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February 2019 Feature Article

Inter-Religious Dialogue: Compromise of Faith or Expression of Conviction?
By Dr Leow Theng Huat

In recent years, I have had the opportunity to engage in several inter-faith activities, often as a representative of the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS). A few well-meaning Christians have privately expressed to me the discomfort they feel: Was I compromising my Christian faith by participating in these activities? This concern stems from a particular perception of inter-religious dialogue, one based on a model promoted, perhaps most prominently, by the philosopher of religion John Hick. Hick teaches that the major world religions all point to the same reality, which the various religions have described using different terms (e.g. “God”, “heaven”, “nirvana”). In the end, “all roads lead to Rome”, and we end up at the same destination, whichever religious path we follow.

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February 2019 Credo

Is Jesus God? A Historical Evaluation Concerning the Deity of Christ
By Dr Andrew Loke

Jesus of Nazareth is one of the most significant and controversial figures of human civilization, and billions of people throughout history have regarded him as divine. But where did this astonishing idea come from? How did a human Jewish preacher come to be regarded as God?

Option #1: Jesus was divinized during the time of Constantine in the fourth century; the New Testament we read today—which claims that Jesus was divine (e.g. John 20:28-29)—have been significantly changed from the originals in the first century.

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February 2019 Pulse 

Descent into Barbarity
By Dr Roland Chia

Last month, Democrats in New York passed a bill that allowed women to abort their infant for any reason and at any point of pregnancy up to the moment of birth.

‘A standing ovation for abortion?’, writes Ashely McGuire in USA Today. ‘That’s what New York’s Reproductive Health Act got in the Senate chamber when it passed last week. Lawmakers and bystanders stood and applauded a law that legalized abortion all the way up until birth, for any reason.’

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  • 20 Mar 2019: ETHOS Conversation 2019 : Nurturing the Future Generation
    Panelists: Mr Desmond Lee (Minister of Social and Family Development) & Rev Christopher Chia (Senior Pastor/Moderator from Adam Road Presbyterian Church)
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Featured Video

ETHOS Annual Lecture 2018: Some Thoughts on Being a Christian in an Age of Global Uncertainty (Part 1)
24 Oct 2018

Part 2 of this lecture is available HERE.