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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Travels with Vargas Llosa

January 31st, 2011|

Travels with Vargas Llosa

Last December, I found myself on a flight to Lima carrying a novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, the most recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.  Between a young Peruvian woman with Asian features and myself sat a tall man in a leather jacket with olive skin and striking cheekbones.  He […]

Polydoxy: Theology of multiplicity and relation. Edited by Catherine Keller and Laurel C. Schneider. New York: Routledge, 2011.

January 26th, 2011|

Polydoxy is a compilation of essays brought together by editors, Catherine Keller and Laurel C. Schneider, to explore the results of postcolonial/poststructuralist/postmodernisms and process thinking on contemporary Christian theology. Their goal, explained in the introduction, is to bring new life to Christian theology and Christian faith by opening up previously closed doctrines to the vitality […]

The Spectre of Art & The Residual Encounter With The Real by George Elerick

January 26th, 2011|

Art has had a provocative relationship with society since its inception. In the ancient world, it began as a tool that centred a community around their expression of life which incorporated heterogeneous perspectives on cosmologies, deities and localized superheroes. Art has since been marginalized, perverted and pigeon-holed as an aesthetic device.

Naturalization Test for a Non-Resident Alien

January 12th, 2011|

It happens randomly and frequently. Sometimes in the dead of night. Sometimes by the simple fact of listening to an old tune on my iPod. Sometimes it even happens when I observe people on the park, in shopping malls, classrooms and the street. The things I touch, eat, drink, and smell also play into this. […]

Rumscheidt, Barbara. No Room for Grace: Pastoral Theology and Dehumanization in the Global Economy. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

January 10th, 2011|

In No Room for Grace, Rumscheidt addresses how the global economy affects pastoral theology and how faith (re)development can respond to dehumanization in a global economy. Faith development, according to Rumscheidt, involves a process of re-evangelization for conscientization that resists dehumanization through critical consciousness and promotes rehumanization through creation.

Rumscheidt begins by stating that faith deals […]

The Many Faces of Oliver Stone?: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and South of the Border

January 2nd, 2011|

Two films directed by Oliver Stone were released in 2010: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (WS) and South of the Border (SB). Formally, the two films could not be more different: the first one is a fiction film, the sequel to Stone’s famous Wall Street (1987), while the second is a political documentary on contemporary […]

Postcolonial America, The American Transcendentalists, Aids to Reflection, and James Marsh

January 1st, 2011|

It is interesting to contrast and compare various academic views as to how Transcendentalism began in post-colonial America, including contemporary anthologies of American literature. Early academic works such as F.O. Matthiessen’s American Renaissance (1941), Ronald V. Wells’ Three Christian Transcendentalists: James Marsh, Caleb Sprague Henry and Frederic Henry Hedge (1972), John J. Duffy’s Coleridge’s American […]