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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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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The Necessity of Virtue-Centered Education in a Market Economy

“It’s an election year and candidates can’t stop speaking about our country’s problems (which of course only they can solve). As a result of this negative drumbeat, many Americans now believe that their children will not live as well as they do. That view is dead wrong: the babies born in America today are the …

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Mysticism and Philosophy: Towards a Validation of Feminine Epistemology

Academics have largely avoided the use of the mystical disciplines as a form of academic inquiry because those disciplines typically cannot be formatted into syllogistic systems. But we should note that this exclusion presumes that logical ways of knowing are somehow superior to experiential ways. In other words, it assumes that masculine knowledge is better …

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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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Why Be So Quick to Affirm Religion 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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