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Robbery, Pragmatic Encroachment, And The Knowledge Norm Of Action, Michael Da Silva Jan 2018

Robbery, Pragmatic Encroachment, And The Knowledge Norm Of Action, Michael Da Silva

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One of the salutary features of Timothy Williamson’s knowledge-first epistemology, which he most thoroughly defends in Knowledge and Its Limits (2000), is its explanation and defense of knowledge norms for assertion and action. Williamsonian knowledge, in other words, is partly justified by its ability to explain why we do and should speak and act in certain ways. His defense of knowledge norms is, however, the subject of several critiques. The line of criticism that I will address in this piece argues that Williamson’s argument for the knowledge norm of action is in tension with his account of knowledge ...


Begger Better? How Church Size Is Related To Church Health (&Growth), Petr Činčala, Duane Mcbride, Rene Drumm Oct 2017

Begger Better? How Church Size Is Related To Church Health (&Growth), Petr Činčala, Duane Mcbride, Rene Drumm

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No abstract provided.


The Ancient Waldenses: Did The Reformation Predate Luther?, P. Gerard Damsteegt Oct 2017

The Ancient Waldenses: Did The Reformation Predate Luther?, P. Gerard Damsteegt

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While significant attempts to reform the Roman Catholic Church had taken place before Martin Luther, Luther with his 1517 work, the Ninety-Five Theses, is widely acknowledged to have started the Reformation. But there were others, before Luther, who preached similar reforms but did not succeed in changing the Roman Church of their time. To the names of Jan Hus, Peter Waldo, and John Wycliffe we may also add a nearly forgotten group of reformers—the ancient Waldenses.


Ministry Without Borders: Insights From The New Testament, Katelyn Campbell, Boubakar Sanou, Hyveth Williams Oct 2017

Ministry Without Borders: Insights From The New Testament, Katelyn Campbell, Boubakar Sanou, Hyveth Williams

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On the basis of the evidences surveyed above, although there is functional distinction among the laos of God, if we consider the body imagery given to the church and the variety of spiritual gifts (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12–14 and Ephesians 4), there should be no status, gender, class or hierarchical distinction, because all believers and ministries are equal before God (Acts 10:34; Galatians 3:26–28). While the clergy/ laity hierarchical distinction is embedded and assumed in religious circles, it cannot be found in the New Testament. Rather than being the activity of a spiritual aristocracy or ...


Six Secrets Nature Thrives By, Petr Činčala Aug 2017

Six Secrets Nature Thrives By, Petr Činčala

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No abstract provided.


The Wurker-Gibson Bible Collection And The 500th Anniversary Of The Reformation, Lawrence Onsager, Terry Dwain Robertson Jun 2017

The Wurker-Gibson Bible Collection And The 500th Anniversary Of The Reformation, Lawrence Onsager, Terry Dwain Robertson

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As part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Terry Robertson and I decided to highlight the James White Library’s copy of Luther’s 1534 Bible, the role of Chester Gibson in donating the Bible to Andrews and the story of Paul Wurker, who collected this particular Bible and the other Bibles which we are calling the Wurker-Gibson Bible Collection.


Identity And Scene: Alterity And Authenticity In Taxicab Confessions, Steven W. Schoen Mar 2017

Identity And Scene: Alterity And Authenticity In Taxicab Confessions, Steven W. Schoen

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This essay examines the visual rhetoric of HBOs reality TV program Taxicab Confessions, New York, New York (2005). Drawing on Burke’s rhetorical understanding of scene and Straw’s approach to scene as a category for the analysis of urban culture, I argue that the taxicab interior and nighttime street images of New York City structure a scene of indeterminacy, intimacy, and “reality,” thus framing the passengers’ self-presentations within a context of “authenticity.” The program’s visual structure locates passengers simultaneously outside of and within social norms and reinforces hegemonic notions of race, gender, and sexuality. Passengers are situated within ...


Relationship Of Religiosity And Spirituality To Hazardous Drinking, Drug Use, And Depression Among Sexual Minority Women, Laurie Drabble, Cindy Veldhuis, Barth Riley, Sharon Rostosky, Tonda Hughes Jan 2017

Relationship Of Religiosity And Spirituality To Hazardous Drinking, Drug Use, And Depression Among Sexual Minority Women, Laurie Drabble, Cindy Veldhuis, Barth Riley, Sharon Rostosky, Tonda Hughes

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Using data from Wave 3 of the Chicago Health and Life Experiences of Women (CHLEW) study (N = 699), we explored whether religiosity and spirituality were associated with risk of hazardous drinking, drug use, and depression among sexual minority women (SMW; i.e., lesbian, bisexual) and possible differences by race/ethnicity. Participants were more likely to endorse spirituality than religiosity, and endorsement of each was highest among African American SMW. We found no protective effect of religiosity or spirituality for hazardous drinking or drug use. An association initially found between identifying as very spiritual and past-year depression disappeared when controlling for ...


Review Of Rice: Global Networks And New Histories, Ed. By Francesca Bray, Peter A. Coclanis, Edda L. Fields-Black, And Dagmar Schäfer, Andrew Sluyter Jan 2017

Review Of Rice: Global Networks And New Histories, Ed. By Francesca Bray, Peter A. Coclanis, Edda L. Fields-Black, And Dagmar Schäfer, Andrew Sluyter

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No abstract provided.


Epistemological Matters Matter For Theological Understanding, Joseph F. Laporte Jan 2017

Epistemological Matters Matter For Theological Understanding, Joseph F. Laporte

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This article leads the reader to appreciate some of the importance of philosophical epistemology, to the field of theology, by way of two fascinating philosophical topics. As it does so, it provides some development and clarification of two notions important in epistemology: first, rationality, and second, the distinction sometimes called the “propositional–experiential” distinction. The first is the more central to mainstream philosophy today. Since at least Plato, philosophers have asked: what is it to know something, or to be rational or right-headed, as opposed to kooky or gullible, in believing something? Christian philosophers have applied this study to the ...


The Image Of The Beast From The Land (Rev 13, 11-18): A Study In Incongruity, Craig R. Koester Jan 2017

The Image Of The Beast From The Land (Rev 13, 11-18): A Study In Incongruity, Craig R. Koester

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No abstract provided.


Luther Seminary: It Takes A Village, Adam J. Copeland, Jason Misselt Jan 2017

Luther Seminary: It Takes A Village, Adam J. Copeland, Jason Misselt

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The authors describe how, framed within an initiative to equip faith leaders and congregations around matters of stewardship, Luther Seminary’s Economic Conditions Facing Future Ministers (ECFFM) program has emerged as part of the work of the seminary’s Center for Stewardship Leaders. The ECFFM initiative focused on conducting new research and strengthening current campus programs in order to decrease student debt through building financial literacy, stewardship training, and financial support.


Entering The Stream To Enlightenment, Daniel S. Capper Jan 2017

Entering The Stream To Enlightenment, Daniel S. Capper

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No abstract provided.


Sing A New Song To The City: Ambient Rhetoric And Urban Hymns, Adam J. Copeland Jan 2017

Sing A New Song To The City: Ambient Rhetoric And Urban Hymns, Adam J. Copeland

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Hymns are a key component of how Christians express their faith. But many of these hymns do represent the rhythms and sensibilities of an older and largely agrarian world. Using the concept of “ambient rhetoric,” Adam Copeland suggests that it is time for other hymns that represent the ethos of daily life in an increasingly urbanized world, hymns that will speak to the realities of urban culture.


Property And Sovereignty: An Indian Reserve And A Canadian City, Douglas C. Harris Jan 2017

Property And Sovereignty: An Indian Reserve And A Canadian City, Douglas C. Harris

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Property rights, wrote Morris Cohen in 1927, are delegations of sovereign power. They are created by the state and operate to establish limits on its power. As such, the allocation of property rights is an exercise of sovereignty and a limited delegation of it. Sixty years later, Joseph Singer used Cohen’s conceptual framing in a critical review of developments in American Indian law. Where the US Supreme Court had the opportunity to label an American Indian interest as either a sovereign interest or a property interest, he argued, it invariably chose to the disadvantage of the Indians. Within Canada ...


White Religious Educators Resisting White Fragility: Lessons From Mystics, Mary E. Hess Dec 2016

White Religious Educators Resisting White Fragility: Lessons From Mystics, Mary E. Hess

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Decades of work in dismantling racism have not yielded the kind of results for which religious educators have hoped. One primary reason has been what scholars term “white fragility,” a symptom of the structural racism which confers systemic privilege upon White people. Lessons learned from Christian mystics point to powerful ways to confront and resist the siren call of such formation and instead to make resisting racism an integral part of Christian identity for White people.


Cross-Language Community Engagement: Assessing The Strengths Of Heritage Learners, Elise Dubord, Elizabeth Kimball Dec 2016

Cross-Language Community Engagement: Assessing The Strengths Of Heritage Learners, Elise Dubord, Elizabeth Kimball

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This article reports on university students’ learning outcomes stemming from their work as language partners in a community-based learning project in an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class with adult Spanish-speaking immigrants. We present a rubric designed to assess student learning in the collaborative, cross-language nature of the partnership that moves beyond notions of language acquisition. The rubric was used to score the reflective writing of students in two university classes who participated in this off-campus partnership, one in Spanish for majors, and one in English for general education students. Our analysis focuses on correlations between students’ language ...


The Triune God As A Driving Force Behind A Healthy Growing Church, Petr Činčala Nov 2016

The Triune God As A Driving Force Behind A Healthy Growing Church, Petr Činčala

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This study explores the recent missiological and ecclesiological discussion as it relates to the wellbeing of the Church; this is considered in light of an analysis of Trinitarian text in Matthew 28:19 and major themes of 1 John.


Building A Vibrant, Healthy, Growing Church, Petr Činčala Nov 2016

Building A Vibrant, Healthy, Growing Church, Petr Činčala

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Research has shown healthy and vital churches are doing better than plateauing dysfunctional churches. Empirical research has also demonstrated churches can turn around. This paper also provided a list of currently used/developed tools that can help churches to grow healthier. The tools were described and evaluated for practical application.


The Impact Of Traumatic Life Events: Reactions And Resilience – Part Ii, Harvey J. Burnett Jr Nov 2016

The Impact Of Traumatic Life Events: Reactions And Resilience – Part Ii, Harvey J. Burnett Jr

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No abstract provided.


The Elca By The Numbers, Mark A. Granquist Oct 2016

The Elca By The Numbers, Mark A. Granquist

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No abstract provided.


Gaining By Denying: An Invitation To The Discipline Of Fasting—Part 2 Of 2, S. Joseph Kidder, Kristy L. Hodson Sep 2016

Gaining By Denying: An Invitation To The Discipline Of Fasting—Part 2 Of 2, S. Joseph Kidder, Kristy L. Hodson

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No abstract provided.


The Impact Of Traumatic Life Events: Reactions And Resilience – Part I, Harvey J. Burnett Jr Sep 2016

The Impact Of Traumatic Life Events: Reactions And Resilience – Part I, Harvey J. Burnett Jr

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No abstract provided.


Martina's Choice - And The Church That Helped Her Make It, Skip Bell Sep 2016

Martina's Choice - And The Church That Helped Her Make It, Skip Bell

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Watching three-year-old Marisa build the walls of her playhouse, you would not think her life was a miracle. Her black hair bounces lightly when she gathers another two or three large plastic blocks, and then she laughs as she puts the blocks in place. This is not the story of a child who survived a risky medical procedure but, rather, the story of a child who survived the process of her mother’s choice. An immigrant working to support her family back home, Martina* found herself unwed and with an unwanted pregnancy, as have so many young women of varied ...


Truth, Love, And The Justice Of God: An Interview With Jiří Moskala, Jiří Moskala, Derek J. Morris Aug 2016

Truth, Love, And The Justice Of God: An Interview With Jiří Moskala, Jiří Moskala, Derek J. Morris

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No abstract provided.


Review Of Sandra Maria Van Opstal. The Next Worship: Glorifying God In A Diverse World, Willie Edward Hucks Ii Aug 2016

Review Of Sandra Maria Van Opstal. The Next Worship: Glorifying God In A Diverse World, Willie Edward Hucks Ii

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Few books have I picked up and read from cover to cover in one sitting. The Next Worship qualifies as one of them. Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a pastor at the Grace and Peace Community in Chicago, Illinois, masterfully addresses throughout this book her questions at the close of her introduction, “How do we lead worship in communities that are growing increasingly diverse? How do I get my congregation onboard with multiethnic worship? Is it even necessary?” (17).


Footnotes: Department Of History & Political Science, Andrews University Jul 2016

Footnotes: Department Of History & Political Science, Andrews University

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Department newsletter. "We enjoyed an exciting and jam-packed academic year.


Minority Report: Re-Reading Gilgamesh After Levinas, Francis Dominic Degnin Jul 2016

Minority Report: Re-Reading Gilgamesh After Levinas, Francis Dominic Degnin

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The Epic of Gilgamesh attempts to answer the question of how, given the finality of death, one might find meaning and happiness in life. Many commentators argue that the text provides two separate, although ultimately unsatisfactory, alternatives. What these commentators appear to miss, however, is the possibility that these two solutions may not be separate. Using Levinas’s distinction between “need” and “desire,” I argue that, by the end of the Epic, they may in fact be synthesized into a single solution, one that suggests the priority of an affective moral grounding as prior to and more fundamental than intellectual ...


Deep Breathing Of The Soul: Honesty In Prayer, Jo Ann Davidson Jul 2016

Deep Breathing Of The Soul: Honesty In Prayer, Jo Ann Davidson

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Honesty in prayer is crucial for our life with God. Prayers in Scripture teach us this. Many biblical prayers are filled with grief and protest, but God does not turn away. He is not offended by our honest complaints. One of the primary characteristics of prayer in the Bible points to honesty, often expressing hurt and frustration.


Gaining By Denying: An Invitation To The Discipline Of Fasting—Part 1 Of 2, S. Joseph Kidder, Kristy L. Hodson Jul 2016

Gaining By Denying: An Invitation To The Discipline Of Fasting—Part 1 Of 2, S. Joseph Kidder, Kristy L. Hodson

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No abstract provided.