Perspectives (Page 2)

Perspectives on different disciplines

Perspectives are welcome from Christians who publish peer-reviewed research papers or teach degree courses in the area(s) involved from a base in any academic department. These brief items may be scholarly overviews and/or annotated lists of key links and books, of use to graduates of other disciplines or undergraduates on degree courses involving the study of culture.

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EDUCATION: You can Lecture but can you Teach?

You Can Lecture, But Can You Teach? Eric Sotto argues that protests against the idea that academics be given teacher-training are misguided. Click here to read the article in Times Higher Education Eric Sotto is the author of ‘When Teaching Becomes Learning’ (second edition, 2007, paperback).  London & New York: Continuum Education. Evidence-based qualification to teach…

ENGLISH: The Bible as literature

You don’t have to be a devout believer to study the Bible. Its insights into the human condition are enlightening for everyone. Professor of English, Dale Salwak, was asked by his head of department 36 years ago to begin an undergraduate course on the Bible as literature. Under the title, “The meaning of life”, he…

ENGLISH: The second most important event in history

Dierdre McCloskey argues entertainingly and informatively that the Industrial Revolution came not so much from economic (or technological) change as from a change in “rhetoric” – the language of persuasion. The most important event? “In Galilee and Jerusalem around AD 30.” Click here to read this features article in the T.H.E. Professor McCloskey teaches economics, history, English and communication…

ENVIRONMENT: Climate change – why we disagree

Climate change – why we disagree This Christian perspective is in the book, ‘Why we disagree about climate change: understanding controversy, inaction and opportunity’ (CUP, 2009) written by a professor of climate change at the University of East Anglia, the site of the ‘Climategate’ controversy that arose after the book had been written.  Mike Hulme…

ENVIRONMENT: The science of global warming

Sir John Houghton, formerly Director of the Meteorological Office and for some years chair of the International Panel on Climate Change, also a leading member of our sister network Christians in Science, provided clear and authoritative answers to the United States Senate in July 2005 to questions about the latest scientific evidence for global warming…

GEOGRAPHY: Why we live on this planet

Why we live on this planet Geographer and climate modeller, Professor Mike Hulme writes in his recent book, “Why we disagree …” that the “idea of climate change should be used to rethink and renegotiate our wider social goals about how and why we live on this planet.” Reviewing the book in the Times Higher…

HISTORY: Christian conscience and slavery

The issue of ‘Cambridge Papers: towards a biblical mind’ for June 2006 is by Dr John Coffey (Reader in Early Modern History, University of Leicester) with the title, “The abolition of the slave trade: Christian conscience and political action.” John Coffey concludes that “God can use conscientious Christians who think globally and act locally to…

HISTORY: The rise of science

Christianity and the Rise of Modern Science Those who subscribe to one strand or other of a Christian faith tradition may find themselves on the horns of a dilemma when reflecting on the historical relations between their religious beliefs and the rise of modern science.  Anxious to repudiate the common but ill-informed allegation that Christianity…

International Development: Christian perspectives

The multidisciplinary academic field As an academic subject, International Development is relatively new, emerging during the period of decolonisation in the 1950s and 1960s, but only really being accepted as a university discipline in the 1970s and 1980s. It is an inherently multi-disciplinary field, drawing on economics, sociology, political science, anthropology, public administration and engineering,…