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Philosophy, Theology and Derrida versus van Til

April 30, 2013 by

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I don’t like to rant, and I hope this doesn’t turn into one, but I have a bone to pick with those who teach philosophy in Christian colleges and universities.  Let me begin with the conclusion:  They aren’t acting like theologians.  Now to my argument, which, after all, is what a philosopher would want to […]

When Nerds Collide

April 30, 2013 by

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I thought some of you might find the following email exchange between two of our bloggers of interest. If nothing else, this is how nerds generally communicate. Nerd 1: “I just saw you walking across campus w/o a bow tie. Standards?” Nerd 2: “Given their overwork this year, my bow ties declared a work stoppage. I […]

Standin’ In The Need of Prayer

April 29, 2013 by

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It is finals week here at Cedarville University, where all of us work. While many, many songs might be appropriate for finals week, I think this, admittedly old-fashioned, one might best capture the mindset of most students and even professors. Students pray for grades and jobs, while professors pray for endurance and serenity. Nat King […]

The Boston Bombing and the Nature of Evil

April 26, 2013 by

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Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of the Boston Bombers, along with her husband, held a press conference yesterday to discuss recent events. She was asked by reporters whether or not she regretted the family’s decision to move to America. She lamented that of course she did, and said that “America took my kids away from me.” Naturally, […]

That’s Not Fair

April 25, 2013 by

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Economic issues are once again afoot, and, as usual, they are connected to politics.  The Marketplace Fairness Act has been introduced in the Senate and may be voted on this week.  The title of the bill is misleading.  Its supporters argue its purpose is to “level the playing field” between traditional physical businesses and the upstart […]

Addendum to Mark Smith’s Post on General Education

April 25, 2013 by

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I keep getting side-tracked by the interesting posts and articles either written by my colleaugues or mentioned by them.  I was reading the Hepner article mentioned by Mark Smith when I was “inspired” to post a blog, only to find Mark had beaten me.  Ah, but only for a time.  Let me say first that […]

Educating for a Lifetime or Training for a Job?

April 25, 2013 by

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This question is at the heart of Michael Hepner’s recent article over at RealClearPolitics. Hepner, a professor at the University of Dubuque, argues that we are failing our students and depriving them of a sound education when we allow them to ignore or skip over their general education requirements and focus on their major courses […]