ARTICLES

Adam Barkman - “The Earth Speaks to Us All”: A Critical Appreciation of Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s Shintō Environmental Philosophy

Part of what has made Japan’s Hayao Miyazaki one of the most loved and influential
filmmakers of all time is his attention to environmental concerns. Flowing out of a broad
Shintōistic worldview, Miyazaki gives us countless memorable snapshots of a world where
nature, man and the gods can prosper when in harmony or wither when not. This paper
attempts to articulate Miyazaki’s environmental philosophy, and then critique it from a
Christian point of view. Dr. Adam Barkman is Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University
College.

 

Joshua Matthews - Towards a Robust and Scholarly Christian Engagement with Science Fiction

Both science fiction (SF) and science fiction criticism offer great possibilities for rigorous
examination of our ethical assumptions and cultural presuppositions. In his essay, Joshua
Matthews argues that Christian literary criticism and pedagogy can benefit from integrating
SF into our scholarly activities and our classrooms. Although SF academic criticism
tends to downplay religion and theology, SF is a key site of the linguistic and philosophical
interactions between faith and science. Dr. Matthews is Associate Professor of English at
Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa.

 

William Tate - “A Set Mind, Blessed by Doubt”: Phenomenologies of Misperception in Frost, Wilbur, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty

This essay interprets poems by Robert Frost and Richard Wilbur alongside illustrative anecdotes
from philosophical works by Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. The four
texts have in common the attention they give to the human misperception of phenomena.
Considered together, they make the case that occasional misperception is not a defeater for
ordinary human confidence that our senses are reliable; they indicate, furthermore, that
sometimes the capacity for misperception may be beneficial. William Tate is Professor of
English and Dean of Arts and Letters at Covenant College.

 

Daniel J. Treier - The Gift of Finitude: Wisdom from Ecclesiastes for a Theology of Education

As Christian educators and their institutions feel increasingly overwhelmed by unprecedented
challenges yet champion ideal concepts, Daniel J. Treier highlights the neglect
of human finitude in theological approaches to education. He briefly maps out the major
approaches and sketches the theological history of finitude before exploring the concept in
Ecclesiastes. In light of this biblical realism, he suggests teleological, systemic, and pedagogical
implications of celebrating human limitations as relational gifts from God. Daniel
Treier is Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.

 

EXTENDED REVIEWS

Randolph Haluza-DeLay - Anthropocene as Creator, Gaia as Creature—An Extended Review

Randolph Haluza-DeLay is Associate Professor of Sociology at The King’s University,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 

David Thang Moe - Robert Boyd’s Theology of Religions—An Extended Review

David Thang Moe is a Ph.D. candidate in Intercultural Studies with a concentration in
Historical-Theological Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary.

 

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