Web Clips and Comments: Dec 15, 2003
The current news is dominated by the capture of Mr Saddam Hussaein over the
weekend, which opens up a break in current trends in the Middle East. NB: (It
is quite telling to contrast the developing news with the tone and substance
of the local commentary by the punditocracy!) However, in light of a broader
perspective, several other recent developments are worthy of highlighting. Also,
we should remember that on December 17, this week Wednesday, the world will
mark its first century of heavier than air flight.
- The current news on the fate of Saddam is telling: why is it that the Palestinian
Arabs and Arab Street are dejected and/or in denial at the capture of a mass
murderer with 400,000 victims lying in mass graves in Iraq? Why is there a
silence on the part of the leaders of the Arab countries? Could there be implications
to the prospects that througfh thorough interrogation, the
links between Arab Governments, their Intelligence Agencies and Terrorist
groups will be further exposed? Developing . . .
- Here in Jamaica, on Tuesday last, the Jamaica Theological Seminary- Caribbean
Graduate School of theology dual school announced
its intent to become a full university. it was immediately attacked
by controversial columnist -- and secularist-hedonist former evangelical --Mark
Wignall, on the assumed grounds that such an institution could not measure
up to the true (That is, secularist) standards of scholarship! Not mentioned
was the fact that currently the degree programmes in the institutions are
accredited by the UCJ, nor that JTS-CGST graduates have a track record of
academic as well as career excellence in the region and internationally, nor
that Christian Universities in fact have a centuries deep tradition of academic
excellence. Of course, the secularist worldview agenda is simply assumed,
rather than critically assessed in light of its demonsytrated fatal flaws
forms. [These links are of course drawn from a course
web page for a JTS course.]
- Over the past several months, the neopagan agendas in the West have made
major advances in the court system and the wider culture, especially through
the use of the concept of fairness to advance the idea of so-called
same-sex marriage. (In fact, by attempted
redefining of marriage, the secularists and gay movement inadvertently
reveal the destructive
implications of pulling manhood away from the primary social institution
that channels male energy into productive directions through marriage and
- In so doing, however, they have side-stepped the documented findings and
issues that homosexuality
cuts decades off one's life expectancy due to the unhealthy sexual practices
and high incidence of violence within this sub-culture.
- Indeed, the very concept of "same-sex marriage" has the effect
a keystone institution in human culture, mariage: the institution that,
together with the family, channel the destructive potential of men into virtuous
manhood. (In fact as well, homosexual partnershoips seem to be inherently
- Similarly, the recent appointment of an openly homosexual man as bishop
in New Hampshire threatens
to split the Anglican Communion and bring great discredit to the church
at large. Maybe most telling of all is the thought that no heterosexual adulterer
who left wife and young daughter to take up with another woman would have
even been considered for the post of Bishop. For shame!
- Similarly, Justice Roy Moore of Alabama's recent adventures betray the ongoing
forgetting of the roots of liberty and self-government by a free people.
Ambassador Allan Keyes' response to the issues deserves to be studied carefully.
So do the actual
- A recent
commentary on the AIDS projections in Africa raises questions about the
validity of the compiuter models used to estimate the current and projected
numbers of victims. Of particular note is the use of South Africa data as
a cross-check and the note that even in the areas that have notoriously been
most affected, population growth trends have been at the 3 percent level,
in some cases actually accelerating. This raises serious questions regarding
the validity of the computer projections, and regarding the hype and hysteria
that surrounds certain issues and agendas.
- In Milan, COP 9 to
the Kyoto protocol has been held, with the backdrop that Russia may refuse
to sign on to the Kyoto pact on economic damage grounds, and in a context
where the models seem to be being tuned to track the lower trends being mreasured
by satellite soundings of the atmosphere. As a result, the projected global
temperature incrtease over this century is now 0.74 - 1.5 degrees Crelsius,
which takes the projected trend out of the catastrophic range. Again, the
issue of the validity of computer models is in question, and the potential
damage of basing policy on hypoe and hysteria is to be duly noted.
1. Can an Evangelical Institution be of solid academic standard?
Addressing the issue, Dr Noelliste the President of JTS-CGST is summarised:
As a university, the students would be exposed to a range of disciplines
with the proviso that courses would be taught from a distinctly evangelical
worldview. "There is no discipline that cannot be approached from a Christian
perspective and that would be our unique contribution to the Jamaican educational
system," Dr. Noelliste said.
Mr Wignall's revealingly cynical response was:
The point I am making is that while I recognise that religious institutions
have done wonders in education (I went to an Anglican school), the teaching
of religion by itself, especially the strictures inherent in Christianity,
should be seen as a personal attainment/belief and not something that can
be certified by a university. If a man or woman wants to study theology, then
by all means do so. But in my view, that person is then best suited for the
pulpit and not in some business organisation where his or her brainwashing
will be used (unwittingly) to fortify or condemn others.
This should serve as a red flag, revealing the penetration of secularist patterns
of thought in our governance classes and the opinion leaders who influence them.
It is amazing that no consideration of the evident collapse of the secularist
worldview was entertained, nor that worldview-level issues exist in the context
of alternatives that all bristle with difficulties, so the issue is to
develop a coherent understanding of these alternatives in light of the comparative
If not NOW, when? If not HERE, where? If not US, who?