Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mental health issues in India

Tomorrow morning I am speaking at the SAIACS chapel service for faculty and students. The text is Psalm 40. I will then tell my own story of struggling with mental health issues. The slides for the rest of the talk are here.

Since arriving here I have come across the following recent articles about mental health in India.

A World Health Organization article states there are just 3 psychiatrists per one million people and 43 government funded mental health hospitals in the whole country.

In Karnataka state, which includes Bangalore, the government's mental health program is not receiving promised funds and suffers from a severe lack of doctors.

Famous Bollywood actress Deepika has founded an NGO Live Laugh Love Foundation to highlight issues of depression.

Update (September, 2016):
Plight Of India’s Mental Health: Nearly 60 Million Indians Suffer From Mental Disorders

The funniest thing I have read this year

I am currently in Bangalore and the city is well known for over-crowded roads full of potholes. I thought this article, 29,210 reasons to sympathise with the minister was very creative and humorous. It appeared in The Hindu newspaper.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Excellent lecture on the Christian origins of modern science

This lecture by my UQ colleague, historian Professor Peter Harrison, makes compelling arguments concerning how Protestant theology played a key role in the development of science in the 17th century. I borrowed extensively from this lecture in my own lecture on the subject last week at SAIACS.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Talks in Bangalore

Last tuesday night I spoke at the Bible Study Fellowship, a group of mostly graduate students, at the Indian Institute of Science. The interactive talk, The Mystery of the Providence of God, was based on Job 38, and similar to this one.

Tomorrow I am giving a sermon on Psalm 19, at Radiant Life Church. The slides are here.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Apologetics lectures at SAIACS

I am giving a series of lectures on Christian apologetics at SAIACS in Bangalore.
My co-lecturer is Varughese John.

Here are the slides for my first few lectures.

1. Introduction and overview of the 4 dominant forms of Western apologetics.

2. Classical apologetics (Arguments for the existence of God)

3. Reformed Epistemology (Plantinga)

4. Presuppositional apologetics (Cornelius van Til, Francis Schaefer)

5. Experientialism (Kierkegaard)

6. Dialogical apologetics (Clark, McGrath)