Author Archives: Mark Y. A. Davies

About Mark Y. A. Davies

Mark Davies is The Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. From 2009 to 2015, Mark was dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences and Wimberly Professor of Social Ethics at Oklahoma City University. Previously, Mark was dean of the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University and Founding Director of the Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership. Prior to becoming dean of the Wimberly School of Religion in 2002, he was associate dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University and chair of the department of philosophy. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics. Dr. Davies serves on the United Methodist University Senate, which is “an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.” He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK in the United States, and they have two daughters. The views expressed by the author in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Oklahoma City University.

The War on Christmas

As those of us who are Christians enter into the Christmas season, I respectfully request that fundamentalist Christians cease with their “war on Christmas” rhetoric. I also really don’t want to hear their “let’s put Christ back into Christmas” mantra … Continue reading

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From Fundamentalism to Fascism

Religion possesses immense power to renew the human spirit or to imprison it. I was a fundamentalist Christian from about age 14 to age 19. The church was my most important community of my teenage years, and the people there … Continue reading

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DO SOMETHING!

#DOSOMETHING! is the primal cry of a spoiled rich kid who has never been held accountable for any of his actions. When Trump was eligible for the draft during the Vietnam War, he said DO SOMETHING, and he was given … Continue reading

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Oklahoma is Our Land, Not Only Oil Land

The fossil fuel industry led budget crisis in Oklahoma represents a new low in the industry’s willingness to allow an entire state to become a sacrifice zone for fossil fuel interests. Typically sacrifice zones in Oklahoma and in the United … Continue reading

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Rules for Protests for People of Color in the United States of America

Sometimes when I hear white people talking about where and when people of color should protest, I am thinking maybe they want there to be “Rules for Protests for People of Color in the United States” that would go something … Continue reading

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Choosing Caesar over Jesus

The response of the majority of white Christian Americans* to the trumped up outrage about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest the unjust treatment of people of color in our country has reinforced my view that the … Continue reading

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The Trump “University” of Healthcare Insurance Systems 

In his desperation to erase any progress made by President Obama and to please his religious base, Trump has now declared that he will no longer enforce the Affordable Care Act mandate that requires employer based healthcare insurance to include … Continue reading

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