Christian Ministry and Formation Collection

Faculty and student scholarship related to the MidAmerica Nazarene University Christian Ministry and Formation Department (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).

Academic Writings

Poster.

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Aristotle’s Journey to Europe: A Synthetic History of the Role Played by the Islamic Empire in the Transmission of Western Educational Philosophy Sources from the Fall of Rome through the Medieval Period

After the fall of Rome, how did the work and words of the ancient Greek
philosophers make their way, textually and intellectually, into later European
thought? There were two primary and obvious paths that this Greek literature could
have taken to reach medieval Europe after the splitof the Roman Empire into east
and west sectors, but these two potential paths functionally became, instead, dual
roadblocks to its transmission. In the western portion of the former Roman Empire,

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Dissertation
WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00001911

Aristotle's Journey to Europe: A Synthetic History of the Role Played by the Islamic Empire in the Transmission of Western Educational Philosophy Sources from the Fall of Rome through the Medieval Period

Randall R. Cloud

From the Abstract: After the fall of Rome, how did the work and words of the ancient Greek philosophers make their way, textually and intellectually, into later European thought?

After the fall of Rome, how did the work and words of the ancient Greek philosophers make their way, textually and intellectually, into later European thought? There were two primary and obvious paths that this Greek literature could have taken to reach medieval Europe after the split of the Roman Empire into east and west sectors, but these two potential paths functionally became, instead, dual roadblocks to its transmission.
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Dissertation
WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00001832

Daniel's Response to World Religions

James O. Edlin

In this paper, I will explore some of the theological responses of the Jewish community to competing religions in the years following exile. In particular I propose to focus upon those ideas found in the book of Daniel that respond to other religions. Following two preliminary comments, the first part of the paper will survey the religious environment of the ancient Middle East during and following the Israelite exile to Babylon.

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Unpublished article
WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00001989

An Expansion of Mildred Bangs Wynkoop's 1971 WTS Article: a Hermeneutical Approach to John Wesley

PowerPoint Slide Presentation. Presented at MNU Week of Scholarship, April 2015.

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Holding God Close through Technology: a Prayer Challenge

2015 Week of Scholarship 7x7 Challenge presentation, April 7, 2015.

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Holding God Close through Technology: the Silence & Solitude Challenge

PowerPoint Slide Presentation. Authorship noted on title slide as Kelvin St. John & MNU Millennials.

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Philoarcheology: Plato and Aristotle - Two Men Who Refuse to Die

Video, 2015 Week of Scholarship 7x7 Challenge presentation, April 7, 2015.

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Recovering the Full Mission of God: a Biblical Perspective on Being, Doing and Telling

Poster describing the author's recent scholarly papers, articles, books, and presentations.

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Religious Architecture in Video Games: a Curricular Proposal for Religious Education

Mark Hayse

The ubiquity and popularity of video games suggest a new medium for religious education. However, the capitalistic and militaristic architecture of many evangelical Christian video games undermines their potential for faithful religious education. Thus, these video games ironically propagate a curriculum of redemptive violence. Video games with religious educational aspirations call for a distinctively religious architecture that intertwines aspects of myth, identity, contemplation, discernment, revelation, transcendence, mutuality, and creativity.

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Presentation

Saving the World One Game at a Time? Justice, Digital Play, and Games for Change

Mark Hayse

The "Games for Change" organization sponsors video game innovations that seek to teach justice and compassion through digital play. Play encompasses many dimensions: learning and growth, perspective taking, self-reflection, critical thinking, and adaptive thinking. However, the educational aims of these games may be diluted by the latent structural qualities within the chosen medium of digital play. In addition, religion appears to be an underutilized resource within these games, despite the great promise and potential of religious education.

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Transcendence and Epiphany in Passage: A Religious Educational Analysis

Mark Hayse

Jason Rohrer's independently produced video game - Passage (2007) - illustrates the potential of video games to mediate transcendence and epiphany through digital play.

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Presentation

Video Games and Ideology

Mark Hayse

This poster was displayed at the MidAmerica Nazarene University Faculty Exhibition, 2013.

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Poster
WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00001966

Video Games as Religious Education Curriculum

Mark Hayse

Thesis: Video games hold promise for situating players within a religious education curriculum that sponsors playful engagement with the ethical and the transcendent.

* At its best, video game curriculum integrates both narrative (explicit) and procedural (implicit) educational strategies.

* However, some evidence suggests that religious video game designers fail to understand either the full curricular potential of the video game medium or the implicit curricular significance of conventional video game procedures.

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Presentation

Writing Adult Sunday School Materials

Poster, presented at Week of Scholarship, 2015, MidAmerica Nazarene University.

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Creating Space for God in the Lives of Millennials by Leveraging Technology to Practice a Spiritual Discipline Modeled by Christ

Kelvin St. John

Today’s Millennials, the first generation to reach their majority in this millennium, often compartmentalize their faith lives from their social and work lives. MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) offers a course in Spiritual Formation once each spring. The enrollment for this elective course ranges from twelve to eighteen students per class. Each undergraduate must take three general education courses that inform their faith: Old Testament Literature, New Testament Literature, and Christian Beliefs.

Today’s Millennials, the first generation to reach their majority in this millennium, often compartmentalize their faith lives from their social and work lives. MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) offers a course in Spiritual Formation once each spring. The enrollment for this elective course ranges from twelve to eighteen students per class. Each undergraduate must take three general education courses that inform their faith: Old Testament Literature, New Testament Literature, and Christian Beliefs.
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Dissertation
WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00003262

Book Review: The Way of the Wesleys

Bruce L. Flanders

Review of: The Way of the Wesleys: a Short Introduction, by John R. Tyson, Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. 202 pp. $16.00; ISBN 978-0-8028-6954-8.

Reviewed by Bruce Flanders, Director, Mabee Library, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS.

 

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Book review

Book Review: Christ-Shaped Character

Bruce L. Flanders

Christ-Shaped Character: Choosing Love, Faith and Hope, by Helen Cepero, Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Books, 2014. 181 pp. $14.50; ISBN 978-0-8308-3582-9.

Reviewed by Bruce Flanders, Director, Mabee Library, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS.

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Book review

Book Review: The God We Worship

Bruce L. Flanders

The God We Worship: an Exploration of Liturgical Theology, by Nicholas Wolterstorff, Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015. 180 pp. $11.11; ISBN 978-0-8028-7249-4.

Reviewed by Bruce Flanders, Director, Mabee Library, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS.

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Book review

Tabs

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WHDL-00003235