A Culture Shattered Part 1

June 22, 2015 by   | Category: Blog, Featured, Middle Blog

DR 15-06 A Culture Shattered Part 1 A Culture Shattered   Part 1 of 5—The Dialectic Scheme: Priming the Pump (1960s); Testing the Waters (1970s) Debra Rae   Middle American Baby Boomers can’t help but wonder, “What made our culture shift as it has?” More importantly, ”Is the America of our childhood lost forever?” Some credit this phenomenon to Darwin’s theory of historic optimism, or social Darwinism, presupposing that apart from God a natural succession of gradual reforms... 

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Life Boat – Part 1

September 24, 2014 by   | Category: Blog, Middle Blog

  Eco-Justice EPA Style Privileged Planet; Plundered People, Part 1 Debra Rae   In the early 1970s, a trendy role-playing exercise, the “Lifeboat Game,”[1] presumed to clarify students’ values in public school classrooms. It works like this: As a group of survivors, lost in rough seas, cling to a dangerously overcrowded rescue boat, they reason that some of them must be sacrificed for others to live. Based on its self-acclaimed moral authority, derived from decades of ecological... 

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Emerging Universalism Part 4: Ecumenical Reconciliation

August 15, 2014 by   | Category: Blog, Middle Blog

In The Tempest, Shakespeare introduced an idiom that today has gained currency among religionists. “Misery,” he wrote, “acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” Now, it might be said, “Universalism acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”[1] As I write, donations are being raised for “The House of One,” where the world’s first-ever church, mosque, and synagogue will share a single roof at the location of the city’s first church in Berlin, Germany.[2] Along with... 

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A War for All Seasons

April 3, 2014 by   | Category: Blog, Middle Blog

For ancient Israelites war held religious significance. In fact, priests often accompanied armies into battle. Wars were initiated with sacrificial rites; the divine oracle was consulted and trumpets blown. Biblical battles date back to the time of Abraham and Israel’s wars of conquest and were followed by wars involving the United Kingdom and, thereafter, the Divided Kingdoms of Judah and Israel.i Over nine hundred years before Christ, Solomon acknowledged a time for war.ii The second president... 

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2014 Road Map To Global Transformation

February 6, 2014 by   | Category: Blog, Middle Blog

For ancient Israelites war held religious significance. In fact, priests often accompanied armies into battle. Wars were initiated with sacrificial rites; the divine oracle was consulted and trumpets blown. Biblical battles date back to the time of Abraham and Israel’s wars of conquest and were followed by wars involving the United Kingdom and, thereafter, the Divided Kingdoms of Judah and Israel.1  Over nine hundred years before Christ, Solomon acknowledged a time for war.2 The second president... 

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