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Monthly Archives: September 2010
Jess Hale  |  September 24, 2010  |  Religion, Vocation

With an implied smile, my feminist clergy wife inscribed “You know this a gift of love” as she gave me Stanley Hauerwas’ Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir as a Father’s Day gift back in June. She knew that since reading his A Peaceable Kingdom more than two decades ago, I have been in a good-natured argument with his writings. I have been an attorney in … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  September 10, 2010  |  Cities

  Fast Company has published their 10 Fast Cities list with a micro-description of each. What would you say about your city or local community if all you had was one photo and a tagline to say it? An example of this writ large can be seen by the photographer of Hamilton365 who was at an event I attended this past spring. Last year he … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  September 8, 2010  |  Politics, Religion

It’s not an academic question, as James Ron writes in last week’s Ottawa Citizen: most of the world’s largest faith traditions have relief agencies, many of which serve far beyond their own faith. And those agencies are among the most prolific and powerful respondents to today’s urgent tragedies. The issue might find focus in Pakistan where the Catholic Caritas, second in size only to the … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  September 6, 2010  |  Literature, Religion

Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America, Mark Schwehn (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993), 48f: Consider the virtue of humility. Much of what passes for laziness or the proverbial ‘lack of motivation’ among today’s students really involves a lack of humility, stemming in part from a lack of piety or respect for the aspect of God’s ongoing creation that manifests itself … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  September 6, 2010  |  Politics

I teach at a Christian college now solidly known for its politically conservative bent among the administration. Its curriculum includes a three-semester core backbone in politics, philosophy, and economics for all majors (PPE as well as business and media/culture) in which the students learn a lot about the principles of Western democracy and American political philosophy. Oh, and we’re also located in Manhattan. Which means … MORE »