The Ventriloquist

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




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…



September 2013

The Problem with Unity

by The Ventriloquist, on Race, September 2013

Fifty years. Half a decade since Martin Luther King Jr. made the historic march on Washington and declared in his speech that, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” I have firsthand accounts of the Cedarville experience for minorities. It has always been and will continue to be a very different experience from our brothers and sisters in the ethnic majority. Why? Well,…



October 2011

The Attack of the Giant Octopus

by Jihan Bok, on October 2011, Race

Orientalism. The knowledge or study of Oriental languages, literature, peoples, etc, from a Western perspective. Ask average Americans who have never been out of the country what the word means to them and more often than not they’ll respond with “That’s like, wanton soup and like, orange chicken right? Duh.” An exaggeration? Perhaps. And perhaps here at Cedarville University, exaggerations are an understatement concerning Orientalism. First let me…