• Paul and the Classical World of His Time

    By Dr. Craig A. Evans That Paul, the “apostle to the Gentiles,” frequently engaged the classical world of his time should come as no surprise at all. The Christian Church of the early centuries simply could not avoid the culture of the Greeks and Romans; it was everywhere around them. In fact, it was Christianity’s …

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  • Why Athens And Jerusalem Must Meet

    By Dr. Louis Markos I am proud to teach at a university that is committed to building on the classics and to bringing together the Greco-Roman legacy of Athens and the Judeo-Christian faith of Jerusalem. What that means in practice is that we believe true wisdom can, and must, be learned from such pre-Christian writers …

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  • Teaching the Classics: Introduction from Editor Dr. Jeffery Green

    By Dr. Jeffery Green It is my pleasure to introduce to you the theme for our Spring and Summer 2018 edition of The City.  We will be exploring Christianity and the Classics for the next several months.  The word “classics” has a deep resonance here at Houston Baptist University.  We have a department of Classics …

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  • Artistic Foundations for New Mediums: How Poetry Inspires Transcendent Cinema

    By Joshua Sikora One of the joys of teaching film at a university is the opportunity to explore the cinematic medium through the lens of other art forms. Working alongside painters, sculptors, composers, and poets, I am often challenged and inspired to see my artistic discipline in a new context. As such a young medium, …

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  • The Importance Of ‘Social Capital’ And The Fate Of The American Family

    By Timothy S. Goeglein “How small, of all that human hearts endure, That part which laws or kings can cause or cure!” -Dr. Samuel Johnson Earlier this year, I was invited to one of Washington’s premiere think tanks for a public policy discussion on a new piece of federal legislation that will likely be introduced …

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  • What is sentimental art and why is it bad for you?

    by Matthew Boyleston, PhD One of the most common objections my students raise is a vigorous disagreement to my claim that art is not exclusively a subjective experience: beauty does not actually reside in the eye of the beholder. In particular, they are often passionate defenders of sentimental art. This attitude is not limited to …

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  • The Necessity of Sovereign Laws

    by John Tyler, JD, PhD Two troubling trends have radically transformed American jurisprudence since the 1950s. The first is the separation of law from morality, which produces unjust laws. The second is judicial activism, which destroys liberty. This is the second of two essays on these trends. The first essay discussed the necessity of moral …

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  • The Necessity of Moral Laws

    by John Tyler, JD, PhD Two troubling trends have radically transformed American jurisprudence since the 1950s. The first is the intentional separation of law from morality. The second is the increased acceptance of judicial activism. This is the first of two essays explaining these trends, the harm they create, and how Christian universities can help …

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  • The City Summer 2016

    Three-Part Harmony: The Remarkable Relationship between Mind, Matter, and Mathematics

    by Melissa Cain Travis The conviction that the cosmos is orderly and that this order is discernible through human reason was a major philosophical engine of the scientific revolution. Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton harnessed the power of mathematics for scientific discovery and did so from a broadly Christian perspective on the universe …

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