Seeing is believing

Was his motto. Better,

Feeling is believing.

The scientific mind requires

Substantial evidence,

Controlled experiments,

With photographs and measurements.

And Thomas was no poet,

Nor would he credit women—

Or even ten apostles.

He required the touch

Of his ten fingers.

Like that other twin

Who saw the face of God

At break of day, he must

Prevail with his two hands

And not let go.

“I am a twin—there is another like me,

Perhaps another bears His image—

No, I must feel His wounds.”

Seeing is believing—

Can sight bring faith?

Will God appear

For cross-examination,

Show wonders on demand,

And give the Prince’s hand

For critical inspection?

If Thomas will not hear

Moses and the prophets,

Peter, James, and John,

Mary Magdalene,

Will he believe

One risen from the dead?

Seeing is believing—

Thomas saw him

And believed.

Before those wounded feet

Ten fingers clasped themselves

In adoration.

Through blinding tears

The twin saw God.

Seeing is believing,

And before His witness Thomas

Christ stood visibly

That he should see, and we

Be blessed in believing.

Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?


Disunity Anent Unity

Professor Leitch (“Painting Oneself Into a Corner,” Mar. 2 issue) quite rightly quotes me (The Minister and the Care of Souls, p. 131) as supporting the view that the Holy Spirit may create divisions even within Christendom. But I am concerned lest this use of my statement should suggest that I would support Mr. Leitch’s argument that theological discussion must always lead to disunity.…

The intent of my brief discussion of the Holy Spirit in the book quoted Was to envisage the churches as engaged in creating conflict, taking theology seriously and ever seeking that deeper unity which will ...

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