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Baptism Into Christ And/Or Into The Church?, Robert K. Mciver Mar 2019

Baptism Into Christ And/Or Into The Church?, Robert K. Mciver

Robert McIver

This article considers and asks the reader to think about who they are when they are in Christ? Part of a community - or an individual believer only? It examines the meaning that was attached to baptism when Christianity first adopted the practice, and then at some key biblical passages which show that in the New Testament baptism is baptism into Christ, it is the doorway into the Christian community, and that the new member receives gifts of the Spirit at baptism which are to be exercised within the community.


Lost Expectations: On Derrida's Abraham, Mary-Jane V. Rubenstein Dec 2017

Lost Expectations: On Derrida's Abraham, Mary-Jane V. Rubenstein

Mary-Jane Rubenstein


This chapter undertakes a critical analysis of Jacques Derrida’s reading of Fear and Trembling (Frygt og Bæven) in The Gift of Death (Donner la mort). In a gesture that might be called a faithful betrayal, Derrida seeks in this text to “go further” than de Silentio, pushing Abraham’s singular near-sacrifice of Isaac into “the most common” experience of decision, his absolute relation to the Absolute into every relation to any other. Composed largely of anonymous fragments, the essay at hand evaluates the theo-ethico-political stakes of this deconstruction, seeking to re-read Derrida’s tout autre in light of the ...


World Religions: Sikhs, Seventh-Day Adventists And Mennonites, Simran Singh Feb 2016

World Religions: Sikhs, Seventh-Day Adventists And Mennonites, Simran Singh

Simran Jeet Singh

No abstract provided.


Let Sikhs Serve In The U.S. Military, Prabhjot Singh, Simran Singh Feb 2016

Let Sikhs Serve In The U.S. Military, Prabhjot Singh, Simran Singh

Simran Jeet Singh

While the raising of awareness was one positive development to come out of such a horrific incident, it begged the question: why is it that this distinctly visible minority group – of driven entrepreneurs, successful professionals, family-oriented citizens -- have only been noted and praised in tragedy? And further, why is it that Sikhs do not appear to be part of the American fabric? A central part of the problem is that Sikhs have not been allowed to contribute to one of the most powerful forces that binds Americans as a people: shared sacrifice in an all-volunteer military that works tirelessly to ...


Invitation To The Table Conversation: A Few Diverse Perspectives On Integration, Natalia Yangarber-Hicks, Charles Behensky, Sally Schwer, Kelly Schimmel Flanagan, Nicholas J.S. Gibson, Mitchell W. Hicks, Cynthia Neal Kimball, Jenny H. Pak, Thomas G. Plante, Steven L. Porter Dec 2015

Invitation To The Table Conversation: A Few Diverse Perspectives On Integration, Natalia Yangarber-Hicks, Charles Behensky, Sally Schwer, Kelly Schimmel Flanagan, Nicholas J.S. Gibson, Mitchell W. Hicks, Cynthia Neal Kimball, Jenny H. Pak, Thomas G. Plante, Steven L. Porter

Thomas G Plante PhD, ABPP

This article represents an invitation to the "integration table" to several previously underrepresented perspectives within Christian psychology. The Judeo-Christian tradition and current views on scholarship and Christian faith compel us to extend hospitality to minority voices within integration, thereby enriching and challenging existing paradigms in the field. Contributors to this article, spanning areas of cultural, disciplinary, and theological diversity, provide suggestions for how their distinct voices can enhance future integrative efforts.


Faith And Health: What Do We Know?, Thomas G. Plante Dec 2015

Faith And Health: What Do We Know?, Thomas G. Plante

Thomas G Plante PhD, ABPP

There has been a great deal of interest in the relationship between religious faith and health for thousands of years. Regardless of religious tradition, many have sought religious guidance and spiritual support to help prevent, recover from, or cope with both mental and physical health problems. In fact, it was the healing miracles of Jesus that resulted in so much commotion during the early part of his ministry. "The blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk…" clearly highlights the relationship between faith and health.


The Santa Clara Strength Of Religious Faith Questionnaire: Assessing Faith Engagement In A Brief And Nondenominational Manner, Thomas G. Plante Oct 2015

The Santa Clara Strength Of Religious Faith Questionnaire: Assessing Faith Engagement In A Brief And Nondenominational Manner, Thomas G. Plante

Thomas G Plante PhD, ABPP

The Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire is a brief (10-item, or five-item short form version), reliable and valid self report measure assessing strength of religious faith and engagement suitable for use with multiple religious traditions, denominations, and perspectives. It has been used in medical, student, psychiatric, substance abuse, and among general populations nationally and internationally and among multiple cultures and languages. Brief non denominational self report measures of religious and faith engagement that have demonstrated reliability and validity are not common but can have potential for general utility in both clinical and research settings. This article provides an ...


Research On Faith And Health: New Appoaches To Old Questions, Thomas G. Plante, Allen C. Sherman Oct 2015

Research On Faith And Health: New Appoaches To Old Questions, Thomas G. Plante, Allen C. Sherman

Thomas G Plante PhD, ABPP

Does religious faith influence health? Are religious practices associated with altered risks for morbidity or mortality? Do religious or spiritual individuals tend to enjoy better well-being or mental health across the lifespan? Does spiritual or religious involvement change the way individuals adapt to the demands of chronic illness? This volume brings together some of the leading investigators who have explored these intriguing questions. Though research is in its early phases, the chapters that follow review some of what we have learned and begin to trace the outlines of the many mysteries that remain.


Who Is My Neighbor? Commentary On David Hilfiker's Case Story, M. Therese Lysaught Jun 2015

Who Is My Neighbor? Commentary On David Hilfiker's Case Story, M. Therese Lysaught

M. Therese Lysaught

No abstract provided.


Choosing Palliative Care: Do Religious Beliefs Make A Difference?, M. Therese Lysaught Jun 2015

Choosing Palliative Care: Do Religious Beliefs Make A Difference?, M. Therese Lysaught

M. Therese Lysaught

No abstract provided.


Who Is Marc Ouellet?, Michael W. Higgins Mar 2015

Who Is Marc Ouellet?, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

Cardinal Ouellet, in spite of his capacity for stirring resistance, is approachable, personable, and a man of deep faith.


Defined By Spirituality?, Michael W. Higgins Feb 2015

Defined By Spirituality?, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

Pierre Elliott Trudeau was a man of intense, intelligent, and reflective faith, and this critical dimension of the man needs to be rightly considered when assessing his role and impact on Canadian society.


Teleinvestmentevangelists: Celebrity, Ritual And Religion And The Quest To “Beat The Market”, E. Douglas, Mary Keller, Elton Mcgoun Dec 2014

Teleinvestmentevangelists: Celebrity, Ritual And Religion And The Quest To “Beat The Market”, E. Douglas, Mary Keller, Elton Mcgoun

Mary L Keller

Purpose – This paper aims to offer a cultural understanding of investor faith in stock picking despite overwhelming evidence questioning its efficacy. Why, in the face of very widely communicated findings calling into question the advice and assistance offered by financial professionals to help them pick stocks or manage their mutual funds, do so many people persist in these practices? The authors believe that the best way to understand investor faith in the efficacy of stock picking is through teleinvestmentevangelists such as Jim Cramer, whose fusion of celebrity and religion taps into the ritualistic elements of investment that usually lie hidden ...


Wisdom In The Life Of Faith, Lawrence E. Frizzell Nov 2014

Wisdom In The Life Of Faith, Lawrence E. Frizzell

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

Cycle A liturgical readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, November 9, 2014: Wis 6:12-16; Ps 63; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Mt 25:1-13.

This article was previously published in The Catholic Advocate.


Contesting Faith, Truth, And Religious Language At The Creation Museum: A Historical-Theological Reflection, Brent A. R. Hege Aug 2014

Contesting Faith, Truth, And Religious Language At The Creation Museum: A Historical-Theological Reflection, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, attempts to demonstrate the flaws in contemporary science and to offer an alternative explanation of human origins and biological complexity rooted in a specific reading of the biblical narrative. This effort, however, is paradoxically rooted in the worldview of modern science and the Enlightenment. This article will examine the Creation Museum’s definitions of faith, truth, and religious language and will compare these definitions to those of mainline Protestant Christianity to uncover the historical and theological presuppositions of Creationist and mainline Protestant engagements with contemporary science.


Abraham’S Faith: A Study Of Genesis 15:6, Wes Green Sep 2013

Abraham’S Faith: A Study Of Genesis 15:6, Wes Green

Wes Green

No abstract provided.


Theology In Parish Life, Skip Bell Jul 2013

Theology In Parish Life, Skip Bell

Skip Bell

No abstract provided.


Seeing With Feeling, Michael W. Higgins Apr 2013

Seeing With Feeling, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

Book review by Michael W. Higgins. Haughey, John C. In Search of the Whole: Twelve Essays on Faith and Academic Life. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2011.


Introduction To Faith And The Historian: Catholic Perspectives, Nick Salvatore Mar 2013

Introduction To Faith And The Historian: Catholic Perspectives, Nick Salvatore

Nick Salvatore

[Excerpt] What follows are the essays by eight historians touched by Catholicism on the meaning of that experience and its effect on their professional work. The essays are presented in broad chronological order, organized more by generational cohort than by specific date of birth. The essays are reflections, in some cases even meditations, and were never intended to conform to the structure and methodology of the historical article for a professional journal. Still, we have tried to shed some light on the inner processes that create that very work.


Deeply Within: Catholicism, Faith And History, Nick Salvatore Mar 2013

Deeply Within: Catholicism, Faith And History, Nick Salvatore

Nick Salvatore

[Excerpt] In the decade I spent living with Gene Debs, I thought much about faith's relation to intellect, especially in the political realm. It was not just that a socialist in capitalist America needed faith but rather that Debs's very vision of America's promise was itself a profound act of faith. But with the exception of the last chapter, which I titled, "A Species of Purging," following a phrase in one of Debs's prison letters, overt discussion of any religious sensibility was largely sotto voce, echoes of a private dialogue with myself. Pleased as I was ...


Faith And Suffering In A Fragmented World, Lawrence E. Frizzell Aug 2012

Faith And Suffering In A Fragmented World, Lawrence E. Frizzell

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

Cycle B liturgical readings for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 19, 2012: Jb 38:1, 8-11; Ps 107; 2 Cor 5:14-17; Mk 4:35-41.

This article was previously published in The Catholic Advocate.


Faith And Suffering In A Fragmented World, Lawrence E. Frizzell Aug 2012

Faith And Suffering In A Fragmented World, Lawrence E. Frizzell

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

Cycle B liturgical readings for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 19, 2012: Jb 38:1, 8-11; Ps 107; 2 Cor 5:14-17; Mk 4:35-41.

This article was previously published in The Catholic Advocate.


Faith, Politics, And American Culture [Review Of The Books Letter To A Christian Nation, Pity And Politics: The Right-Wing Assault On Religious Freedom, Faith And Politics: How The “Moral Values” Debate Divides America And How To Move Forward Together, The Compassionate Community: Ten Values To Unite America, Righteous: Dispatches From The Evangelical Youth Movement, And Believers: A Journey Into Evangelical America], Nick Salvatore Jun 2012

Faith, Politics, And American Culture [Review Of The Books Letter To A Christian Nation, Pity And Politics: The Right-Wing Assault On Religious Freedom, Faith And Politics: How The “Moral Values” Debate Divides America And How To Move Forward Together, The Compassionate Community: Ten Values To Unite America, Righteous: Dispatches From The Evangelical Youth Movement, And Believers: A Journey Into Evangelical America], Nick Salvatore

Nick Salvatore

[Excerpt] In January 2004, before a black church congregation in New Orleans, President George W. Bush commemorated Martin Luther King's birthday with a spirited promotion of his faith-based initiatives. Appropriating the slain Civil Rights leader's profession of faith, Bush proclaimed his ultimate purpose was to change "America one heart, one soul, one conscience at a time." He emphasized voluntary action by citizens (four times he extolled them as "the social entrepreneurs") and he consistency denigrated the role of government but for one critical function: providing "billions of dollars" to faith-based social-service groups. Proclaiming the values of the Christian ...


Abraham's Faith And Sacrifice, Lawrence E. Frizzell Mar 2012

Abraham's Faith And Sacrifice, Lawrence E. Frizzell

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

Cycle B liturgical readings for the Second Sunday of Lent, March 4, 2012: Gn 22:1-18; Ps 116; Rm 8:32-34; Mk 9:2-10.

This article was previously published in The Catholic Advocate.


Abraham's Faith And Sacrifice, Lawrence E. Frizzell Mar 2012

Abraham's Faith And Sacrifice, Lawrence E. Frizzell

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

Cycle B liturgical readings for the Second Sunday in Lent, March 4, 2012: Gn 22:1-18; Ps 116; Rm 8:32-34; Mk 9:2-10.

This article was previously published in The Catholic Advocate.


Weighing Conscience, Perceptions Of Divine Truth, Lawrence E. Frizzell Apr 2011

Weighing Conscience, Perceptions Of Divine Truth, Lawrence E. Frizzell

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

Cycle A liturgical readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 10, 2011: Ez 37:12-14; Rm 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45.
This article was previously published in The Catholic Advocate.


Review Of Theater In A Crowded Fire By Lee Gilmore, Vaughan S. Roberts Dec 2010

Review Of Theater In A Crowded Fire By Lee Gilmore, Vaughan S. Roberts

Vaughan S Roberts

A review of Lee Gilmore's Theater in a Crowded Fire: Ritual and Spirituality at Burning Man (University of California Press, 2010)


Geschicte Und Historie: The Problem Of Faith And History, Brent A. R. Hege Sep 2010

Geschicte Und Historie: The Problem Of Faith And History, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Faith at the Intersection of History and Experience is the first study in English of the theology of the German Lutheran theologian, Georg Wobbermin (1869–1943), who has been called a “captain of the liberal rearguard.” Widely read and discussed in his own lifetime, Wobbermin’s theology fell into obscurity as dialectical theology rose to prominence in the years following the First World War. Hege presents the major themes of Wobbermin’s theology, particularly his analysis of the relationship between faith and history and his development of a religio-psychological theological method that places faith at the intersection of history and ...


Jesus Christ As Poetic Symbol: Wilhelm Bousset’S Contribution To The Faith-History Debate, Brent A. R. Hege Jun 2010

Jesus Christ As Poetic Symbol: Wilhelm Bousset’S Contribution To The Faith-History Debate, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Wilhelm Bousset, a leading member of the religionsgeschichtliche school and author of a seminal work on early Christology, Kyrios Christos, is typically regarded by reviewers of his work as a classic nineteenth-century liberal who sought a secure foundation for faith in the historical Jesus. However, this view of Bousset fails to appreciate the significant development of his theological perspective on the relationship between faith and history, a perspective that underwent a profound shift due to the influence of the English historian Thomas Carlyle and the Kantian philosopher Jakob Friedrich Fries. It is the influence of these two figures that enables ...


Jesus Christ As Poetic Symbol: Wilhelm Bousset’S Contribution To The Faith-History Debate, Brent A. R. Hege Jun 2010

Jesus Christ As Poetic Symbol: Wilhelm Bousset’S Contribution To The Faith-History Debate, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Wilhelm Bousset, a leading member of the religionsgeschichtliche school and author of a seminal work on early Christology, Kyrios Christos, is typically regarded by reviewers of his work as a classic nineteenth-century liberal who sought a secure foundation for faith in the historical Jesus. However, this view of Bousset fails to appreciate the significant development of his theological perspective on the relationship between faith and history, a perspective that underwent a profound shift due to the influence of the English historian Thomas Carlyle and the Kantian philosopher Jakob Friedrich Fries. It is the influence of these two figures that enables ...