no knowledge of God,” says Calvin. Because Calvin chose the word knowledge in his title, “The Knowledge of God the Creator,” rather than “belief” or “existence” of God, underscores the centrality of God’s revelatory wisdom and man’s awareness of self in both the structure and content of Calvin’s theology. [Pg. 35 Calvin Institutes Vol. XX Book I.i. to III.XIX]
The Ten Commandments -- If anyone is to have a thorough understanding of the 10 commandments, it is instructive to note that there is a prologue – “I Yahweh your God, who has freed you from Egypt, the house of slavery” – to the commandments. In other words, it is only after the liberation from Egypt, or the gospel for Christians, that believers receive the law. These rules of life are for a liberated people. The following report is based on Professor Dr. J. Douma’s book, "The Ten Commandments."