Devotions, when balanced with a healthy dose of intellectualism, can be a light in the darkness. But without intellectualism, it can be the flame that sets the whole house on fire.

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A Worrying Trend Arising Among Religions in Singapore

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Allow me to share something that has been bothering me for some time now. If you’ve been visiting Christian or Buddhist bookshops here in Singapore, and if you’ve been paying attention, you’d notice that over the past few years, there’s been a drop in the selection of intellectual books and a sharp rise in devotional materials. Here are two examples: Novena …

The Skeptical Catholic

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Is human life always this bewildering, or am I the only bewildered one? Is there actually any man, or anything in a man, that is not bewildered? (Chuang Tzu, Chapter 2, trans. Brook Ziporyn) What man knows is far less than what he does not know. The time he exists is insignificant compared to the time he does not exist. …

In the beginning was the Tao (道)

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太初有道,與天主偕。道即天主。 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In principio erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum. John 1:1 I’m very amazed that the Chinese translation for logos/verbum (The Word) is Tao (道). According to Lao Tzu (老子): 有物混成,先天地生。寂兮寥兮,獨立不改,周行而不殆,可以為天下母。吾不知其名,字之曰道,強為之名曰大。大曰逝,逝曰遠,遠曰反。故道大,天大,地大,王亦大。域中有四大,而王居其一焉。人法地,地法天,天法道,道法自然。 There was something undefined and complete, coming …