Dr. Kelly Burton   In an effort to understand the times, I have been spending my semester break reading through a stack of recent books on contemporary cultural concerns often going by the terms Critical Theory, Social Justice, or Progressivism. I favor using the term Progressivism because it captures the Marxist view of the progress…

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Integrity is a concern for consistency. Yet Emerson famously wrote in Self-Reliance, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” Emerson is thinking of consistency and conformity. He is advocating for a kind of self-expression or self-creation where one’s individuality is defined in contrast to the group. As…

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By Greg Goodrich Beliefs divide us.  At first this may sound like a call to set beliefs aside, but it’s quite the opposite.  Beliefs can and should unite us.  Our beliefs will either unite our being in the focused pursuit of a meaningful life, or they will divide us until there is nothing left; nothing…

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I’m reading through “The Death of Ivan Illych” by Tolstoy and this seems like a perfect Christmas story. Just as with Scrooge, we are given a look at the hardness of the human heart and what suffering it takes to repent. Sometimes philosophers discuss what they call the hiddenness of God. This takes seriously the…

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General revelation is what can be known about God and the moral law by all persons at all times.   It is what is available to humans through creation and history. The light of nature is used to understand both general revelation and special revelation (scripture). Reason is called the light of nature because it…

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