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    Don’t Objectify Me!

    A Theology of Adornment in the Age of Porneia   Written by Marcia Smith   “Don’t objectify me!” is the loud rallying cry for human dignity heard all across our individual rights obsessed culture today. Speakers addressing the evils of objectification at college campuses can usually expect to find a sympathetic audience of clucking tongues and angrily wagging fingers, most often among the women, as they rain hail fire and brimstone down on the men.1 Society has perhaps never before in history been so characterized by mass disorientation over the human body and the place of freedom. In the current battle over sexual identity and sexual license, and even in…

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    A Theology of Nakedness In Art

    Written by Marcia Smith   Curved and tense looms the colossal marble statue of Michelangelo’s David over the public square of Florence’s seat of civic government. Originally commissioned for the rooftop of the Florence Cathedral, he stands just blocks away from it in a wide open space, fully disrobed in a classic Renaissance celebration of the beauty and splendor of pure youth. In allusion to the veiled travesty taking place, his foremother stands outside the Florence Cathedral, clutching an animal skin at her waist in shame, while his promised seed and divine descendent overlooks the interior, resplendent and half-robed on the judgment seat. No explanation is given by the church…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Who Am I?

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Worldview Questions We hear many issues brought up when worldview is mentioned. There are all types of arguments to be had and debates to be fought. However, worldview, at its base, can be narrowed down to a few questions that get to the heart of the matter. These questions, when considered and answered, provide the basis for every other issue that comes out of the worldview debate. They are as follows:

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    The Full Gospel

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   The Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10 asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus’ first response was that the man must keep the law. The young ruler said that he had done this, so Jesus then tells him to sell all that he has and give it to the poor and to come follow him. The young ruler walked away distraught because he had many possessions. Again in Matthew 16 Jesus says to his disciples that whoever loses their life for Christ’s sake will find it. Both of these exchanges reveal something about what it means to follow Christ. One…

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    Leadership & The Gospel

    Written By Victor Stanley Jr. Christian leaders must always look to scripture as the basis for leadership. With the focal point of scripture being the gospel, it only makes sense to consider what implications the gospel has with regard to leadership. For most Christians the gospel consists of the story or message of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection along with the fact of him being God. Furthermore, it teaches that belief in this message brings about the moment of salvation, which is the conversion of an unbeliever. However, this view of the gospel is narrow in that it leaves out the bulk of the teachings found in the New…

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    Saving Jaguars

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Theology & Culture In a story from Reuters scientists work to preserve jaguars, which are a species that is on the brink of extinction. There are only two hundred jaguars left in the wild, and scientists in Argentina recently caught one in order to extract DNA samples. “The 11-year-old jaguar called Tango could be the key to preserving the species for future generations,”[1] says scientist Adrian Sestelo. Scientists are working with conservation groups in order to protect the small population of jaguars left in the wild.

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    Forming Creation

    Written By Victor Stanley Jr. In Book XII of St. Augustine’s autobiography Confessions, the Bishop of Hippo seeks to discuss Heaven and Earth. Specifically in chapters two through eight Augustine deals with the idea of God endowing what he calls ‘formless matter’ with form. Throughout this section he seems to borrow heavily from Plato’s ideas of what are known as The Forms; for Plato these ‘forms’ are eternally existing, they are independent of the mind, they are transcendent i.e. non-spatial and non-temporal, they are intelligible, and they are perfect.

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    Majesty In The Skies

    Written By Victor Stanley Jr. Theology & Culture In a story titled On the Hunt for a Sprite on a Midsummer’s Night New York Times contributor Sandra Blakeslee writes about sprites. Sprites are described as “majestic emanations of light that flash for an instant high above the thunderheads, appearing in the shapes of red glowing jellyfish, carrots, angels, broccoli, or mandrake roots with blue dangly tendrils.”[1] Sprites “are huge — tens of miles wide and 30 miles from top to bottom,” and only last for a few milliseconds, which makes them difficult to observe, they were discovered in 1989 after one was captured on video; prior to this there had been…

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    Disease, The Fall, & Christ

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Theology & Culture In a story written by NBC News’ Maggie Fox the ongoing Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa is said to have been preventable. Officials from the CDC told Congress that money should been invested in building up a modern health care system in West Africa. Director of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Dr. Beth Bell said that “If even modest investments had been made to build a public health infrastructure in West Africa previously, the current Ebola epidemic could have been detected earlier, and it could have been identified and contained.”[1] The Obama administration is now working…