July 29th, 2015

Tongues of Angels: Real or Imagined?

by Clinton Chisholm
If you miss the centrality of love in 1 Corinthians 13 then it is likely you will misread the issues dealt with in the first few verses of this love chapter. Indeed, the popularity of the King James Version reading has misled a number of us into a misunderstanding of the statements made in verses 1-3. The repeated ‘though I…’ construction is imprecise and very misleading. From this imprecise translation some Pentecostals/Charismatics have gone on…
July 22nd, 2015

Legal Judgements & Consequences

by Clinton Chisholm
Contemplating consequences (possible, probable or inevitable) is not the only criterion for evaluating the ethical value of an act or intention to act but it is a valuable criterion. In recent memory the US Supreme Court has delivered judgements which, if normalized and universalized could result in the decimation of humanity. The 1973 landmark decisions re abortion in Roe v. Wade and especially Doe v. Bolton made abortion on demand in any period of a…
July 16th, 2015

The Sabbath Rest (Hebrews 4.9)

by Clinton Chisholm
  The issue of the ‘Sabbath rest’ mentioned in Hebrews 4:9 needs involved clarification. To understand what is said and meant in that verse you have to read the wider context from chapter 3:7 through to chapter 4:11. There are two words (nouns) for ‘rest’ in this text, one noun is rare (sabbatismos= Sabbath rest) and is used only in v.9 in the whole New Testament, the other noun (katapausis) or its verbal relative (or…
July 12th, 2015

Divine Punishment & Mercy in the Old Testament

by Clinton Chisholm
      “There are passages in the Old Testament concerning the love of God for sinners as tender and appealing as any that can be found in the New Testament, and on the other side there are sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ as stern and terrible as any that can be found under the older dispensation. [The distorted picture of God as a mildly benevolent Heavenly Father whose patience is inexhaustible, who will…
June 7th, 2015

Sex: Sentiment & Shoddy Reasoning

by Clinton Chisholm
The Jamaica Gleaner’s editorial, since at least 2011, has been quite consistent in taking an ambivalent position on homosexual sex based on the very popular and apparently impregnable premise of “what consenting adults do in private”. This posture has been taken by others with reference to other forms of sexual intercourse too so the sentiment is not only popular but quite understandable though in my view not impregnable. As I urged in a piece which…
May 25th, 2015

Celebrated Philosopher Renounced Atheism

by Clinton Chisholm
‘Village atheists’ and the more educated ones need to read and properly digest the contents of Antony Flew’s last book The late world renowned British Philosopher and ‘most notorious atheist’ Antony Flew in his last book gave details of the thinking that led him to abandon atheism. The book published in 2008 was titled There is a God.  One of the three cardinal issues that made Flew abandon atheism was a critical event which he…
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