The Ventriloquist

An online publication at and outside the boundary of evangelical Christianity.

Thursday

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February 2014

Ruminations on Diversity

by Jonathan Hammond, on Race, February 2014

Difference, Diversity, Multiculturalism, Tolerance – these words can spark heated debate in any culture; and questions of difference are at the heart of many discussions within contemporary religious, political, economic, and educational organizations as well as within an individual’s struggle to understand diversity. Cedarville is not exempt from the ongoing debate and over the last year certain events (Title IX investigation, high number of faculty and staff departures, shakeup of…

Thursday

13

February 2014

Or D, None of the Above

by Stephanie Petersen, on Education, February 2014

Any casual observer of American public education has seen them-the unending, unbelievable, miserable charts, graphs and other statistics that affirm our colossal failure. From dropout rates, college retention and standardized testing data, we know without a doubt that something is not working, and that certainly no one is openly pleased about it. In a semi-intentional survey of popular media, I see that concerned citizens have selected several particular demons upon…

Monday

27

January 2014

Dr. White Announces Planned Changes to Doctrinal Statement

by The Ventriloquist, on Cedarville, Doctrinal Statement

In a meeting held on January 27, Cedarville president Dr. Thomas White presented proposed new changes to the doctrinal statement. These changes are not yet official additions; per the university bylaws, they will most likely be presented to the trustees for a vote over the summer. It is unclear at this time how the proposed changes will affect faculty contracts for the 2014-2015 academic year, as faculty are typically required…

Thursday

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September 2013

Punitive Violence and Forgiveness

by Blake Hereth, on Theology, Pacifism, September 2013

Having been raised in the Deep South, I recall the teachings on war and violence: they were evils to be avoided, but occasionally killing a human person was morally justified. Aside from war, in which it was taken as given that killing was often justified, there was a slightly more controversial kind of case in which killing was allegedly justified: as punishment for severe crime. While there may have been…

Thursday

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September 2013

Evangelicals and Immigration Reform

by The Ventriloquist, on Politics, September 2013, Immigration, Dr. Carl Ruby

Since the 2012 election, immigration reform has surfaced as a front-burner issue. Analysis of voting trends showed Republicans that their hopes of ever winning another major election might hinge on attracting larger numbers of Latino voters. If Romney had done half as well with Hispanic voters as George Bush did, he would have succeeded in his Presidential campaign. In 2012, Republicans started paying attention. But before the 2012 election, a…