Dr. Kale Yu chairs panel on Religion and Ethics

Posted by Kevin.Pinkham on Thursday March 17, 2016

Dr. Kale Yu recently chaired and moderated a panel on Religion and Ethics at the Mid-Atlantic American Academy of Religion conference, held in New Brunswick, New Jersey on March 10–11. Dr. Yu is co-chair of the Religion and Ethics Section of the Mid-Atlantic American Academy of Religion.

Dr. James Danaher's new book will be released tomorrow!

Posted by Kevin.Pinkham on Monday February 29, 2016

Nicolas Copernicus told us that our idea that the sun went around the earth was merely a prejudice concerning the way we see things. Actually, the earth goes around the sun. 500 years later 25% of Americans still believe that the sun goes around the earth. Jesus told us that our ideas concerning religion, justice, wealth, family, sin, and faith were just inherited prejudices but 2,000 years later the vast majority of people who consider themselves his followers still believe their inherited prejudices rather than the words of Jesus.


Dr. Yu publishes book review in Sociology of Religion

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Monday January 4, 2016

Dr. K. Kale Yu, Assistant Professor of History, published a book review in the Sociology of Religion. The Spirit Moves West: Korean Missionaries in America (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015), written by Rebecca Kim, examines the interesting fact that the United States has received more Christian missionaries in 2010 than any other country in the world. Specifically, Kim analyzes the missionary movement of the University Bible Fellowship (UBF), the largest non-denominational missionary-sending agency in South Korea. In this insightful study that intertwines theological, missiological, and geo-political perspectives, Kim highlights historic ties between South Korea and the United States as the primary framework to understand the “reverse missions” phenomenon. 

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Dr. Yu completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and B.A. from Clark University. He also received the 2015 Arts & Sciences Special recognition for his scholarship during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Dr. Lux delivers paper at University of Paderborn

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Wednesday December 2, 2015

Dr. Elaine Lux, Professor of English, presented an academic paper at an international, interdisciplinary conference held at the University of Paderborn, in Paderborn, Germany, from November 12-14, 2015. Her paper, “Narrativity in Dementia, through Fiction: Alice Munro’s “The Bear Came over the Mountain,” Elie Wiesel’s The Forgotten, and Lisa Genova’s Still Alice,” examined three variegated literary treatments of dementia.

Through preparing for and attending this fascinating conference on the theme of Dementia and Subjectivity: Aesthetic, Literary and Philosophical Perspective, Dr. Lux states,

"I discovered a new field of interest for my scholarly work. In addition, I was enriched by the international atmosphere, by hearing others’ papers, by being in dialogue with others, and by my own research and writing on the topic. For me, writing to discover and engaging in dialogue are important ways to learn, grow, and remain vital in my teaching and professional life.”

She concluded her paper in this way:

“These and other fictional works allow us to experience what is termed katabasis in classical heroic journeys, a descent to the underworld, into the darkness. In myth, the protagonist who takes such a journey is enriched. I suggest that we, too, are enriched in reading these works. They help us to face our own fear of the unknowns in our life, our own human vulnerability. They enrich and stretch us and give us, at least vicariously, the ability to have empathy for those who suffer severe memory loss. Above all, they challenge our sense that our identity is defined by our ability to have a narrative self.”

Dr. Lux received her Ph.D from The Union Institute, M.A. from University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. from Queens College. She also received the 2015 Arts and Sciences Professor of the Year award.

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Dr. Danaher publishes article on conceptual understanding of faith

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Thursday November 26, 2015

Dr. James Danaher, Professor of Philosophy, publishes "A Second Innocence,” in Oneing: An Alternative Orthodoxy, a bi-annual literary journal of the Rohr Institute.

About is essay, Dr. Danaher explains,

“In the innocence of childhood we were taught how to conceptualize the world through language acquisition and acculturation. We offered little resistance and came to see the world as we were taught to see it. Jesus, however, sees a very different world and wants us to see it as well, but in order to do that we need to enter a second innocence in which Jesus alone instructs us concerning his divine perspective. What so often keeps us from that second innocence is the belief that we already have Jesus’ perspective because we were raised in a Christian culture; that is, we imagine that we already have Jesus' conceptual understanding of things like faith, righteousness, justice, love, sin, and law. If we seriously consider the things that Jesus says, however, it should be obvious that Jesus’ conceptual understanding is radically different from our own no matter how ‘Christian’ we consider our culture to be.”

Dr. Danaher completed his Ph.D., M.Phil from City University of New York, M.A. New School, M.A. Montclair State University and B.A. Ramapo College. He also received the 2011 Arts and Sciences Scholar of the Year.

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