Remembering our heroes and heroines

Thich Nhat Hanh wrote that “The main thing we need to remember is that the past and the future are both in the present, and if we take hold of the present moment, then we also transform the past and the future.” Yes, I am coming to realise that when we take care of the…

The irony of megachurch pastors

The original context of Noam Chomsky’s quote was regarding the government and big corporations in Canada who wanted to proceed with fossil fuel developments at the expense of the environment and the indigenous people are the ones taking the lead in combating climate change. But the same can be said of megachurch pastors, who rank…

Thinking aloud – why there is a need to critique

The article “Why Sex May Be the Greatest Threat to Christianity” succinctly describes how mainstream Christianity has been repressive and oppressive to people regarding human sexuality because the Christian narrative feeds on guilt and the religion itself thrives on control. It is therefore liberating and important to not allow ourselves be subject to any kind…

What “spirituality” means for you

What makes you come alive? What satisfies you most deeply? What fills you up? What brings you joy? What centers you? What is a source of delight and pleasure for you? What areas, fields, or subjects are you interested in exploring? What makes you feel connected to yourself? What forms of self-expression are the most…

Nudism and spirituality (An excerpt)

“What is this freedom? It is being free of restrictive clothing, free from societal pressure of how we are to look, feel and behave and it is being free of shame of our bodies that we learned from our parents or that we were taught in some fear-based religion. It is being free of worrying…

Amos Yee’s response to death threat made by retarded isis member

Any organised religion, or theology for that matter, that uses or depends on fear to control or condemn people, such as for not conforming to their norms or believing the same way as they do, whether through death threats, the literal hell doctrine or an angry God (or a certain holy wrathful deity whose name…

On the side of the underdogsĀ 

This past year, a 17-year-old boy named Amos Yee has been in the media spotlight both in Singapore and around the world for posting salient critiques of a former prime minister of Singapore and the problems of lack of political freedom and free speech, high income inequality and so on in the country. Amos’ brave…

Reclaiming liberation theology (Part 3)

This is a continuation of Part 1 and Part 2 of the “Reclaiming Liberation Theology” blog series. Let’s summarise first: Sin is disturbance of the peace that God originally intended for the world. It is when people don’t love one another as brothers and sisters. (1 John) It is also the systemic oppression of humanity….