Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Tuesday | February 12, 2013
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Deepen debate on Church, society
THE EDITOR, Sir:

I always enjoy reading Martin Henry's well-written and informative articles, even when they are as long as 'Religion and development', which appeared in the Jamaica Gleaner Online on Sunday, February 10, 2013.

Mr Henry did an excellent job in this article to demonstrate the positive economic impact of the Christian faith on Western civilisation. But the case could also be made for the tremendous social transformation and development of Western societies that resulted from the impact of Christianity on Western civilisation during the periods commented on in the article.

The critique by Ian Boyne and John Blake of the impact of the Church on the development of the nation state in Jamaica's case, a nation considered Christian with one of the largest number of churches per square mile, no doubt finds its basis in these two undeniable historical facts from the history of Western civilisation.

But if the transforming power of the Christian Gospel that accounted for these economic and social realities within Western civilisation can be still accepted as being relevant to our times, how do we explain Jamaica's high crime and corruption and other social ills that are threatening our very existence as a people?

Probably, a follow-up article exploring this question would go a far way in advancing the debate. Once again, congratulations on the publication of another great article.

NEWTON GABBIDON

ipmiorg@aol.com

Brooklyn, New York

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