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Humanities 101

By: on February 9, 2020

Much of my memory of college is a blur. I remember the campus at Michigan State University and how cold it was during the winter. One of the things I remember is walking across a section of campus nicknamed the Frozen Tundra to get to humanities class on the south campus. I do not remember…

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‘I’ love Christmas

By: on February 9, 2020

“Is it possible to overcome Western, white cultural captivity and pursue a biblical model of economic justice?” Soong-Chan Rah, [1]. $20. This is the amount gas that I put in my gas tank every time I stop at the station, whatever amount buys $20 worth. I do this for two reasons. The first is that…

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The Failure Of Leadership Is Too Costly.

By: on February 9, 2020

This quote has been attributed to bill Gates, “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they cannot loose”. Humility is a great virtue that enables leaders to learn from failures and make corrective measures but pride is a great source of failure in leadership. Our egoistic pursuit of success can easily…

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Steak and Beer? Social Constructs or Philosophical Pragmatism

By: on February 9, 2020

In the early 2000’s I had a lengthy conversation with a returned missionary who was ‘reconfiguring’ her faith. At the root of that reconfiguration was her study on Heideggerian Hermeneutics. The mere title was enough to get me very excited; I mean who doesn’t go all gooey at the thought of Martin Heidegger. I was…

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Fear Not: Intersections and Opportunities in Postmodernism

By: on February 8, 2020

Up front let me acknowledge that I am a middle-aged, caucasian,  female, Christian from Canada. This is inescapably the subjective space from which I encounter the world. I recognize that I have  inherited privilege and power because of these identities. These details don’t solely define me and there are many more that would offer more…

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Fullness or Dichotomy

By: on February 7, 2020

This week’s reading, Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault  has been a struggle. While I understand how this book can be helpful and useful in certain contexts, I struggled to relate to this book on a personal, academic, or professional level. From reading reviews, it seems as though I am not the…

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The Gift of Limits

By: on February 7, 2020

Reading philosophy tends to make this student reflective with more questions than answers. This was certainly the case this week while reading Hicks’ Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault. Stephen R.C. Hicks is professor of philosophy at Rockford University, where he is also Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship.…

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The Repair or Replace Conundrum

By: on February 6, 2020

I have become quite fond of a show on Netflix called The Repair Shop, which originally aired on the BBC in the UK. The Repair Shop exists on the property of the Weald and Downland Living Museum in West Sussex,i where a group of craftspeople have come together to fix treasured antiques of all sorts.…

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The Mandorla (as Opposed to the Mandalorian)

By: on February 6, 2020

In Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rosseau to Foucault, Dr. Hicks wants his reader to understand the dangers of postmodern thought and of its ends being nihilism, socialism and chaos, to name a few.[1] Here I thought I was more postmodern than modern because of my Generation X affiliation, my love for the coffee scene…

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Would-Be Clashes and Resonances: Apologetics to Gen Z

By: on February 6, 2020

As I was scanning my notes in preparation for writing this blog post I realized the dizzying array of options available to me. I thought it was comforting and reassuring that I’d get this piece quickly written, given the wealth of source material available in Stephen R.C. Hicks’ Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau…

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The Classroom Remembered

By: on February 6, 2020

In my second year of graduate school (the early 2000s), I took a course titled, Ministry in Emerging Culture. It was full of mostly potential church planters who were preparing to plant churches in various contexts within the US. The “emerging church” movement was brand new, and discussion centered around what ministry would look like…

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Postmodernism, Maybe It’s Not So Bad After All.

By: on February 6, 2020

The general agreement suggests that we live in a postmodern context.[1] Stephen R. C. Hicks is a Canadian American philosopher. He teaches at Rockford University, where he also directs the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. In his book, Explaining Postmodernism, he seeks to trace the origins of our current intellectual way of thinking.  As Marcus…

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Auri Sacra Fames

By: on February 6, 2020

Talking doesn’t come easy for me. Thinking, at times, can be quite overwhelming and attaching spontaneous vocalizations to thoughts has never been less than a challenge. When I observe or experience an injustice, I want to say something, I just don’t know how or what to say. The feelings (immensity of emotion) are there, as…

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What actually is being consumed?

By: on February 6, 2020

Vincent Miller in his book Consuming Religion writes a “Consumer culture is best diagnosed not as a deformation of belief but as a particular way of engaging religious beliefs that divorces them from practice.”[1] Miller is not anti capitalism but is more concerned on what the affects a consumer culture has on religion and how…

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Whatever That Means

By: on February 6, 2020

Another week, another Canadian!  Stephen Hicks, who teaches at Rockford University has put together a dense and highly critiqued tome Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, which argues that postmodernism is a rhetorical strategy, created and kept aflame mainly by academics and elites on the far left, in response to the downfall…

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Ask Not What Your Church Can Do For You…

By: on February 4, 2020

A young couple decided to take a trip together. It was a journey they had been talking about for a long time. Arrangements were carefully made. The couple were thorough in their search, making sure that the carrier they selected could get them to their destination as comfortably and conveniently as possible. They studied several…

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Has “Come Again!” Replaced “Follow Me.”?

By: on February 4, 2020

Rectangles of colorful fabric saturated with images and prayers adorned the walls of the lobby which appeared to be strategically designed to resemble an elitist country club. Unlimited Fair-Trade coffee, complete with images and stories of coffee farmers and their families, was free for the drinking. Popular music playing at just the right volume set…

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Christianity and atheists are new to Africa.

By: on February 4, 2020

Spencer’s purpose in writing is not pushing a political agenda here, but he is clear that the West’s Christianity past does not necessarily imply anything about how it should move into the future. Although from an Africa perspective, we differ with him and agree with some of his reasoning. Spencer does want to counter the…

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