Our current issue is on Orthodoxy and Truth, understood broadly. Email our editor-in-chief at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 17th if you are interested in any of these or have your own prompt in mind. Here are some prompts we are considering:
Truth and Orthodoxy
- What is truth and from where does it come? What is orthodoxy in the Christian faith? How do we pursue these and decide to trust the results? Why should non-religious people care about this?
- Taken– What is heresy? Why can’t people disagree with certain doctrines and still be Christian if they still believe in some form of Jesus?
- What are the limits of scientific empiricism? Why do many trust the scientific method over philosophy and theology? How do we know that we know anything and that our methods of seeking truth are sufficient?
- Taken- Can morality (or truth) be relative/non-exclusive? What are foundational ideas about morality (or truth) held by our society? Are these satisfactory to our notions of justice or truth?
- Taken- What are the effects of indoctrination on developing notions of truth or departing from inherited belief? Ex. those with a secular upbringing finding faith, or those with a religious one finding a new faith or leaving it.
- What orthodoxies exist in culture and society? How should we challenge them or why should we accept them? Why don’t people follow good ideas that are different from these norms? Ex. social norms, humor, diet, gender norms, language use
- Compare the Abrahamic faiths view of scripture or Jesus. How are these different and what are the ways these views may or may not give an accurate understanding of either?
- Book Review: Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Book by Khun). We will buy it for you if you cannot obtain it.
- How has the gospel been an impetus for conservative and progressive action in history? What does this tell us about applying the gospel to challenge societal wrongs that are deemed “orthodox”? Ex. abolition (progressive), Napoleon’s desecularization (conservative)
- Taken- Why search for absolute truth if interpretation is always subjective? Why not just be agnostic and admit we cannot truly know? What is gained/spent in seekings and holding to notions of absolute truth?
- Taken- How can personal experiences be a methodology for obtaining knowledge? Can we trust our own experiences and to what extent? Why should non-religious people accept the experiences of others as evidence of the trueness of their beliefs?
- Taken- How people communicate the narratives people create to explain truth or received tradition to others? What ways do people share narratives in conversation and find it frustrating to put something into words?
- What accounts for the vast diversity among regional orthodox traditions (or denominations)? How can there be so much divergence while adhering to the same faith, especially when Paul blurred ethnic distinctions (neither Jew nor Gentile)?
- Eastern Orthodoxy, Coptic, Ethiopia, Dutch/Scot Reformed
- How do we practice orthodoxy? What is the importance of moral living in the Christian faith?
Some might be added or taken. Here is the updated prompt list: Spring 2017 Prompts