Students experience many barriers to producing quality research. Library anxiety is one. They mistakenly believe that they should be able to navigate a library by the time they reach college, and they feel shame that they cannot. Alex Nunes suggests that this current generation of students has an additional level of complexity for library instruction: because they have great confidence in their own (untaught) research abilities, they tend to dismiss the value of libraries. Thus, they are not prepared to produce quality student research.
The San Diego Voyager recently highlighted the work of one of our graduate students Margy Hill. Here is a link to the article, as well as, a short video about pursuing studies at the Seminary.
“My love for Christ and passion to help women fulfill their God-given purpose fueled the birth of the Women’s Ministry Connection in 2002. I desired to provide an environment where women leaders could connect to be encouraged and strengthened in their faith. Leadership can be a lonely place. Women give so freely of themselves to help others, but often lack a place where they can be refreshed. I also recognized the need to raise up and develop the next generation of leaders. With that in mind, I added opportunities for training to equip women in key areas of ministry. In its early inception, the Women’s Ministry Connection served a few churches. Today, I have the privilege to serve hundreds of churches locally and throughout the United States. As a teacher and an author of women’s Bible studies, I enjoy the opportunity to speak into the lives of women of all ages and church backgrounds.”
A Dispensational Look At Thomas Aquinas: A Review Article
by Prof. Cory M. Marsh
Summa Theologiae: Volume 49, The Grace of Christ by Thomas Aquinas. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 234pp., paper, $49.99.
Perhaps no greater name can be associated with terms such as scholasticism, natural theology, Aristotelian philosophy, and Catholic theology than Thomas Aquinas. The 13th century Dominican friar excelled in philosophic-theology, single-handedly bridging the gap between Aristotle and the Pope by mastering the art of typological, Christocentric, and allegorical interpretation. Aquinas (his name taken from his place of birth) founded a school-of-thought called Thomism, a theology grounded in an epistemology that places truth, and the human ability to seek it and reason from it, at a global-level accessible to all human beings regardless of their regenerative state before God. While he wrote several commentaries on Aristotle’s works as well as various theological tractates, by far his most significant work which standardized Western, medieval theology was his five-part (or 61 volume) Summa Theologiae. This monument to Roman Catholic, scholastic-medieval thought, though never finished, was an expansion of his earlier apologetic work Summa contra Gentiles. The following review will be on volume 49 of Summa Theologiae, comprised of Questions 7–15 — all centered on The Grace of Christ — as it is this particular tome where Aquinas best extolled the mystery of Christ’s humanity, much of which is supported by his theological, rather than literal, interpretive approach. Accordingly, this review of Aquinas’ work will not conclude without first evaluating The Grace of Christ from a dispensational perspective, as it is particularly in the realm of hermeneutics that dispensational thought has much corrective light to shed on Aquinas’ thought-provoking, yet erroneous conclusions. Be that as it may, there is still much in Aquinas that commends itself and is worthy of serious reflection.
Title: Theistic Evolution and Emergent Personhood: Challenges from Moreland’s Thomistic-Like Dualism
Abstract: Advocates of Theistic Evolution (TE) regard personhood (a term often used to entail the mind and soul) as an emergent property tied fully to material biological systems. In 2018, William Hasker argued—based on what he considers the incontrovertible ‘fact’ of evolution—that the soul is not a creation of God, but an emergent property dependent on the development of the brain and “generated naturally as a result of the structure and functioning of the biological organism” (Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism, 130). Theistic evolutionists, like Hasker, approach metaphysics with a teleological worldview, yet accept teleonomic neo-Darwinian (ND) naturalism as the epistemological litmus test, and essential hermeneutic, for Christian theology and ontology. Building on this foundation, Hasker concludes that all iterations of Thomistic Dualism (TD) fail to explain personhood because they conflict with chemical and biological evolution. This paper will argue, contra Hasker, J.P. Moreland’s Thomistic-like Dualism (TLD) provides a coherent ontological basis for understanding personhood which is consistent in its teleology and consequently a more cogent hermeneutic for understanding both Christian theology and human biology
About the Meeting:
Theme: Mind and Persons
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Angus Menuge, Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University. Professor Menuge recently served as a co-editor of and contributor to The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018) and contributor to Christian Physicalism? Philosophical Theological Criticisms (Lexington Books, 2018).The conference theme is inspired by these two anthologies.
College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas Building K, 6375 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
A common methodology for basic Bible study consists of three sequential steps: observation, interpretation, and application. While mountains of tomes have been written on the first two steps negotiating their exegetical nature, the final one—application—has generally suffered from a lack of attention in the scholarly community. It is here where the current work makes a noteworthy contribution and does so with a view toward both the church and the academy as its audience.