Monthly Archives: August 2013

Kairos for the Oikos

Chronos and kairos are two words used by the ancient Greeks used to signify time. Chronos signified time in the quantitative sense as in our use of the word chronological, but kairos is qualitative in nature, signifying a right or … Continue reading

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Education for Social and Ecological Responsibility

At Oklahoma City University, we have established the Oikos Scholars Program for Social and Ecological Responsibility in an attempt to provide an educational experience that will prepare students to engage our current and future global challenges and become 21st Century leaders … Continue reading

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Interfaith Day of Service to the Community, 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr.’s world house vision had interfaith cooperation at its core. In his words ““We have inherited a large house, a great “world house” in which we have to live … Continue reading

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The Ecological Axiom

All persons ought to act so as to maximize value in general, which would include the value of all life over the long run. This formulation of what I call the ecological axiom recognizes that value is inherent in all … Continue reading

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The Community of Experience

“Over time I came to realize that it is not that experience exists because there is an individual, but that an individual exists because there is experience. I thus arrived at the idea that experience is more fundamental than individual … Continue reading

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The Relational Self and the Value of Relations

A dominant view of the self in Western culture has been that of the person separated from the natural world, with the mind separated from the body, and whose value comes primarily from the ability to reason. In Cartesian fashion, … Continue reading

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Eco-Communitarian Personalism

Walter Muelder (1907-2004), Dean of Boston University School of Theology from 1945 to 1972, was a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. and one of the theological and philosophical giants of the Boston Personalist tradition, which provided the philosophical grounding … Continue reading

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Legality vs. Morality in the Make or Break Century

In the ethics classes I teach, we discuss the difference between that which is legal and that which is moral. It is often the case (perhaps most of the time) that what is legal is also moral, but that is not … Continue reading

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Eboo Patel, Sacred Ground: There is no better time to stand up for your values than when they are under attack Interfaith dialogue, cooperation, and service are key components of responsible personhood in the make or break century. The challenges … Continue reading

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