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#25: Trauma

Monday, April 6, 2015

Since its inception, psychology has struggled with understanding and treating trauma. Freud was one of the first to become particularly interested in trauma in the wake of World War I, observing the psychological illness present in veterans returning home. The overwhelming experiences of intense dread and horror the soldiers endured created invisible scars, and he […]

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The Third Day

Monday, November 23, 2015

It had been three days since her sister had been rolled out the front door. Hiding behind the banister at the top of the stairs, Maia had listened as the body of her sister was taken away. The clicks of cart and wheels were the only ceremonies of sound to signal her sister’s passage from […]

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

List your accomplishments. All graduate school applications want to know this. I made a Word document to catalog them. Five extra curricular organizations, president of two; appointed leader of student ministry; multiple academic and writing awards; winner of full scholarship; impressive amount of volunteering; Honors program; summa cum laude. That was two years ago. Yesterday, […]

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God’s Child: A New Imagination in Trauma Healing

Monday, November 16, 2015

Childhood trauma severely limits one’s imagination of the self and the world, causing victims to define themselves by their past experiences. Central to the healing process is a restructuring of one’s imagination of self and the world. In her book Trauma and Recovery, the psychiatrist Judith Herman describes hope as the final stage of recovery […]

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Practicing Politics: A Review of Kingdom Politics

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Kristopher Norris and Sam Speers. Kingdom Politics: In Search of a New Political Imagination for Today’s Church. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015.   For decades, theologians and philosophers debated whether Christian religious convictions were admissible in public discourse. On one side, theologians touted the publicly accessible nature of Christian truth and its relevance for democracy; on the […]

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Tweeting the Impossible Forgiveness: Some Resources from Continental Philosophy for Thinking about Charleston, Mercy, and Social Media

Monday, November 9, 2015

On Wednesday, June 18, in Charleston, South Carolina, a tight-knit group of black men and women at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church welcomed a young white man to pray and read with them at their weekly Bible study. As they were wrapping up, the white man stood, announced his racist rationalizations, and shot at them. […]

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