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Can Intelligent Design Become Respectable, Kelly Smith Dec 2014

Can Intelligent Design Become Respectable, Kelly Smith

Kelly C Smith

What I want to try to do is give you a basic blueprint for respectability. If we make the assumption (and there are lots of people who would question this assumption, but I will make it for the purposes of this talk) that ID theory seriously wishes to become a respectable scientific theory, then I will tell you how to do it. If you follow my 4 simple steps to scientific respectability, you will get what you want: scientific respect, research funds, access to science classrooms, and so on, and so forth. It is actually fairly simple — all you have ...


Election, Moral Performance, Culpability, And The Character Of God, A. Thornhill Dec 2014

Election, Moral Performance, Culpability, And The Character Of God, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


Order In The House? The Reception Of Luther's Orders Teaching In Early Lutheran Genesis Commentaries, Mickey Mattox Dec 2014

Order In The House? The Reception Of Luther's Orders Teaching In Early Lutheran Genesis Commentaries, Mickey Mattox

Mickey L Mattox

The notion that human life at Creation had been set into a series of ordered relationships was central for the Lutheran reformers’ understanding of Church, home, and state. Expositors developed this imaginative theological construct primarily out of the narrative of the Creation and Fall, and they used it as a framework for understanding the obligations of humankind in relation to the Creator, as well as for homes and societies rightly ordered.The Christian home, however, did double duty, serving as an archetype not only of life rightly ordered (law) but also of the love and freedom given by Christ in ...


Christology In Martin Luther's Lectures On Hebrews, Mickey Mattox Dec 2014

Christology In Martin Luther's Lectures On Hebrews, Mickey Mattox

Mickey L Mattox

No abstract provided.


Hacking For The Kingdom?, A. Thornhill Nov 2014

Hacking For The Kingdom?, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


Is Public Reason Counterproductive?, Eduardo Peñalver Nov 2014

Is Public Reason Counterproductive?, Eduardo Peñalver

Eduardo M. Peñalver

The debate over the proper role of religion in public life has raged on for decades and shows little signs of slowing down. Proponents of restrictive accounts of public reason have proceeded under the assumption that religious and deep moral disagreement constitutes a threat to social stability that must be tamed. In contrast to this "scary story" linking pluralism with the threat of instability, there exists within political theory a competing, "happy story" according to which pluralism affirmatively contributes to stability by creating incentives for groups to moderate their demands. Whether the scary story or happy story is a more ...


Unaffiliated Lay Vincentians: Trends And Opportunities For The Vincentian Family, Scott Kelley, Jessica Werner Nov 2014

Unaffiliated Lay Vincentians: Trends And Opportunities For The Vincentian Family, Scott Kelley, Jessica Werner

Scott Kelley

In 2013, DePaul’s Office of Mission & Values (OMV) commissioned a survey of “unaffiliated lay Vincentians,” young adults, ages 18-35, who have had a formative experience in the Vincentian mission either as a student or post-graduate volunteer at a Vincentian institution. Working with Dr. Jessica Werner, Director of Lay Vincentian Missionaries, Dr. Scott Kelley, assistant vice president for Vincentian Scholarship for OMV, shares the survey’s results and what they mean for the larger Vincentian Family.


Review: Worlds Without End: The Many Lives Of The Multiverse, Patrick Blanchfield Oct 2014

Review: Worlds Without End: The Many Lives Of The Multiverse, Patrick Blanchfield

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

No abstract provided.


Science And Theology: Questioning The ‘Two-State Solution, William Cavanaugh Oct 2014

Science And Theology: Questioning The ‘Two-State Solution, William Cavanaugh

William T. Cavanaugh

No abstract provided.


Execration Ritual, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Execration Ritual, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

The execration ritual was intended to prevent rebellious actions by Egyptians, foreigners, or supernatural forces by textually and kinetically destroying enemies via inanimate, animal, or human substitutes. Execration rites are attested throughout Pharaonic history.


European Views Of Egyptian Magic And Mystery: A Cultural Context For The Magic Flute, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

European Views Of Egyptian Magic And Mystery: A Cultural Context For The Magic Flute, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Emanuel Schikaneder lived and created during the height of eighteenth-century interest in and fascination with Egypt. The Magic Flute's Egyptian setting would therefore evoke in their contemporaneous audience notions of a distant land with an exotic and magical culture. The numerous Egyptian elements of the work are representative of its era and are situated near the end of a continuum of European thought about ancient Egypt before the solid foundation of modern day Egyptology had been laid.


Empty Threats? How Egyptians' Self-Ontology Should Affect The Way We Read Many Texts, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Empty Threats? How Egyptians' Self-Ontology Should Affect The Way We Read Many Texts, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

Egyptologists have typically divided texts into those that dealt with the divine and those that treated the mundane. This false dichotomy is not one that the Egyptians themselves would have imposed. They saw themselves as mortal beings that interacted with the divine realm and the afterlife. The texts they created reflect this understanding, and thus we are greatly hampered when we insist that the language of a decree, threat formula, or other texts, must refer to either the mundane or the supernatural, but not both. There is ample evidence that the Egyptians often intended specific wording to invoke multiple realms ...


Approaching Understandings In The Book Of Abraham, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Approaching Understandings In The Book Of Abraham, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

The Book of Abraham is replete with important and rich doctrines for Latter-day Saints. The existence of papyri connected with the Book of Abraham furthers interest in this volume of scripture. While much research has been conducted into the doctrines and also the origins of the Book of Abraham, clearly much more remains to be done.


"Levantine Thinking In Egypt" The Footprint Of Intellectual Influence, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

"Levantine Thinking In Egypt" The Footprint Of Intellectual Influence, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

Upon examination of material and textual remains, there is a great deal of evidence for more contact with the Levant than many have supposed. This contact took the form of both Eyptians in the Levant and Asiatics in Egypt. Futhermore, the Shipwrecked Sailor bears hallmarks of Levantine literature. This famous tale may thus say something significant about Egyptian/Levantine relations. It seems to attest to intellectual influence flowing into Egypt from the Levant.


Binding With Heraldic Plants, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Binding With Heraldic Plants, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

Binding prisoners is a pictorial icon which spans the entire length of ancient Egyptian history; therefore various aspects of this image have received scholarly treatment from time to time. One sub-motif which has received little attention is the image of binding prisoners, seemingly exclusively foreign prisoners, with the heraldic plants.


Royal Executions: Evidence Bearing On The Subject Of Sanctioned Killing In The Middle Kingdom, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Royal Executions: Evidence Bearing On The Subject Of Sanctioned Killing In The Middle Kingdom, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

The pages of this journal, and other publications, have seen disagreement in the past regarding the methods of and reasons for sanctioned killing in Ancient Egypt. Some of this disagreement stems from having looked at large expanses of time without regard to change, and to arbitrarily imposed limitations. By looking at a larger corpus of evidence and restricting the examination to a specific period of time, this paper establishes that the Middle Kingdom engaged in a number of methods of sanctioned killing for more reasons than has often been supposed.


From Clay Tablets To Canon: The Story Of The Formation Of Scripture, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

From Clay Tablets To Canon: The Story Of The Formation Of Scripture, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

Presented at the 35th Sperry Symposium. The Sidney B. Sperry Symposium is sponsored by Brigham Young University Religious Education and the Church Educational System. It is difficult for us, in the age of information, to appreciate the impact of both the sweeping movements and technical advances that allowed for the creation of the canonized book we call the Bible. We live in a time when we regularly turn to written documents for the "final word", and we take for granted an astounding volume of written works and easy access to them. Indeed, it has been argued that U.S. culture ...


Ruth, Redemption, Covenant, And Christ, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Ruth, Redemption, Covenant, And Christ, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

The book of Ruth is one of the most loved stories of the Old Testament. Yet sometimes it remains just that: a story from which some readers gain little in the way of doctrine or application. We identify with the story because the principal actors are neither kings nor prophets but the average people of a typical village. There are neither mighty warriors nor great conflicts, but there are intense struggles for surviving life's difficulties and genuine battles with grief. We love the story because it is so well told, because it has characters we can identify with, because ...


Believing In The Atoning Power Of Christ, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Believing In The Atoning Power Of Christ, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

The book of Deuteronomy begins with a striking verse: "(There are eleven days journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadesh-barnea)" (Deuteronomy 1:2). Because this verse is set within parentheses and seems to relay minutia, it is easily passed over. But a close examination shows it to be one of the most thought-provoking verses in the Old Testament. Identifying two of the sites referred to in the verse makes this clear. Horeb is another name for Mount Sinai. Kadesh-barnea is the place where Moses and the children of Israel camped as they sent men into the ...


Teaching Egyptian History: Some Discipline-Specific Pedagogical Notes, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Teaching Egyptian History: Some Discipline-Specific Pedagogical Notes, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

This paper was originally given at the professional workshop In Search of Egypt's Past: Problems and Perspectives of the Historiography of Ancient Egypt; A North American workshop at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, inaugurating the Journal of Egyptian History, April 23-24, 2008, most of the remaining papers of which will appear in Fascicle 2 of this journal. While many Egyptologists teach Egyptian history, we often fail to carefully conceive of just what this means. Teaching history is more than conveying facts about a time period, it is also teaching how to analyze and (re)construct history. Our classes ...


The Problem With Others, A. Thornhill Sep 2014

The Problem With Others, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


Toward A Constructive ‘Religious Realism,’: Robert Bellah And Reinhold Niebuhr, Harlan Stelmach Sep 2014

Toward A Constructive ‘Religious Realism,’: Robert Bellah And Reinhold Niebuhr, Harlan Stelmach

Harlan Stelmach

Applied Christian Ethics addresses selected themes in Christian social ethics. The book is divided in three parts. In the first section, “Foundation,” several contributors reveal their Christian realist roots and discuss the prophetic origins and multifarious agenda of social ethics. Thus, the names of Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich come up frequently. In the second section, “Economics and Justice,” the focus turns to the different levels at which economics has significance for social justice. These chapters discuss fair housing at the local level, the dialogue between Christians and Native Americans over property rights at the regional and national levels, and ...


Responding To ‘Not In My Backyard’ Advocates: A Christian Feminist Justice Approach, Laura A. Stivers Sep 2014

Responding To ‘Not In My Backyard’ Advocates: A Christian Feminist Justice Approach, Laura A. Stivers

Laura Stivers

Applied Christian Ethics addresses selected themes in Christian social ethics. The book is divided in three parts. In the first section, “Foundation,” several contributors reveal their Christian realist roots and discuss the prophetic origins and multifarious agenda of social ethics. Thus, the names of Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich come up frequently. In the second section, “Economics and Justice,” the focus turns to the different levels at which economics has significance for social justice. These chapters discuss fair housing at the local level, the dialogue between Christians and Native Americans over property rights at the regional and national


Polydox Reflections, Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Kathryn Tanner Jul 2014

Polydox Reflections, Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Kathryn Tanner

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

No abstract provided.


Hanging On To One String, Barry Fike Jul 2014

Hanging On To One String, Barry Fike

Barry D. Fike

This article provides six suggestions based on the Bible's teachings for keeping positive and overcoming adversity.


Do We Speak Where The Bible Speaks?, Barry Fike Jul 2014

Do We Speak Where The Bible Speaks?, Barry Fike

Barry D. Fike

A meditation on the expression: "We speak where the Bible speaks, and are silent where the Bible is silent."


Review Of Atheism, Religion And Enlightenment In Pre-Revolutionary Europe By Mark Curran, Ulrich Lehner Jul 2014

Review Of Atheism, Religion And Enlightenment In Pre-Revolutionary Europe By Mark Curran, Ulrich Lehner

Ulrich L. Lehner

No abstract provided.


How Enlightened Can A Monk Be? The Efforts Of Eighteenth-Century German Benedictines To Reform Monastery And Church, Ulrich Lehner Jul 2014

How Enlightened Can A Monk Be? The Efforts Of Eighteenth-Century German Benedictines To Reform Monastery And Church, Ulrich Lehner

Ulrich L. Lehner

This article investigates how German Benedictines in the eighteenth century tried to reform monastic life and Catholic theology by adopting various aspects of Enlightenment lifestyle and thought. It demonstrates the intellectual diversity that existed in this religious order and the order's intensive dialogue with contemporary culture.


Ghosts Of Westphalia: Fictions And Ideals Of Ecclesial Unity In Enlightenment Germany, Ulrich Lehner Jul 2014

Ghosts Of Westphalia: Fictions And Ideals Of Ecclesial Unity In Enlightenment Germany, Ulrich Lehner

Ulrich L. Lehner

No abstract provided.


The Aesthetic Of Revolution In The Film And Literature Of Naguib Mahfouz, Nathaniel Greenberg Jul 2014

The Aesthetic Of Revolution In The Film And Literature Of Naguib Mahfouz, Nathaniel Greenberg

Nathaniel Greenberg

In the wake of the 1952 Revolution, Egypt’s future Nobel laureate in literature devoted himself exclusively to writing for film. The Aesthetic of Revolution in the Film and Literature of Naguib Mahfouz is the first full-length study in English to examine this critical period in the author’s career and to contextualize it within the scope of post-revolutionary Egyptian politics and culture. Before returning to literature in 1959 with his post-revolutionary masterpiece Children of the Alley, Mahfouz wrote or co-wrote some twenty odd scripts, many of them among the most successful in Egyptian history. He did so at a ...