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    Who Am I? Henri Nouwen and Christian Identity

    Rachel Toombs, YTI Professor of Theology and Old Testament

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    Some of the most powerful words I have ever heard come from the lips of Henri Nouwen, the Catholic spiritual writer of the twentieth century, in a recording of his lecture entitled “Who are We?: Exploring our Christian Identity.” This lecture is masterful in its simplicity. Nouwen begins by asking “Who is this person that … MORE

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    All Creation Groans: Darwin, Christianity and the Environmental Revolution

    Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

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    Darwin When the name “Charles Darwin” is mentioned in the company of 21st century Christians, one will get a mixed group of responses, from the “prophetic voice of religion,” to “the destroyer of the faith.” In reality, Darwin was a gentleman naturalist. Coming from a wealthy family, Darwin briefly attended medical school, but after losing … MORE

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    On Loving the World

    Betsy Quammen, Guest Contributor

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    I am currently teaching a seminar entitled “Wonderment and the World” about the history of science and religion. Dr. Jay Smith kicked off these classes with a presentation challenging Lynn White Jr.’s controversial article, “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis,” first published in Science in 1967. White’s piece blames the Christian notion of dominion, … MORE

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    God in the Mundane

    Lance Green, YTI Lecturer in Theology and Adventure

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    Christian theology has long affirmed that all of creation speaks to the divine. God permeates through everything, from the immense horizon seen atop a mountain, to the atomic compounds that together form the peak. Big or small, nothing can be spoken of without reference to God. In his grand work De Trinitate (On the Trinity), St. Augustine … MORE

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    Another New Essay on Human Understanding

    Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

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    For several centuries, Western culture has been in the grasp of an inadequate understanding of human nature. Allow me to make a short historical survey to explain how this happened. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, it became vogue for philosophers and naturalists in Western culture to write essays on the topic of … MORE

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