Thoughts on Westar, Politics, and Religion

Worldview is the English word used to translate the nineteenth-century German use of the word, Weltanschauung. There are several ways to understand "worldview," depending on the discipline engaged. In the nineteenth-century, Wilhelm Dilthey linked a worldview to interpretation; we interpret the world the way we do because of the worldview we hold. In this basic [...]

Romans 13 in Our Time

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the Trump administration’s policy of separating mothers from their children upon illegally crossing the USA border by quoting the Apostle Paul in Romans 13: "Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command [...]

Symbols, Signs, and Religion: Catch a Glimpse from the Other Side

Human beings are symbol makers, and as we grow up the first challenge in life is to learn how to use our most basic symbol system, which is language. Other animals and even plants use symbols in certain ways. Some plants, for example, can mimic insect eggs on their leaves to prevent insects from laying real [...]

A Death that Would Not Die: A Primer on Jesus & the Passion

In his presentation on “How the Death of Jesus was Remembered,” Arthur Dewey started by pointing out that the death of Jesus doesn’t seem to be remembered at all — at least not iconographically — till the 400’s. There are plenty of other images of Jesus prior to this, but his death isn’t portrayed at [...]

From Good News to Fake News

Sarah Morice Brubaker began her session with a delineation of untruthfulness, explaining that it is both a theological issue and something at work in the “fake news” culture of today. She stated that Christianity hasn’t been great at providing a variety of ways in which to talk about untruthfulness. Classically, Christian culture emphasizes something as [...]