Thursday, August 22, 2013

Welcome to our students at Rice

The academic year for us starts on Monday.  Things are different for me this year because I have become the Chair of the Religious Studies Department after a year long leave.  The summer was spent traveling and moving my office, which turned out to be a bigger chore than I was prepared for.

I want to extend a warm welcome to our incoming and returning students into our very special intellectual community here at Rice.  I have taken this opportunity to write more about our program and post it on our departmental website: "The motto of Rice University is strikingly bold.  'Unconventional Wisdom.'  It is a motto that we love to own because it describes the kind of intellectual community that we create and foster in the Department of Religious Studies. To study here means to challenge the status quo, to investigate what is not obvious, to reimagine what was, is and can be when it comes to religion.  To study here means to enter an intellectual community where critical thought, disciplined training, and innovation intersect with religion." To read the rest of my message, click HERE.

3 comments:

Brian LePort said...

I spent about five weeks on the campus this summer (m wife was there for training, so I accompanied her). It is a wonderful place. The students who attend there are lucky!

Steve Finnell said...

ABORTION?

Are unborn humans, babies or just unidentified blobs of matter?

Genesis 25:21-22 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her......

They were called children. They were not fetuses or blobs of matter.

Luke 1:41,44 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb.....44....the baby leaped in my womb for joy.

John The Baptist leaped for joy. There was no non-human fetus leaping for joy inside the womb of Elizabeth.

The unborn, are babies. There is never a valid reason for killing unborn babies.


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Himself said...

Just begun to read your Blog: Quite good looking forward to more.
As G.K.Chesterton once said "The whole secret of mysticism is this: that man can understand everything by the help of what he does not understand. The morbid logician seeks to make everything lucid, and succeeds in making everything mysterious. The mystic allows one thing to be mysterious, and everything else becomes lucid"