ARTICLES

David W. Aiken - Bernard Lonergan's Critique of Reductionism: A Call to Intellectual Conversion

In this essay David W. Aiken argues that Bernard Lonergan's contribution to recent Christian
thought continues to be undervalued despite its depth, integrative scope, and relevance to
contemporary issues. One such issue concerns whether methodological naturalism in the
natural sciences warrants a reductionistic metaphysics, anthropology and epistemology.
Lonergan's holistic account of human intelligence and its situating world-order provides
a remarkably cogent rejoinder to certain reductionistic tendencies in recent philosophies
of mind and of nature. In this essay, Aiken proposes to show why Lonergan intends his
trenchant critique of reductionism to serve not only as a basis for establishing a theistic
worldview, but also as an incentive to intellectual conversion. Mr. Aiken is Professor of
Philosophy at Gordon College.

Richard J. Mouw - The Imago Dei and Philosophical Anthropology

Theologians have long explored the meaning of the biblical notion of the imago dei for our
understanding of the complexities of human personhood. In recent years the focus has often
been on the "functional-relational," as opposed to an "ontological," account of the imago.
Richard J. Mouw reflects here on the ways in which these biblical-theological explorations
can cast light on the issues traditionally discussed by philosophers in the questions they
raise about what, if anything, comprises the uniqueness of the human person. Mr. Mouw
is Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also serves
as President.

Yvonne S. Smith, Sharon G. Johnson, and Erik M. Hiller - The God of the Games: Towards
a Theology of Competition

In this article, Yvonne S. Smith, Sharon G. Johnson, and Erik M. Hiller explore a theological
view of competition. Competition is engrained in Western economic and social systems
and Christians are conflicted about it. Is the God of love also the God of the competitive
atmosphere of sports, business, or law? Or does God hate competition and want Christians to
avoid it? The answer is surprisingly complex. The authors begin with a literature summary
of the theological assumptions of competition, followed by an examination of Scripture.
Since much of the Scriptural evidence is implicit, they supplement it with exegesis by three
key church fathers: Augustine, John Calvin, and Jonathan Edwards. Ms. Smith is Professor
of Management at the University of La Verne, Mr. Johnson is Professor of Management at
Charleston Southern University, and Mr. Hiller is Audit Manager, KPMG.

 

REVIEW ESSAY

Dale Goldsmith - From Surviving to Thriving: Five 2011 Survival Manuals for Christians in College—A Review Essay

Dale Goldsmith recently retired from Oklahoma Panhandle State University where he was
Vice President for Academics for 8 years; prior to that he was Vice President for Academics
and Professor of Philosophy and Religion at McPherson College in Kansas. He is also an
ordained Presbyterian (USA) pastor.

 

REVIEW AND RESPONSE

Stanton L. Jones - The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are—A Review Essay

Stanton L. Jones is Provost at Wheaton College.

Jenell Paris - Response to Stanton Jones' Review of The End of Sexual Identity

Jenell Paris is Professor of Anthropology at Messiah College.

 

REFLECTION AND RESPONSE

Tom Lehman - Reflection on Gillis Harp's "Reconsidering the Liberal Captivity of American Evangelicalism"

Tom Lehman is Professor of Economics at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Gillis Harp - Response to Tom Lehman

Gillis Harp is Professor of History at Grove City College.