Tag: worldview

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In the light of recent events, I have been poking around trying to gain a broader insight into ideas that may shape the Gazans’ worldview.  I ran across the concept of Dar al-harb.  I expect that the Richochet community would have some experience and insight on the topic.  I would appreciate your thoughts and reflections.   […]

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A Turning Point in My Life

 

Students from the past write to me from time to time, rehearsing a fond event they remember most. Here is one example of a student memory that should cause a smile, and perhaps create a lesson. In the student’s own words:

One of my favorite memories from your high school sophomore class begins with you assigning us to interpret the worldview of a song of our choosing. As a joke (because I took nothing seriously and fancied myself so incredibly funny), I picked Disney’s “When You Wish Upon a Star,” thinking I’d gamed the system by choosing something apolitical and comically benign. When I received your grading of my interpretation, I was surprised to see that you took me seriously. You’d told me I’d made a good choice and wrote some critiques about how I could have said a little more here and there about the song’s message.

It was then that a light bulb went on. I realized you believed “When You Wish Upon a Star” communicated a serious message. I realized your belief was correct. I realized something I’d thought communicated nothing, had in fact, preached a very meaningful message. I realized there was no such thing as benign media; everything is preaching something. It was a serious turning point in my life. To this day, I can’t say the words, “authorial intent” without thinking of you.

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I am writing this in response to @tooshy post on Why Do We Believe What We Do?  I started out to make a series of comments but I think this works better as a post in its own right. I am not an evangelist but I do evangelism and have done evangelism for sixteen years […]

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First, what I mean by ‘the Existence Question’ is: “How is it that existence came to be?”  Or, perhaps, the more famous: “Why is there something instead of nothing?” As a Christian, I am confident that I understand the theist/deist answer to the E.Q. fairly thoroughly: a Being in some sense beyond Creation, greater than […]

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