Perspectives (Page 3)

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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LAW: The war within

James T. Crouse writes of his conflicted emotions as a liberal southerner on a visit to Gettysberg with his family, between the bloody defeat suffered by the Confederacy and the beginning of an end to slavery in the USA.  He concludes, “… to be human is … to forgive and to begrudge … to love…

LITERARY STUDIES: Jacques Derrida – positively deconstructed

Until his death [in November 2004], Jacques Derrida’s name had probably appeared in more lecture notes, articles and academic conversations than that of any other living thinker.  Long regarded as the patron saint of postmodernism, the French theorist made an impact that extended out of the Academe and into wider cultural life. This applied to…

LITERARY STUDIES: Literature and Christianity

How does Christianity relate to Literature? How literature works The act of reading is an act of decoding. Until our everyday habits are disrupted, we don’t realise how complex a process it is. Sitting in a tearoom in a shopping centre (not big enough to be a mall), I noticed an emergency exit with the…

LITERARY STUDIES: The meaning of life

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…

MANAGEMENT STUDIES: Legitimacy of universities

Quotations from a review in T.H.E. by Malcolm Gillies of the book by Rakesh Khurana (2007) “From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: the social transformation of American Business Schools and the unfulfilled promise of management as a profession” (Princeton University Press). The whole review can be found in the Times Higher Education, 12 February 2009,…

MEDICINE: Artificial reproduction

Artificial reproduction: applying Christian principles to ethical quandaries Infertility (no pregnancy after 1-2 years unprotected intercourse) affects about 1 in 8 couples and gives rise to considerable distress. In around one third of couples the problem originates in the man, in another third in the woman and in the final third no cause is identified.…

MEDICINE: Spiritual Aspects of Medicine and Psychiatry

When I was younger, I took up psychiatry because I enjoyed it and seemed quite good at it. However, I was not only naïve but also deeply influenced by my protected Christian upbringing. The consequences were not only that I found it easy, and often enjoyable, to speak in depth and make sound sense with…

PHILOSOPHY: Love in early Hegel

In my experience, Christians’ opposition to Hegel is based on the apparent support that his dialectic method gives to relativism and the idea the opposing truths can both be true. This is valid if one considers a narrow definition of knowledge. In this paper, I will argue that Hegel’s dialectical philosophy concerns the relations between…