Footnotes by ‘Education and Ideology in China’

(1) Pomfret, J, Xi Jinping’s quest to revive Stalin’s communist ideology, The Washington Post, October 16, 2017 (2) Chinese Journalist faces 7 years in jail for ‘leaking state document’s, BBC News, 5 April, 2015 (3) Fitzgerald, J, Human Dignity and its Enemies, Inside Story, October 2017

Education and ideology in China

It is almost trite to observe that any education system – its structure and curriculum – closely reflects the values of the society in which it is formed. Thus in a democratic nation such as Australia, educational institutions are valued as places of academic freedom, critical inquiry and the preservation of freedom enjoyed by the…

Hungary: PM Viktor Orban’s Christmas Message: Worth reading!

Among the many Christmas messages of numerous heads of state, government leaders and other leaders, it seems hard to find a few good ones which are worth listening to or reading. Last week I mentioned an editorial of the Canadian National Post. If you haven’t read it, I certainly recommend that you do. Towards the…

Lenient sentences blamed for increase of crime

The head of Victoria’s police union and the state’s Victims of Crime Commissioner have blamed the lenient sentences which youth from African background receive for their violent crimes in Australia, for an increase of crime. Mr Andrews said the largely African and Islander youths had a “wanton disregard for the safety of others”. The police is…

Australian Bill of Rights needed?

The Greens in parliament are trying to hijack the discussion about the protection of religious rights which will come up in the New Year, after the legalization of same-sex-marriage. They are planning to use Mr. Ruddock’s review of religious freedoms to introduce some limitations on religious freedom. “There is a difference between the right to…

Protests in Iran

Iran is one of the most totalitarian states, this one a Muslim state. It gives the appearance of being a democracy, with elections for president and for parliament, but whatever parliament or the president do, it all has to be approved by the highest persons in the country: the religious leaders. There is a strict…

Church attacked in Egypt

At least 11 people were killed in an attack on a Coptic Orthodox church and a shop owned by a Christian, in Cairo, Egypt. At least 11 people are killed. This is not the first attack on Christians in Egypt this year. On Palm Sunday n April two bombs exploded in which Christian were targeted….

Christmas and Cricket: Two lost articles of C. S. Lewis rediscovered

Christianity Today reports that after 70 years two articles written by C.S. Lewis and published in The Strand Magazine have been rediscovered. For many years they were forgotten. “A Christmas Sermon for Pagans” is quintessential Lewis at the height of his renown. “Cricketer’s Progress” is more of a mystery. The topic of ‘A Christmas Sermon for…

California on Fire (2)

update: Two weeks ago I posted an article about the California wildfires. Today it was reported that the ‘Thomas Fire’ in California has become the largest wildfire in the state’s history. It has so far scorched more than one thousand square kilometers. This makes the comments I made about the situation in California, and broader…

Merry Christmas: What Jesus, descendant of David, promises mankind

Several newspapers will mention something about Christmas, even if it is only by writing about the nativity scene, or others by giving advice how to spend time with family and friends, or how to cook your Christmas dinner. Some heads of state, presidents, queens or kings, will have a special Christmas message. Most of the…

Frozen embryo born after 24 years

The Daily Mail (UK) reports that Tina Gibson and her husband Benjamin, living in East Tennessee (USA), adopted an embryo which had been frozen for 24 years. The child, Emma, was born on the 25th of November this year. Tina was not able to conceive naturally with Benjamin, because Benjamin is suffering from cystic fibrosis….

PM Turnbull reshuffles cabinet

“Boost for conservatives as Turnbull resets his team,” is what The Australian writes. What to think about this? Did PM Turnbull see a good reason to involve more conservatives in his team? Is this to appease the conservatives who were hurt by his staunch support of the same-sex-marriage legalization? Is he trying to keep them…

Cosmic rays, solar activity have greater impact on climate models

The science on climate change is settled? 97 percent of all scientists agree? Apparently, it is all not so cut and dry as we thought. ‘The impact of changes in solar activity on Earth’s climate was up to seven times greater than climate models suggested according to new research published today in Nature Communications.’This is what…

Uprising in the USA?

Things aren’t going well in Washington DC. There is a lot of unrest. President Donald Trump is certainly shaking up things in Washington. It looks like he will be able to get his new tax bill through congress, achieving an enormous simplification of the tax code, which may create millions of new jobs and spur…

RC Sproul relieved from his task on earth

On 15 December, the task of Dr. R.C. Sproul on earth came to an end.  He was 78. Dr. Sproul was well known among many Reformed Christians in North America and beyond. He proclaimed the gospel to many. He is the founder of Ligonier Ministries. This organization writes in their announcement of the passing of…

Everyone wears an invisible crown

Everyone is special… everyone wears an invisible crown. This is a message on the front of a Christmas card which came through the mail. With the celebration of Christmas, we focus on the beginning of the earthly stage of the journey of the Son of Man, as He proceeded through the cross to receive the…

‘Judge and jury fake news’

The one US politician after the other is being accused of sexual misconduct in the recent or more often not so recent past. It is remarkable that many of those accusations have not been brought to the police first to be investigated, but are thrown out into the open, to do as much damage as…

#MeToo and mob justice

The year 2017 is speeding to an end. In a couple of weeks many will engage in the traditional looking back on the year. One of the things that will undoubtedly be mentioned about 2017 is the exposing of many in the entertainment and movie world as sexual predators. The name Weinstein has become infamous…

Hate is called love

One thing Satan is known to be very good in is: the lie. In John 8, the Lord Jesus calls him the ‘Father of lies’. ‘He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his…

An evolutionist who helped creationists

Reformed Perspective published another insight full article. This one is about Stephen Gould, a scientist who believes in evolution, but criticizes the common representation of the fossil record. “The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. The evolutionary trees that adorn our textbooks have data only…