April 20th, 2014

The Resurrection: Engaging Mind and Spirit

by Clinton Chisholm

Any analysis of the Easter story from a New Testament perspective must grapple with 1 Corinthians 15. 1 Corinthians is almost universally accepted as written by Paul about AD 55/56 and therefore earlier than Acts and some, if not all, of the Gospels.
From the details of Acts—18.12, which mentions Paul in Corinth with Gallio as proconsul of Achaia—and the Gallio inscription, we know that Paul visited Corinth in AD 50 and departed there AD…

April 16th, 2014

Jesus’ Death & Resurrection: What Days?

by Clinton Chisholm

Preamble:    Groups like the Church of God International, the Church of God (7th day), The Assembly of Yahweh hold that the crucifixion was on Wednesday and the resurrection on Saturday.[1]  Many in the Caribbean have no doubt been exposed to Herbert W. Armstrong’s booklet; The Resurrection Was Not On Sunday, which argues this view.
What is the argument advanced by these groups and how might we respond from the Bible?
The Arguments for a Wednesday…

March 12th, 2014

The Dynamics of Confession

by Clinton Chisholm

Tiger Woods cheated on his wife with several women and has been publicly chastised and ridiculed. On Feb 19, 2010 Mr. Woods had a televised confession announcement and many were sceptical about the sincerity of his televised confession. To be sure Mr. Woods may not have been very sincere in his confession but we really don’t know.
May I tell you that there is a Tiger Woods in all of us, men and women alike…

February 25th, 2014

Boot-strap Self-lift and a Related Idiocy

by Clinton Chisholm

thinkingThe book God and Stephen Hawking is an intellectually delightful read for such a slim work written by in layman’s terms by John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College.
If any lecturer is looking for a text which showcases the use of critical thinking Lennox’s book has my whole-hearted recommendation.
Lennox kills two nonsensical birds with the same very well slung…

January 18th, 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…

January 14th, 2014

The Philosophical Problem of ‘Miracle’

by Clinton Chisholm

The-Philosophical-Problem-of-‘Miracle’Two Philosophers of worldwide repute one ancient the other modern have launched formidable attacks on the concept and credibility of miracles. These were the 18th century Scottish Philosopher David Hume and the 21st century British Philosopher Antony Flew. I strongly doubt that Flew would have maintained his position against miracles had he lived long enough to revisit his earlier works, since, in 2004 he abandoned atheism though he still did not believe in a personal…