Henry H. Kim - How the Model Minority Thesis Became a Transcendent Meaning
Despite nearly fifty years since structural changes predicated the "model minority thesis" and "culture of poverty" arguments, these beliefs continue to be employed as cultural abstractions. Henry H. Kim elucidates how these concepts emerged in the 1960s and reemerged in the twenty-first century and critiques these beliefs via historical sociology. A modified version of this article was presented at the Association of Christians Teaching Sociology Conference (2012). Mr. Kim is Associate Professor of Sociology at Wheaton College, and continues to follow his life-long passion of connecting counterintuitive patterns with respect to structure, agency, and contingency.
Kevin D. Miller - Reframing the Faith-Learning Relationship: Bonhoeffer and an Incarnational Alternative to the Integration Model
The faith-integration model, with its working assumption that "All truth is God's truth," has become the standard approach for many scholars at evangelical colleges and universities as they seek to understand the relationship between faith and learning. In this essay, Kevin D. Miller proposes that the integration model harbors an imperialistic impulse and proposes instead an incarnational model of scholarship that draws analogically from the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer's ideas about a "religionless Christianity." As conceived, incarnational scholarship rejects the faith-integration model's goal of thinking "Christianly" and instead aims to think humanly. Mr. Miller is associate professor of communication at
Huntington University in Indiana.
Stephen Moroney - Where Faith and Learning Intersect: Re-Mapping the Contemporary Terrain
In this essay Stephen Moroney provides an updated map to help readers grasp several
ways that faith and learning intersect for professors and for students, in the academy and
in the classroom, in the curriculum, and in lived experience. Integration approaches often
focus on relating the content of the Christian faith to the content of the discipline being
studied. Worldview approaches typically emphasize thinking about the subject matter from
a Christian perspective. Practice and formation approaches normally stress the development
of faithful disciples through classroom activities and assignments. Mapping the recent
literature on faith and learning provides an orientation to the contemporary terrain and
reveals that each of the map "locations" has something valuable to contribute. Mr. Moroney
teaches theology at Malone University in Canton, Ohio.
Keith D. Wyma - When and How Should We Respond to Unjust Laws? A Thomistic Analysis of Civil Disobedience
Keith D. Wyma argues that a coherent, well-grounded Christian perspective on civil disobedience
is possible, and can be found in the work of Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas gives
crisp guidelines regarding when civil disobedience could be morally allowable—or even
obligatory—and supplies a "test" to determine whether a given method of disobedience
is morally appropriate. The article presents a brief summary of Aquinas' account, notes
some ways in which it skillfully navigates scriptural and historical controversies on civil
disobedience, and offers a few observations on how Aquinas' account could be useful to
Christians, especially students, today. Mr. Wyma is Associate Professor of Philosophy at
Eric Miller - Every Good and Perfect Gift: Sport and Society in the Twenty-first Century—A Review Essay
Eric Miller is Professor of History and Humanities at Geneva College.