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Jihad v. McWorld (part 4)

Jihad v. McWorld (part 4)

A Second Shift In the previous 3 parts we established that a significant shift took place in the late 19th and early 20th century. This initial shift in modernity has subsequently created the possibility of a second, more contemporary, move that I want to explore. Taylor provides the context of this potential when he says: In earlier … Continue reading

How We Imagine A ‘Nation’ part 3

How We Imagine A ‘Nation’ part 3

In the shadow of the Sochi Olympics and the unfolding tension in the Ukraine, we are exploring the theme/thesis that: ‘Nation’ is both sovereign and transcendent. ‘Nation’ is both a social imaginary and an emergent reality. [Trust me - I am going somewhere with this] Benedict Anderson explains that the notion of imagined communities was … Continue reading

Imagining a ‘Nation’ part 2

Imagining a ‘Nation’ part 2

In part 1 I introduced a theme/thesis for this series of posts: ‘Nation’ is both sovereign and transcendent.  ‘Nation’ is both a social imaginary and an emergent reality. Charles Taylor utilizes the term ‘social imaginary’ to refer to god-like capacity described by Anderson.  The term encompasses a threefold meaning: First is the way that ordinary … Continue reading

Imagining a ‘Nation’ part 1

Imagining a ‘Nation’ part 1

Watching the Olympics was different for me this time. During the past four years I have been in a PhD program and have burrowed down into topics that have deeply impacted me.  Within one of my cognate fields (non-core studies) I addressed the issue of nationalism and the modern imaginary. The news about events that … Continue reading

Church & State are Married in a Civil Union

Church & State are Married in a Civil Union

Originally published at HBC A good questions can get to the heart of an issue – or expose the underlying assumptions that lie behind an issue. I learned early on in ministry to ask a simple question about marriage: If I as an ordained minister perform a wedding ceremony for a couple, but they have … Continue reading