How a Minority Church Impacted Wider Society

February 2017 Credo The early church avoided active engagement with Roman politics, where the contestation for power was brutal and political fortune was fickle, brutish and short. The bedraggled religious community was already leading a precarious existence since it...

Music and Morality

November 2016 Pulse In February this year (2016), Pop Queen Madonna held her controversial Rebel Heart concert in Singapore amidst concerns expressed by religious groups. In his pastoral letter, Roman Catholic Archbishop William Goh urges his 300,000 strong flock not...

The Myth of Secular Neutrality

December 2015 Pulse Secularists have long ridiculed religion by portraying it as dangerous and divisive. Secularism, they insist, is not only objective since it is based on the natural sciences and empirical rationalism; it is also more tolerant and neutral, and...

Returning to Basics on SG50?

December 2015 Feature Article In her inimitable style as one of Singapore’s leading writers of fiction and non-fiction, Catherine Lim [1] offers articles that might allude to the political mood of a young nation that has almost come of age. In her oft-witty and...

Civilisation and Barbarism

November 2015 Pulse In his 2011 book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker argues that “violence has been in decline for long stretches of time” and that “we may be living in the most peaceful era of our species’ existence.”...