Tag Archives: Bidayuh

“No Other God”: Unexpected Christian Idolatry?

“You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20: 3). A chance encounter with this single sentence while browsing for a particular biblical verse had me reflecting on the idea of idolatry. It brought back memories of a previous ministry to the indigenous Bidayŭh and Iban Christians in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It reminded me of communities that were held together by unquestionable loyalties to various Christian denominations which were introduced by zealous missionaries. Proselytisation had its casualties, though. Mass conversions of people Read More +
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Sacred Sexual Touch: Illness, Sexual Bodies and Sacramental Anointing in Rural Bidayŭh Villages

Goh, Joseph N. “Sacred Sexual Touch: Illness, Sexual Bodies and Sacramental Anointing in Rural Bidayŭh Villages.” Rural Theology: International, Ecumenical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives 12, no. 1 (May 2014): 42-52.   Although the sacrament of anointing has undergone a major shift in focus from the dying to the sick after Vatican II, the official ritual maintains that its administration necessitates an ordained minister. This exclusive prerogative, coupled with the number of priests that is disproportionate to an increasing growth of baptized laity, underscores the reality that Read More +
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