Anointed? … Evangelicals and Authority 4 (RJS)

I recently received, courtesy of the publisher, a copy of the new book The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age by Randall Stephens, an associate professor of history at Eastern Nazarene College and Karl Giberson, formerly a professor of Physics at Eastern Nazarene. Giberson has now moved on to concentrate on a number of [Read More...]

Science as Religion Revisited (RJS)

Back a month ago or  so I posted on some back and forth between two philosophers on the New York Times website regarding naturalism and the basis for naturalism What is Naturalism by Timothy Williamson a reaction, Why I am a Naturalist by Alex Rosenberg, and a response by Timothy Williamson On Ducking Challenges to [Read More...]

Anointed? … Evangelicals and Authority 3 (RJS)

I recently received, courtesy of the publisher, a copy of the new book The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age by Randall Stephens, an associate professor of history at Eastern Nazarene College and Karl Giberson, formerly a professor of Physics at Eastern Nazarene. Giberson has now moved on to concentrate on a number of [Read More...]

Stress and the Jesus Creed (RJS)

A frequent reader sent me a link recently to a series of YouTube videos from a PBS special describing a body of research exploring the link between stress and human health (HT JG). One of the featured studies is a 30 year field study of a troop of baboons in Kenya led by Professor Robert [Read More...]

Anointed? … Evangelicals and Authority 2 (RJS)

I recently received, courtesy of the publisher, a copy of the new book The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age by Randall Stephens, an associate professor of history at Eastern Nazarene College and Karl Giberson, formerly a professor of Physics at Eastern Nazarene. Giberson has now moved on to concentrate on a number of [Read More...]

Anointed? … Evangelicals and Authority 1 (RJS)

I recently received, courtesy of the publisher, a copy of the new book The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age by Randall Stephens, an associate professor of history at Eastern Nazarene College and Karl Giberson, formerly a professor of Physics at Eastern Nazarene. Giberson has now moved on to concentrate on a number of [Read More...]

For the Common Good 2 (RJS)

The concept of academic freedom at some level is assumed by many these days although it is, more or less, a voluntary agreement within the academic community. The question I would like to consider today is the application of the idea of academic freedom to Christian colleges, universities, and graduate schools (seminaries). We can consider three specific cases to help direct some of the conversation: John Schneider at Calvin College, Peter Enns at Westminster Theological Seminary, and Richard Colling at Olivet Nazarene College. [Read more...]

For the Common Good 1 (RJS)

I’ve been reading a book lately, For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom by Matthew W. Finkin and Robert C. Post. This book provides a historical description of the development of the ideals of academic freedom in the US, including the forces that have push for and against academic freedom. Stanley Fish, in [Read More...]

Is Marriage Overblown? (RJS)

Scot brought an article to my attention a few weeks ago – with little to do with science, yet much worth thinking about. This article, All the Single Ladies, by Kate Bolik was published in Nov. 2011 issue of The Atlantic. In her essay Bolik explores many aspects of marriage and relationship in 21st century [Read More...]

Communicating Science (RJS)

There are a couple of interesting articles in the latest issue of Physics Today – a monthly magazine published by the American Institute of Physics and delivered as part of the membership dues to those belonging to member societies including the American Physical Society, The American Association of Physics Teachers, and a number of other [Read More...]


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