2011 Conference "Knowing in God's World"

 

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"Thinking In Christ"
Keynote Paper
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Education

Nigel Paterson

Abstract: We have all experienced Education first-hand, so this paper will begin with the familiar perspective of the learner. This will be followed by reflections on the perspective of some other classic types found within and beyond the corridors of Education: the teacher, the thinker and the researcher. Our recognition of these different perspectives can help us to see better how good knowledge in Education is imparted and how educators and others might themselves become more adept at acquiring it.
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Nursing Education

Philomena Mweu

Abstract:
As Christians we believe that God created all things both in heaven and on earth (Genesis Chapter 1 verse 1), therefore we can argue that God created the diverse  disciplines found within academia. The bible states that God is a good God and requires us to be good and to have good knowledge of Him in order to function in the His world. As Christians within academia we have the opportunity  to use God’s knowledge to influence our academic knowledge.
This article will  be discussing how  we ‘know in God’s world’ from the discipline  of nursing education and how nursing as a discipline has applied nursing knowledge in  God’s world. Models  that  will be used within the discussion will include  Carper’s Ways of knowing, Kolbs’ experiential learning cycle, Benner’s Intuition model and Dreyfus’ skills and knowledge acquisition model.
The article will further discuss how spiritual knowledge forms the bases and  foundation of academic knowledge leading to a two way process of use of knowledge.
From a Christian perspective, spiritual knowledge is achieved through the individuals’ understanding of God’s wisdom, knowledge and revelation ,obtained  through a  relationship with God and especially when an individual becomes  born again  (a new creation) .The second book of Corinthians: Chapter 5, Verse 17: states this clearly , “Therefore if anyone is in Christ they are a new creation, the old has gone the new has come’. As God is creator of all things, the academic having a relationship with God through Christ , begins to think as God thinks and uses knowledge through God’s wisdom.
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Astronomy and Archaeology

Anthony Smith/Eline van Asperen

Abstract: Knowing is often seen as something that is purely rational, particularly in the so-called 'hard sciences'. However, during the last century philosophers of science have come to realise that scientific knowledge is much more than this, involving the personal commitment of the knower to that which is known.
Much human knowledge is transmitted in the form of a story. In fact, it is primarily through narratives that God the living Word is revealed to us, through the accounts of his dealings with his people.
In our contribution we consider two scientific disciplines in which stories play a prominent role. We suggest that our understanding of scientific knowledge is enriched by the realisation that much of the knowledge in these disciplines is in narrative form. In both archaeology and astronomy the primary thing to be known is a narrative. In archaeology it is the narrative of humankind, revealed through artefacts and bones, while in astronomy it is the narrative of the cosmos, revealed through observations of the Universe. But for a narrative to be known involves much more than comprehending or assenting to the propositions contained in it: to know a narrative involves the knower entering into it and being shaped by it. It is only when that happens that good knowledge in these disciplines is possible.
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Leadership and the MBA

Phil Jackman

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Enriching postmodernism

Chris Bem

Astract: Our turbulent times are opening up new horizons of thought.  The certainties of the market, materialism and of rational, scientific man himself are being called into question across a wide range of disciplines.  This critique has led to what many have called post-modernism, a intellectual movement, often criticized by Christians.  Post-modernism can however been seen as an intellectual response to a unidimensional world centred around a narrow vision of reason, and Christians can learn much from reading and engaging with postmodernism.  This paper presents three “postmodern” philosophers whose thoughts can help fertilise the Christian critique of Contemporary Culture
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Enriching scientific knowledge

Nick Thom

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Reflections on methods of knowing

Pravin Jeyaraj

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David Muskett

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