• 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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  • America Goes to War

    By Timothy S. Goeglein A little over one hundred years ago, on April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I. The Great War’s centennial is especially poignant because of the massive sacrifice America made in both blood and treasure, mostly forgotten and faded now as so much mist over the ocean. The dynamism …

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  • Why Philosophy is Essential to Anything Deserving to be Called a University, Especially One Claiming to be Christian.

    Recently something of a national controversy broke out in academic and educational circles over the news that the President of the University of St Thomas, Houston, was thinking of cutting or even eliminating programs in philosophy at that school.  The reason given was that the needs of students have changed with more and more students …

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  • Teaching Literature at a Christian University

    For the past twenty-six years I have taught literature at a Christian University that confesses Jesus as Lord, that ascribes to a conservative, orthodox Christian worldview, and that believes that faith and reason must not be held in separate compartments but must be wisely and enthusiastically integrated. Fine sounding words, these, but what do they …

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  • The City Summer 2016

    Technology, Knowledge, and Mystery

    By Russell Hemati Technological marvels are everywhere around us. Their ubiquity lulls us into forgetting the mysterious essence of technology and its impact on the way we experience nature, society, and the supernatural. The Obvious Mystery Technology is a mystery hidden in a highly visible place, an ancient mystery often overlooked. It is a mystery …

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