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Against Vulgarity, After Lionel Trilling

In his seminal essay on Mansfield Park, literary critic Lionel Trilling said the following: “It is beyond human ingenuity to define what we mean by vulgarity, but in Jane Austen’s novels vulgarity has these elements : smallness of mind, insufficiency … Continue reading

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Cold, Cold Heart

After finishing with a Sabbath School lesson to the older class on the sacrifices, I sat down at my seat to listen to the last 45 minutes of a sermon given by a pastor of a congregation who was visiting … Continue reading

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The Biblical Value Of Social Truth: Part Three

[Note: Parts one and two may be found in the links included.] We asked a question earlier as to what is obligated of people when it comes to other people, and we answered that question via logic and reasoning dealing … Continue reading

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Representation In The Writings of Paul: Part Four

[Note: Parts One, Two, and Three of this paper can be read through the provided links.] Having examined representation in the writings of Paul as far as the relationship between husbands and wives and the role of women in the … Continue reading

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Representation In The Writings Of Paul: Part Three

[Note: The previous parts of this series may be found here and here.] Having examined, at least briefly, the way that Paul uses representation when it comes to matters of ethnicity and political identity, it is worthwhile to ponder the … Continue reading

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Representation In The Writings Of Paul: Part Two

[Note: Part One of this series can be found here.] When we hear the term representation in the contemporary world, the idea is often that various subaltern groups who have suffered at the hand of a reputedly cruel and unjust … Continue reading

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Representation In The Writings Of Paul: Part One

Yesterday, as I write this, I had a conversation with a deacon from a nearby congregation whom I happen to know fairly well who was talking about a paper he was working on concerning the contentious issue of women’s roles … Continue reading

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The Inescapability Of Politics

My sincerest sympathies and no small amount of empathy are with anyone who attempts to wrestle with the issue of politics when it comes to the Church of God. The main reason for this is the wide gulf that exists … Continue reading

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On The Image And The Word

It ought to be of little surprise to anyone who knows me well that I am fond of both the image and the word. Besides being responsible for the writing and speaking of a fair amount of words, depending on … Continue reading

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On The Iron Law Of Projection

What is the Iron law of projection? It states that anything that one accuses someone else of is something that one is guilty of oneself. In the more general sense, the Iron law of projection implies that the things that … Continue reading

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