Truth Matters: Heidegger and Horkheimer in Dialectical Disclosure.

Zuidervaart, Lambert. “Truth Matters: Heidegger and Horkheimer in Dialectical Disclosure.” Telos, no. 145 (Winter 2008): 131-60.

This article examines two seminal essays from the 1930s, one by Martin Heidegger and the other by Max Horkheimer. I show that they have more in common then one might first expect and that each serves to correct the other on the question of how propositional truth connects with larger issues of life and society. I develop this dialectical critique in order to propose my own account of truth. A longer version under the same title appears in the booklet Phenomenology and Critical Theory, ed. Christina Rawls (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University, The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, 2008), 38-66.

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Will This Church Have Children?

Sweetman, Robert. "Will This Church Have Children?" Paper presented at the ICS Worldview Conference "Another Brick in the Wall", Oakville, Ontario, September 27, 2008.

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The church like any other institution or group of institutions straddles the line dividing the age of ideology and its characteristic institutional habits from our emerging post-ideological world.  As a result the church too must think about the character of its institutional manifestations. And that means thinking about the pattern of social and cultural change. There are revolutionary, conservative and reformist postures available.  This essay recommends a reformist model and imagines such a model by reference to premodern patterns of political change, in the first place, and the ways in which the meaning of shared cultural symbols change within ancient, medieval and modern contexts, on the second place.  The suggestion is made that such change can be effective if it occurs within the context of a core continuity--that about a given tradition of institutional life that its present members find most precious and worthy.  The point is to hang on to that positive core and to search widely for ways of deepening and building from that core from the resources to be found outside of the tradition, especially within emerging practices that seem most attuned to the tenor of the "new world."  The essay ends by identifying a post-ideological sensibility that feeds secularization and so impedes the church's generational shift from a present leadership formed to the requirements of the age of ideology to ecclesiastical youth whose world is wholly post-ideological.

This is the second of two addresses by Bob Sweetman given at the ICS Worldview Conference titled "Another Brick in the Wall" on September 27, 2008 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Why We Don’t Join Institutions Anymore

Why We Don't Join Institutions Anymore. Robert Sweetman. Presented at the ICS Worldview Conference "Another Brick in the Wall", Oakville, Ontario, September 27, 2008.

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This essay argues that institutions are a perennial feature of human society and culture.  They preserve default positions on how to act together in any number of ways to perform those functions necessary to human living or deemed necessary to human flourishing.  But institutions take on the colour and texture of the age in which they emerge or function. Our most successful institutions, those identified with globalizing capitalism, betray the colours and texture of the age of ideology.  Thus they are aggressively expansive, coercive, hugely complex and very large.  What becomes ever more obvious however is that we no longer trust institutions of the ideological type to steward our common human good.  We are emerging into a post-ideological world.  The institutional experiments most attuned to the new world are very different in colour and texture from those formed in the age of ideology.  They are localized (although tied via new technologies to similar groups worldwide), small, simple and participatory or democratic.  What does this have to say to the Christian community in its institutional life?

This is the first of two addresses by Bob Sweetman given at the ICS Worldview Conference titled "Another Brick in the Wall" on September 27, 2008 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Whose spirituality? Which rationality? A narrational locus for learning.

Blomberg, Douglas Gordon “Whose spirituality? Which rationality? A narrational locus for learning.” Journal of Education and Christian Belief, 13(2), 2008, pp. 113-124.

Traditional schooling for the academically inclined is directed toward the intellectual mastery of subjects in isolation from one another, based on the paradigm of scientific specialisation. Taking a cue from cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner, I explore a mode of rationality (“narrationality”) that will facilitate schools respecting the interdependence of all that God has made.

New wineskins: Subverting the 'sacred story' of schooling.

Blomberg, Douglas Gordon. “New Wineskins: Subverting the ‘Sacred Story’ of Schooling.” In Christian Higher Education in the Global Context: Implications for Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Administration, pp. 119-214. Ed. N. Lantinga. Sioux Center, IA: Dordt Press, 2008.

If Christian elementary and secondary schools are better to reflect the primacy of experiential knowing as this typifies a biblical wisdom perspective, institutions of higher education need to change their practices. The way in which teachers are taught is one of the most significant influences on the way in which teachers teach. It is relatively futile to pour the new wine of Christian education (as education for discipleship) within the old wineskin of theory into practice (education for the disciplines).