Archive for September, 2013

Humanity Ph.D. Programs Grow?

September 17, 2013

Hard to fathom, but here are the facts. Reasons? I like the first one suggested in the article a lot. But probably all of the above plus some more.

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Atheism from a recliner

September 11, 2013

Some thoughts on contemporary atheism.

Race at White Evangelical Schools

September 11, 2013

I’m linking to the introductory post for a series of brief stories from African-American students at predominantly white evangelical colleges. I’ve read the first six posts in the series and have found them thought provoking and interesting. Though I teach at a school that has a much different student mix, there are times when we still struggle with the cultural issues from the administrative and teacher side – where we are far less diverse than our student body (though working on it!). I hope we can learn from these stories.

Science

September 11, 2013

I’m not sure this is how science works.

Christianity without Orthodoxy

September 11, 2013

Rod Dreher asks about its possibility. And ends with this chilling conclusion:

How any religion survives the loss of a sense of the need for orthodoxy, I don’t know. I guess we’ll find out.

Just War

September 11, 2013

Stan Hauerwas on the realism (or lack thereof) of just war theory. Here’s the key point he makes:

That is why Christian realism requires the disavowal of war. Christians do not disavow war because it is often so horrible, but because war, in spite of its horror – or perhaps because it is so horrible – can be so morally compelling. That is why the church does not have an alternative to war. The church is the alternative to war.

An interesting take.

Warning about Presentism

September 11, 2013

A quotation from Allan Bloom on our poor historical sensitivity. It’s hard to break free from our present sensibilities (even from my mature sensibilities while reflecting on my earlier days).

Radical and Ordinary

September 10, 2013

A contribution by Michael Horton to the discussion about being radical or being ordinary. Or maybe the ordinary can be a bit radical.

Blended courses

September 10, 2013

Some thoughts on how blended courses can maintain the triangle of teacher, student and world.

Rules for email

September 10, 2013

Some email rules for students. Helpful.