ARTICLES

Kimlyn J. Bender - The The Confessional Task of the Christian University

In previous decades, reflection upon the relation of Christian faith and the university has
revolved around questions of character formation, or has relied on quite formal models
of the place of theology within secular European universities. In this paper, an attempt to
provide a truly theological account of the existence of a Christian university itself is offered.
As such, this essay seeks to go beyond questions of moral and character formation
and the justification of retaining religion within the secular university. Kimlyn J. Bender
is a professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University.

 

Daniel A. Dombrowski - The “In Between” Status of Liberal Religion: Matthew Arnold’s Influence on Charles Hartshorne

Charles Hartshorne (1897-2000) is considered by many philosophers and theologians to be
one of the greatest metaphysicians and philosophers of religion in the twentieth century.
Some thinkers even see him at the top of the list in this regard. In several of his writings he
indicates the influence of the famous nineteenth-century writer Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)
on his thought. However, as far as Daniel A. Dombrowski knows, no one has yet explored
this influence in detail or determined exactly what was Arnold’s influence on Hartshorne. In
the present article he attempts such an exploration, which will also include a treatment of the
important way in which Hartshorne, as a metaphysician, differs significantly from Arnold.
In the course of this study he will also attempt to shed light on the “in between” status of
liberal religion, in general. Mr. Dombrowski is Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University.

 

 

REFLECTION

Lambert Zuidervaart - Philosophy, Truth, and the Wisdom of Love

Do we live in a “post-truth” era? Are appeals to emotion really replacing factual truth? Has
truth become irrelevant? Tracing Western conceptions of truth to their pre-Socratic origins
in a godlike search for what is uncreated and indestructible, this article seeks to show why
standard philosophical notions of factual truth cannot do justice to the broader meaning
of truth in the Jewish and Christian scriptures. Truth in this broader sense must be lived
out, not simply asserted, and it requires us to seek the good, to resist evil, and to live in
hope. At its heart, to live the truth is to love God above all and our neighbors as ourselves.
Adapted from the “exaugural address” given in May 2017 after the author retired from being
a professor of philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) and the University of
Toronto, this essay displays the biblical background to his ongoing work on a new theory of
factual truth, within a broader conception of living truth. Lambert Zuidervaart is Emeritus
Professor of Philosophy at ICS, Emeritus Member of the Graduate Centre for Theological
Studies at the Toronto School of Theology, and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of
Philosophy, Calvin College.

 

REVIEW ESSAYS

Marilyn McEntyre - Seeing Others Through: The Work of Witness—A Review Essay

Marilyn McEntyre, Ph.D., is a professor and writer whose recent books include Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies (2009) and A Long Letting Go (2015).

 

Susan Bruxvoort Lipscomb - Peasant Poets, Blogging Shepherds, and Hillbilly Memoirists—A Review Essay

Susan Bruxvoort Lipscomb is Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English and Writing at Houghton College.

 

 

EXTENDED REVIEWS

 

Lenore M. Knight Johnson - Resisting Racism, Remembering Others—An Extended Review

Lenore M. Knight Johnson is assistant professor of sociology and chair of the sociology
department at Trinity Christian College.

 

Clarence W. Joldersma - Essays in Reformational Philosophy—An Extended Review

Clarence W. Joldersma is the resident philosopher and interdisciplinary scholar of the
Graduate Studies in Education Program at Calvin College.

 

Rick Kennedy - How Shall We Then Read the Bible?—An Extended Review

Rick Kennedy is secretary to the Conference on Faith and History and professor of history at Point Loma Nazarene University.

 

Perry L. Glanzer - Hookup Cultures on Catholic College Campuses—An Extended Review

Perry L. Glanzer is Professor of Educational Foundations at Baylor University and a Resident Scholar with Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion.