Presbyterian Minister Rev Clifford R L Rawlins gave a public lecture on ‘The Theology of Carnival’ at St Crispin’s Anglican Church, Woodbrook on January 30. The event was hosted by the Sehon Goodridge Theological Society. This is part one of three, of an edited version of the paper.
Just mention the word, ‘Carnival’, and a host of negative comments ensue from puritan-minded churches and pastors relating to all the biblical vices of lust, lasciviousness, licentiousness, revelry and debauchery.
This outlook stems from the classic Augustinian worldview that divides the world into two sharply opposing and distinct ways of being; the sacred and the secular or sometimes, the profane; the Christian, refined and destined for eternal glory, and the non-Christian, perverted and doomed.