Loving Obedience

October 2018 Pulse At the beginning of the 19th century, the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley declared that obedience is the “bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, “for it makes slaves of men, and of the human frame a mechanised automation.” A child of the...

Was Jesus Mistaken?

October 2018 Credo Jesus’ statements concerning the timing of the consummation of the kingdom of God, recorded in the Gospels, have generated considerable debate among some scholars. For instance, in Mark 9:1, Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Truly, I say to you, there...

罪恶还是犯罪? – 论道德立法

海峡时报于9月24日(2018年)发表了一篇许通美教授的文章,名为“377A条文:罪恶不同于犯罪”。文章是因最近由印度最高法院裁定废除印度刑事法典377条文而引发了新加坡国人对377A条文的新一轮辩论后撰写的。 持“废除”和“保留”立场的双方都组织了在线请愿,以争取对其立场的支持。除了许教授之外,有好几位著名的公众人物也纷纷加入讨论,并表示支持废除此条文。新加坡基督教全国教会理事会、罗马天主教会大主教和回教当局都发表了反对废除的正式声明。 许教授在他的文章中讨论了一系列广泛的问题。...

A Sin Or A Crime? – On Legislating Morality

(Click here for Chinese version) October 2018 Pulse On September 24 (2018), The Straits Times published an article by Professor Tommy Koh entitled ‘Section 377A: There is a difference between a sin and a crime’. This article was written in the wake of renewed debate...

Populism and Democracy

October  2018 Pulse In his op-ed article published in The Straits Times (11 October 2017), Jonathan Eyal examines the problem with referendums in the wake of the one conducted in Catalonia, Spain. While some have hailed referendums as the highest form of democracy,...