December 27th, 2014

The Bible, Scholars and ‘Scholarly’ Crap

by Clinton Chisholm
bibleWayne Marshall in his column about the Bible in The Jamaica Observer of December 23, 2014 (Has Religion Seen the End of Its Useful Life?) reflected uncritical reliance on non-specialists in the appropriate academic disciplines and on the thoroughly debunked documentary hypothesis or 4-source theory of Old Testament scholarship via the writers he named. It is worthless to cite a mere carpenter’s ideas in a discussion on fibre optics! What was the nature of the…
November 27th, 2014

Marriage & Indefensible Ideals

by Clinton Chisholm
divorceThe knee-jerk tendency to commiserate with a person who is recently divorced or who is facing a divorce is based on the entrenched but quite indefensible ideal view held by too many that one’s choice of a marriage partner must be perfect the first time around.  This ideal view is not real as all should know, yet it persists. One’s first job is rarely held for life. We change houses, cars, banks, close friends even…
November 27th, 2014

Out of the Closet: Sexual Starvation in Christian Marriages

by Clinton Chisholm
Out-of-the-Closet-Sexual-Starvation-in-Christian-MarriagesMany know of its rampancy among Christian couples but have chosen to hide or downplay it – the deliberate withholding of sexual intercourse and even romantic intimacy from one’s spouse. Women mostly but some men as well are guilty of this behaviour. This troubling issue first surfaced as a matter of concern some twenty years ago during a post-graduate class I was teaching. Those who were vocal knew that I would not muzzle them so…
November 20th, 2014

Marital Rape A Myth, Seriously?

by Clinton Chisholm
scared woman - rapeHaving sexual intercourse with anyone without that one’s consent is rape in law, whether the one who has not consented is wife, sweetheart or whomever. This is true too for Christian couples despite some misunderstanding of Paul’s point in 1 Cor. 7:1-6. Before I try to unpack the essence of Paul’s ideas let me say that it is my long-held considered opinion that sex should neither be withheld as punishment nor demanded as payment or…
October 23rd, 2014

Existence: God and Anything

by Clinton Chisholm
creation GodYou don’t have to be schooled in philosophy to appreciate that one fundamental question in life is “why is there anything here as opposed to just nothing?” If one is patient or perhaps pride-filled enough to attempt an answer one will discover that if you concede that there is anything at all here (be it the whole universe or any other thing) one can always ask legitimately ‘who/what caused that to be?’ Once you begin…
September 18th, 2014

Killing in Christianity and Islam (WWJD vs. WDMD)

by Clinton Chisholm
Killing In Christianity and islamSome years ago it was almost a norm of principle among many Christians in deciding on daily issues not clearly dealt with in the New Testament to ask ‘What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)’? That approach for many Christians today is still applicable especially in analyzing the behaviour of individual Christians and the Church as a whole in history or at present. So the Crusades are denounced by the WWJD mindset because the ‘intent to slaughter…
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