Dignity, Respect and Speech

May 2019 Pulse There has been much discussion in recent months in Singapore about deliberate falsehoods (especially the online variety) and hate or offensive speech. Hardly a day passes that The Straits Times does not carry an article or two about these menaces and...

1 Peter 3:18-22: Did Christ Descend into Hell?

May 2019 Credo A Difficult Passage 1 Peter 3:18-22, filled with textual, grammatical, lexical and theological difficulties is considered as one of the most difficult passages in the NT.  This is evidenced by the great reformer, Martin Luther’s comments: “This is a...

Words That Offend

May 2019 Pulse In his recent ministerial statement on hate speech, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam stressed that society must not only condemn hate speech, it must also shun speech that is offensive. This is because if offensive speech is not checked, over...

Augustine and Christian Education

May 2019 Credo One of the most important features of Christianity is its emphasis on teaching, or, to put it differently, its didactic character. Writing to his protégé Titus, Paul exhorts him to ‘teach what accords with sound doctrine’ (Titus 4:1). In similar vein,...