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Holocaust Studies Tour – Day 1 (Group 1)

First Day Summary Challenging first couple of days here for Group 1. Despite several challenging traveling issues, all made it here safely and on-time except one group who, due to a flight cancellation, will arrive tomorrow morning. Thankfully, we were able to make adjustments to the schedule and we are very hopeful that all scheduled events will still take place. Highlights of the day – safe arrival at the airport and transportation to our hostel (Ibis, Mitte Berlin); walking tour of Museum Island and Hackescher Markt, a visit to the famous East Wall Gallery, and a group dinner at Vapiano’s

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A Creative End-of-the-Year Blessing

A Special Thank You from a Student Student acts-of-appreciation are simply the best! And this year I just received an incredibly creative, funny, and thoughtful thank you from a graduating psych major. It’s simply too good not to share. [Scroll through the attached PowerPoint file – she is riffing off of a class I teach on the History and Systems of Psychology.] Thank you so much, Sommer Toadvine! (By the way, Sommer is one of the 30 students who will be meeting me in Berlin for our Holocaust Studies tour later this month.)

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Removing a Brick in the Wall

One of my hopes for this blog is to present, in short essay form, a collection of thoughts and reflections designed to shed some light on the foundations of the contentious cultural discussion sometimes referred to as the religion-and-science debate. This theme will be ongoing as the size of this topic, the ground to be covered in terms of the origins, history, and variety of definitions these words currently embody, is perhaps only matched in scale by the cultural weight that is being placed on them. Covid policy, education reform, crime and punishment, LGBTQIA+ issues, racism, evolution, and abortion are

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Set to Lead Another Holocaust Studies Tour (actually two!)

After a two-year Covid-induced hiatus, I will once again be guiding students through a holocaust-studies experience this May and June. The build-up of interest since the last trip has necessitated two tours this time around. The first will go from May 12 – 22 and the second will be from May 23 – June 2. (I will attach the travel packets, detailing the events of each day for reach tour, as soon as they are done.) In many ways, the experience will reflect the typical flow of previous tours. The first half will center in Berlin and other places in

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Interview with Dr. Richard Weikart

A Few Reflections from Our Human Dignity Lecture Presenter After Dr. Weikart’s presentation to our campus and fireside chat with the Asbury University Honors Program students, he provided some further thoughts via an interview. Here is the transcript of that exchange. What gives people value? Everything that God has created has value, but some created beings are more valuable than others. Humans are unique from all other created beings, because we are created in the image of God. We have an eternal spirit or soul that can enjoy communion with God. Part of being created in the image of God

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Interview with Dr. Calum MacKellar

A Few Reflections from Our Human Dignity Lecture Presenter After Dr. MacKellar’s presentation to our campus and fireside chat with the Asbury University Honors Program students (see: Resurrecting Eugenics: Should Only Healthy Children be Born), he provided some further thoughts via an interview. Here is the transcript of that exchange. Q: What gives people value? The value and worth of a human being can only come from the reality that God created each human being in his image. And he created them from the immeasurable love present in the “Triunity.” Each human being was created by God from his love,

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Resurrecting Eugenics: Should Only Healthy Children be Born?

A talk given by bioethicist Dr. Calum MacKellar, director of research for the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics in Edinburgh. On Thursday afternoon, Feb 10th, 2022, Dr. Calum MacKellar delivered a presentation for the Asbury University Human Dignity Lecture series entitled, Resurrecting Eugenics: Should Only Healthy Children be Born? (Please see the full video of Dr. MacKellar’s talk to the right. The password “4kh3k4m3a3MC” is required to access the video.) Dr. MacKellar’s presentation, which is easily accessible to the non-scientist, started with some basic definitions and a brief historical review of eugenics, including a recounting of significant events which occurred

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Dr. Calum MacKellar speaks at the Human Dignity Lecture Series

Here’s a brief write-up from Asbury University’s SEARCH website (reproduced by permission) on the talk given by Dr. Calum MacKellar, professional bioethicist, entitled, “Resurrecting Eugenics: Should Only Healthy Children be Born?” (A brief interview and video of his talk will be coming soon.) On February 10, the Asbury University Honors Program (AUHP) welcomed Dr. Calum MacKellar bioethicist from St. Mary’s University, London, UK to deliver a lecture titled “Resurrecting Eugenics: Should only Healthy Children Be Born?” to a packed room of students in the Kinlaw Library. The SEARCH-sponsored event was the second of a three-part lecture series on human dignity and

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Book Review: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

by Carl R. Trueman; Crossway Books, 2020 (425 pages) Accessibility rating 3 (out of 5) Recommendation rating 5 (out of 5) (Note: This first book review is about two-parts description [to inform a potential reader] and one-part analysis and critique. This ratio may change with subsequent reviews.) Description Carl Trueman, professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College, offers a rather extensive analysis of the historical roots that have yielded the contemporary understanding of the western self. Trueman argues modern selfhood is understood as a predominately-psychological structure, and fully detached from any sense of the sacred. It is

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Pride Before a Brawl

In the heart of Berlin sit three landmarks that reflect the multifaceted power of historic Germany, each one being just a short walk from the other two. The Brandenburg Gate is, perhaps, the most well-known symbol of the city. This iconic 18th century neoclassical monument featuring Quadriga, an ancient symbol of victory, represents well the prodigious military power that Germany and her Prussian fore-bearers exercised over the past quarter of a millennium. One city block to the north of the gate is the Reichstag, a legislative building that served as the center of German political life from 1871 to the

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