Thursday, March 10, 2005

RZIM's Malaysian connection

I was quite pleased to have met I Ching Thomas. In case you did not know, I Ching is a true-blue Malaysian lass who is the newest addition to Ravi Zakarias International Ministries. It was Pari who introduced us and the three of us had tea talking about apologetics and the challenge of acquainting Malaysian churches with a decidedly more robust appreciation of their faith. Is there a postmodern approach to apologetics I asked? I Ching said the approach may be different but essentially the issues are the same. It’s how you handle the questions, which is what Ravi Zakarias himself illustrated in one of his lectures: even in India, you still have to look left and right before you cross the road.

I Ching will be based in Singapore. Hmm, her biodata isn’t on the RZIM site yet. Anyway, I look forward to seeing and hearing her in the near future.

3 comments:

Sivin Kit said...

it's a small world after all ...

I just met here too last saturday.

I'm probably going to ask "Is there an apologetic approach to post-colonial contexts like Malaysia?"

somehow the word "postmodern" - especially "postmodernism" (both which carries all sorts of connotations) sends shrivers to parts of the evangelical world *grin*

heheh ...

David BC Tan said...

hmm. postmodernism is a philosophical category, while colonialism is a less ambiguous historical era.

btw spencer burke has an interesting article on evengelism on the ooze: "SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES: A Former Soldier of Christ Offers the Church a New Metaphor for Evangelism" which may or may not have animpact on how we do apologetics

The Hedonese said...

She's probably right that Ravi wud be firm in stressing the law of non-contradiction (ie even in India, it's EITHER you or the BUS... never BOTH) hehe...

A bunch of CDPC folks will be attending the RZIM Bali Conference in August, where postmodernism is one of the topics. I'd expect to see both the shivers of fear and shivers of excitement! haha..