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A Woman's Place

In this post I want to play the devil’s advocate, to see if any sense whatever can be made of the conservative position regarding women that would keep them in the home rather than have them compete in a man’s world (as it has come to be called). 1,330 more words

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Tyranny of the Majority

One of the more captivating notions to come out of de Tocqueville’s truly remarkable book Democracy In America was the notion of the tyranny of the majority. 934 more words

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Centennial of Our Lady of Fátima’s Appearance: Somber Reflections

Centennial of Our Lady of Fátima’s Appearance: Somber Reflections

By   Joseph Andrew Settanni

Yes, it will be, if no great 100th Anniversary signs and wonders appear, a time of enormous sinfulness and blasphemous doubt of the truths of the Roman Catholic Faith, regardless of there having been three shepherd children visited six times by the Holy Mother of God, every 13th of the month, May through October of 1917. 2,979 more words

Catholicism

The Aristocracy

At its founding our nation struggled with the question of whether or not an aristocracy was a good thing. Thomas Jefferson preferred a “natural aristocracy” in which the best and brightest would rise to the top of government and take control of the reins of state. 818 more words

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多給誰,就像誰多要

最近南韓總統朴槿惠因醜聞黯然下台,不僅南韓國會通過彈劾罷免,使她這位首位女總統成為南韓憲政史上首位被彈劾下台的總統。南韓最高法院的大法官們也一致贊同國會的決定,使得朴槿惠不但失去青瓦台的總統寶座,也失去了總統的檢控豁免權,因此甚至有可能會被定刑罪跟坐牢。

在政界,這樣的事情屢見不鮮。不只是在韓國,各國各地官員貪腐比比皆是。且不論天朝如何,就連有相當好牽制機制以及官員相對清廉的美國也不例外。今朝被人前呼後擁,被看作政壇巨星,前途無量的;竟也是他日被眾人唾棄,如過街老鼠般,黯然下台的。人世間的可悲,或許就屬政界的這些起起落落,最充滿戲劇性了,令人唏噓不已。

這些很有野心跟企圖心的政客們,就像希臘神話中的英雄勇士們,總有一個致命的弱點;在他們意氣奮發得意洋洋之際,驟然從高台墜落,跌倒谷底。歷史上亦是如此,舊約聖經中所記載的,以色列歷史上最偉大的三位君王,掃羅,大衛,跟所羅門,都有過光輝的過去,他們們有權力,智慧,勇敢,財富,眾人的擁戴,但也都有他們致命的弱點,也曾犯致命之罪。以色列歷史上最偉大的三位君王尚且如此,就更別說在他們之後,猶大國和以色列國那諸多劣跡斑斑的惡王了。

是的,在我們每一個人心裡,在我們的生命中,都有一些個不為人知的黑暗角落。無論我們外表如何道貌岸然,人的內心都存在著恐怖的黑暗。若非上帝光照我們的內心,救拔我們,重生我們,使我們為己罪痛心不已而認罪悔改,不然墮落的人性總是會選擇忽視,選擇不去理會這內心的黑暗。這黑暗甚至攪擾著我們,使人無法自拔,以罪為樂,自恃甚高,不可一世(弗2)。

權力,地位,名聲,總是吸引著人,我們的個人本體都渴望著眾人的肯定跟讚美。因此,政治界總是吸引著許多有才幹,有口才,有能力的人。某種程度上,在基督教會界中,也有相同的情況。當人越有權力跟影響力時,當越來越多人對你前呼後擁時,感覺飄飄然時,就越需要警惕。

19世紀的英國政治家阿克頓男爵 (Lord Acton) 曾經如此說,『權力導致腐敗,絕對權力一定導致腐敗』。一個聰明有智慧的領袖,一個認識自己,認識自己罪性之不堪的領袖(無論是政治領袖,還是教會領袖),應該是一個懂得要讓自己有透明度,使自己被正當地監督的人,使自己有屬靈好友同工可以幫助監督你,免得自己私心膨脹,自以為是地步上萬劫不覆之路。教會領袖與政治領袖一樣,需要注意個人操守。但教會領袖與政治領袖不同的是,他還要注意教義的純淨,免得自己在教導上,在治會上,強解聖經跟傳講異端,自取沉淪(彼3)。

所以,越是好為人師的,越是有權力影響力,越是有才幹的人,越要警惕自己的言行,越需要正當的主內肢體的幫助與監督(accountability)。上帝多給誰,就像誰多要(路12:48)。才能,權力與責任成正比是應當的。

時事政治 Politics

On power-display bias and the historians

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book at Palgrave McMillan which discusses Canadian economic history. This excerpt relates to a point that I have made numerous times on this blog regarding the bias for power held by historians and how it often leads them to inaccurate conclusions ( 429 more words

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February 24

TAKE all in a word: the truth in God’s breast
Lies trace for trace upon ours impressed;
Though He is so bright and we so dim, 106 more words

Robert Browning