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God-Talk; or what’s going on over at feminismxianity this morning

I just read Caryn Riswold’s latest post over at her blog on Patheos, Feminismxianity.  Caryn discusses her use of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple in her Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies.  Caryn is using a novel to get at race, class, and gender, but also considering religion. Here we can consider religion as Church and as personal faith.  Caryn identifies how:

Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning novel reflects and encapsulates so many of the issues we have been learning about and discussing throughout the semester, from the intersection of race, class, and gender, to the pervasiveness of violence against women, to the complicated role that institutions like religion play in reinforcing inequality as well as becoming sources of empowerment.

I always tell students that I think the single best piece of theology in all of American literature is found in Celie’s letter that starts out, “Dear Nettie, I don’t write to God no more.  I write to you.”  The conversation between Shug and Celie that follows is mere brilliance.

Check out Caryn’s post to find out why she identifies this passage as “mere brilliance.”   As you know, we do enjoy reading and sharing good teaching practices around here and Caryn’s excellent post gives something definitely worth passing along.

Winter 2013 Issue of Christian Scholar’s Review

Christian Scholar’s Review has posted its most recent addition here.  Below is the new Table of Contents


Christian Scholar’s Review
Volume XLII, Number 2 (Spring 2013)



  • Miguel A. Endara Natural Law, Sexual Anthropology, and Sexual Licitness [Abstract]
  • Tobias Alecio Mattei Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology Insights into the Classical Theological Debate about Free Will and Responsibility [Abstract]
  • Martin Spence John Foster and the Integration of Faith and Learning [Abstract]


  • Amos Yong – Whence and Whither in Evangelical Higher Education? Dispatches from a Shifting Frontier—A Review Essay [Abstract]


  • Jacob L. Goodson and Quinn T. McDowell – The Church for the World—A Review Essay [Abstract]
  • Jennifer M. McBride Response to Review of The Church for the World [Abstract]


  • Alexei Nesteruk, The Universe as Communion: Towards a Neo-Patristic Synthesis of Theology and Science Reviewed by Shaun C. Henson, Theology and Religion, University of Oxford
  • Craig S. Keener, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts
    Reviewed by Louis Markos, English, Houston Baptist University
  • Ross Douthat, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics
    Reviewed by Edward C. Polson, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Messiah College
  • Charles Taliaferro and Jil Evans, The Image in Mind: Theism, Naturalism and the Imagination
    Reviewed by David A. Hoekema, Philosophy, Calvin College
  • Robert Sirico, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy
    Reviewed by Tom Lehman, Economics, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Charles E. Farhadian, ed., Introducing World Christianity
    Reviewed by George F. Pickens, Theology and Mission, Messiah College
  • Amanda Rose, Showdown in the Sonoran Desert: Religion, Law, and the Immigration Controversy
    Reviewed by Carl A. Ruby, Student Life, Cedarville University
  • Caroline J. Simon, Bringing Sex into Focus: The Quest for Sexual Integrity
    Reviewed by Benjamin B. DeVan, Ethics and Theology, Durham University

Posted by Joe Creech

The Easter 2013 Cresset: The Lilly Issue

coverEach year, The Cresset: A Review of Literature, the Arts, and Public Affairs features the papers given at the Lilly Fellows Program’s annual National Conference.  Last fall, we met at the University of Indianapolis for this conference and the theme of it was “Incorporating Service: The Body at Work.”  The speakers were Samuel Wells, Jeffrey P. Bouman, and Regina Wentzel Wolfe.  The Revd. Dr. Wells, former Dean of the Chapel at Duke University, is currently Vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Visiting Professor at King’s College in London, England.  Professor Bouman is Director of the Service-Learning Center at Calvin College.  Professor Wolfe is Associate Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a Wicklander Senior Fellow at the Institute of Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University.

Check out the Easter Issue and read these wonderful talks given at the national conference.  Then continue and read editor James Paul Old’s piece on students from Valparaiso University who make service trips to “Detroit, the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and Harvey, Illinois…[i]nstead of playing with Frisbees on the beach” on their spring break.    Don’t stop there; keep reading The Cresset and the reviews of movies like Les Miserables, music, and books.  There are also essays on religion, politics, and selections of poetry.  Yes, the Easter Issue of The Cresset is filled with marvelous and wonderful things related to the Lilly Fellows Program, but it has many other interesting things to tempt you, as it always does.   The Cresset is published five times a year with its  Michaelmas, Advent/Christmas, Lent, Easter, and  Trinity issues.

“In the Lógos of Love”: An Upcoming Conference on Catholic Intellectual Life

We recently heard about a conference sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies  and the University of Dayton which will be held September 20 to 22, 2013.  The conference will be held at the University of Dayton (a LFP network school) and will explore the “Promise and Predicament of Catholic Intellectual Life Today.”

logos of loveThe line up of speakers is quite amazing.  They include Richard Rodriguez, essayist and author of Hunger of Memory; Nancy Dallavalle, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Fairfield University; Paul J. Griffiths, Warren Professor of Catholic Theology, Duke Divinity School; Leslie Woodcock Tentler, Professor of History, The Catholic University of America; Miguel H. Diaz, University Professor of Faith and Culture, University of Dayton. U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) to the Holy See; Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California; Scott Appleby, Professor of History and John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; Vincent J. Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, University of Dayton.

Check out the details about themes, texts, and registration at the conference website.  There are already links to some of the texts for the conference as well as a schedule of events.


Andrew Delbanco on MOOCs

At New Republic Andrew Delbanco locates MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) within the history of higher education’s attempts to use technology to make higher learning more accessible.  Terrific article not only on the history of MOOCs, their role in the current academy, and their possible impact, but this is one of the best articles on teaching and the meaning of higher learning I’ve read in some time.  Read the article, “MOOCs of Hazard:  Will Online Education Dampen the College Experience? Yes. Will it be worth it? Well…,” here.

Posted by Joe Creech

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