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A Theology of Food

“Eating is an agricultural act.” -Wendell Berry For those who pursue a life of faith, there is an ongoing discussion of how people ought to live in order to be more fully human, to seek “the good life.” Within this discussion there is often an emphasis on theology, the study of the nature of God. …

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Interpretation and Community: An Introduction and Critique of Reception History

Reception history is a scholarly discipline that “is still in its infancy and even now is sometimes regarded with suspicion or disdain by practitioners of traditional exegetical methods,” like historical criticism.[1] As a method of biblical studies, reception history concerns itself with how the Bible has been interpreted and received in various communities, times, places, …

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Contextualizing the Veil: Strategy, Agency, and Hijab

Historical examples of oppression and marginalization have hinged on a homogenization of the Other – a simplification of complex histories, contexts, motives, and practices at the expense of meaning and accuracy. Physically violent processes of homogenization, ranging from American slavery to German concentration camps, are sadly easy to recall. Yet a more subtle process of …

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What Is a Nation?

In his essay What is a Nation?, Ernest Renan makes this statement: “To have common glories in the past and to have a common will in the present; to have performed great deeds together, to wish to perform still more – these are the essential conditions for being a people”[1]. Renan’s argument is simple: there …

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Why Be So Quick to Affirm Religious Freedom? St. Augustine’s Rationale for Suppressing Religious Liberty

Given the outrage against international religious liberty, numerous public intellectuals are crying out for justice. The notion of religious freedom, however, must be soberly examined. The Christian Church began facing these questions of religious liberty when it ascended to a position of political authority 1,700 years ago and ultimately determined that persecution could be a …

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Using Mindfulness in Therapy

Recent studies show that people today spend nearly half their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are currently doing.[1] We are all familiar with the experiences of driving to work and not remembering the drive, watching television and forgetting what program we were watching once the commercials start, or not be able …

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