Addenda

26 May

"Medicine Goes to the Mall"

Category: Sound Thinking
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 05/26/05

"Today it is seen as entirely fitting and proper for physicians to employ medical technology to remedy the social and psychological problems of stigma, alienation, and poor self-esteem." So writes Carl Elliott, a guest on Volume 70 of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, in an article published by the American Medical Association; "Medicine Goes to the Mall: Enhancement Technologies and Quality of Life" is available on-line. [Posted May 2005, ALG]

"Today it is seen as entirely fitting and proper for physicians to employ medical technology to remedy the social and psychological problems of stigma, alienation, and poor self-esteem." So writes Carl Elliott, a guest on Volume 70 of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, in an article published by the American Medical Association; "Medicine Goes to the Mall: Enhancement Technologies and Quality of Life" is available on-line. [Posted May 2005, ALG]

16 May

"The Caregiving Society"

Category: Sound Thinking
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 05/16/05

Professor Peter Augustine Lawler, a guest on volumes 56 and 71 of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, attends to the dilemmas of Social Security in an aging nation and the idea of an "ownership society" in the Spring 2005 issue of The New Atlantis.

The Spring 2005 issue of The New Atlantis includes an article by Peter Augustine Lawler, a guest on volumes 56 and 71 of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal. In "The Caregiving Society," Lawler takes the possibility of Social Security reform as an occasion to explore society's attitudes towards aging, the young and old, freedom, independence, care-giving and -receiving, and families and individuals. Members of American society are obsessed with youth and self-reliance and find it increasingly difficult to both give and receive care, writes Lawler. He demonstrates, throughout the six sections of the article, that "Lives moved by a veneration of independence threaten to leave us unprepared for dependence, and thus increase the burdens and challenges of long-term care."

The full text of "The Caregiving Society" is available on-line. [Posted May 2005, ALG]

16 May

Georges Bernanos

Category: What We're Reading
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 05/16/05

Subscribers who enjoyed the Volume 55 interview with J. C. Whitehouse on Georges Bernanos can now learn more about the French Catholic writer by visiting the MARS HILL AUDIO Georges Bernanos web page. [Posted May 2005, ALG]

Subscribers who enjoyed the Volume 55 interview with J. C. Whitehouse on Georges Bernanos can now learn more about the French Catholic writer by visiting the MARS HILL AUDIO Georges Bernanos web page. [Posted May 2005, ALG]

14 Apr

Common Objects of Love

Category: What We're Reading
By: Ken Myers
Published: 04/14/05

In 2001, just days after the events of 9/11, moral philosopher Oliver O'Donovan gave a series of lectures for Calvin College and Calvin Seminary. The title for the series was taken from Augustine's The City of God, in which he defines a political community as "a multitude of rational beings united by agreeing to share the things they love." The lectures were subsequently published under the same name, Common Objects of Love. In them, O'Donovan reflects on the links between knowledge and love, on the nature of the Church as a moral community, and on the pernicious effects of institutions of "publicity," the massive volumes of mediated communication which subvert community in the fullest sense. [Posted April 2005, KAM]

13 Apr

"A Faithful Journey through the Bible and Homosexuality?"

Category: Sound Thinking
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 04/13/05

On Volume 68 of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, professor Robert Gagnon discussed the biblical texts concerning homosexual relations and various arguments that obscure the meaning of those texts. In a recent article "A Faithful Journey through the Bible and Homosexuality?" he again deconstructs poorly reasoned arguments that subvert the meaning of the biblical text regarding sexual behavior, this time focusing on two books commissioned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), titled Journey Together Faithfully, Part Two: The Church and Homosexuality, and Background Essay on Biblical Texts for "Journey Together Faithfully, Part Two."

The introductory pages of Gagnon's thorough article set the context for the rest of the document. The remaining portions demonstrate, in his words, "how poorly Journey Two and Background Essay presented the biblical-theological case against homosexual practice and for a sexuality predicated on complementary sexual others."

The ELCA is meeting in August of 2005 to consider whether or not to enforce its current policy "that pastors and rostered laypersons are expected to abstain from sexual relationships outside of marriage, including homosexual relationships" ("A Faithful Journey through the Bible and Homosexuality?"). The denomination appointed a committee to assess biblical texts in order to determine if the current policy could be changed and still keep faith with biblical teaching on sexual behavior, and the committee produced the previously mentioned works. Gagnon responds to two of the books' non-biblical claims in his introduction, demonstrating why sexual proclivities are not matters of indifference to the soul and why pastors are not at liberty to counsel an individual to disregard traditional ethical and theological teaching about sexual behavior.

"A Faithful Journey through the Bible and Homosexuality?" is available on-line. [Posted April 2005, ALG]

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