The Ventriloquist

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

February 2012

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February 2012

Deconstructing Scripture: Why Literalism Makes You Lazy

by Grant Miller, on Theology, February 2012

Deconstruction: “A philosophical theory of criticism that seeks to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning” [as defined by Princeton University.] I have a confession to make. I am a deconstructionist. For those of you who have been absolutely inundated and saturated with the mores of deconstruction, you are not alone. Deconstruction, a mode of thought which has resurfaced in the face of the postmodern…

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February 2012

Springfield, OH Voted 'Unhappiest City in America'

by Kimberly Prijatel, on February 2012, Local

A recent Gallup poll revealed Springfield, OH is the saddest city in America. According to Gallup officials, analysts gathered information over a three year period by calling 1,000 people a day to ask about their emotional/physical health, work environment, basic access to food, shelter and health care. When the polling group gathered 1 million surveys in October 2010, they examined the nation-wide trends in the 357 geographic statistical…

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February 2012

Nudity and Art

by Tim Cuffman & Danielle Early, on Art, February 2012

Imagine that you are naked right now. Imagine that you are standing in front of Michelangelo’s David. Imagine that you are watching film footage of Jews stripping off their clothes in a Holocaust death camp right before they head into the ‘showers.’ In each of these scenarios, the common thread is ‘nudity’ and our interaction with it. Many students were outraged last year when Cedarville showed a not-entirely-censored version…

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February 2012

Hollywood Tyranny

by Zach Schneider, on February 2012, Technology

SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act) have become recent buzzwords, as the Internet was rocked on January 18 by protest blackouts from Wikipedia, reddit, and other websites. Both bills would essentially seek to stop Internet piracy by forcing removal of DNS entries of websites accused of hosting even links to infringing content. (A DNS is what…

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February 2012

Of Birds and Yellow Jackets

by Kimberly Prijatel, on Cedarville, Relationships, February 2012

Patrol any building on Cedarville’s campus and you’ll quickly discover it to be the fount from which all awkward things grow. That may be an exaggeration, but you’ve been there: that moment of disgust when you happen upon a couple doing that which should not be done in public. I do not even refer to explicit sexual activity (although you wouldn’t be too hard-pressed to find…