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Fresh Perspective for Re-Inventing Adventism

Ernest J. Bursey has written the best short essay on the Sermon on the Mount that you will ever read.

Okay, I’m out on a limb now. I dare you to saw it off.

Polygamy, Patriarchy, and Tyranny: What Are We to Do?

I might have finally figured out why I experienced such mixed feelings while watching on television the authorities take into protective custody 416 or so children of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who lived on the Yearning for Zion ranch in west Texas. Once again, we may have done more harm than good by treating a chronic problem as though it were an acute crisis.

Loma Linda University School of Religion Dean Praises Postmodernism

Although he also pinpoints its challenges and dangers, the dean of the School of Religion at Loma Linda University has many good things to say about postmodernism. His name is Jon Paulien and Pacific Press is about to release his new book on the subject. Its title is Everlasting Gospel/Ever Changing World. Any day now it will be available at Adventist Book Centers and Internet retailers.

Katrina, Doctor Pou, and the Ethics of Killing and Letting Die

Is it ethically acceptable to give terminally ill patients pain relieving medications with the knowledge that they might hasten death? Going further than this, can it be morally permissible intentionally and directly to kill such patients?

These are two of the many questions that swiftly come to mind when we review what happened at Memorial Medical Center at New Orleans, Louisiana on September 1, 2005, just days after Hurricane Katrina.

Daniel C. Dennett Won’t Break Religion’s Spell and Here’s Why

Daniel C. Dennett is an internationally renowned scholar at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and he is out to break religion’s “spell.” By this, he means its irrational grip, which causes us to act against our own best interests. Although he acknowledges that religion does some good things, he believes that in general it hurts us. He wants us to weigh its pros and cons in public, allowing no place for it to run for cover. He wants us to see it as it really is.

Adventist Higher Education: Looking for the Point

What would the ideal Adventist college graduate look like?

Last weekend, presidents, deans, and chief financial officers of North American Adventist Colleges came up with the answer.

Or provisional answer.

Gathered at Southern Adventist University for a Mission Conference on the weekend before meetings of the constituency of the Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities, these leaders agreed on the following draft statement:

The Mission of Adventist Higher Education

Arizona Professor Analyzes Research on Whether Prayer "Works"

David R. Hodge, a professor in the social work program at Arizona State University, West Campus, in Phoenix, has analyzed seventeen major studies of whether intercessory prayer actually helps patients and clients. His conclusion is that it has a “small, but significant, effect.”

Process Theology and Me

People sometimes wonder what process philosophy and theology are all about and why I find them helpful. I have been thinking about this as well because I recently participated in a conference in honor of John B. Cobb, Jr.

He is a Methodist minister who has taught at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Southern California for many years. Now eighty-three years old and still very active in the world of scholarship and elsewhere, he has authored almost four hundred articles plus twenty-six books with two more on the way that I know of.

Overwhelmed

I just feel overwhelmed,” I said to my wife, trying to explain the weight I felt pressing on me during the first couple of weeks at work for the year.

Part of it was reminiscent of the first week of a university semester, when all the lecturers would outline the breadth of reading and the number of assignments to be completed over the few short months following. And perhaps that feeling was somewhat justified as another busy year stretched ahead.

Generic Christianity? I Don’t Think So!

Written in response to a report by Dennis Hokama in the most recent issue of Adventist Today.

She: Hear you’re getting a new dog!

He: True.

She: Looking forward to choosing it?

He: Yes.

She: Bet you’re going for a puppy, not a grown up.

He: Exactly.

She: What kind are you looking for?

He: None.

She: Pardon?

He: None.

She: I ask you what kind of puppy you want and you say “none?”

He: Right.

She: You don’t care if the puppy comes with papers. Is that what you mean?

He: No.

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