WAR SPARKS FACULTY-STUDENT
More than 50 students, faculty,
and staff gathered in the Fireside Chapel on Wednesday, March 19 to initiate
Operation: Publicly Minded Servants, a series of meetings during which
members of the faculty will share their viewpoints and opinions of the
conflict in Iraq.
At the first meeting, Dr.
George Pierson, chair of the philosophy department, and political science
chairman Charlie Emmerich presented their perspectives on ideas such as
truth and rhetoric, just wars, and global relations in the aftermath of
the war. Each professor fielded questions from the audience.
When asked of the similarities
between the wars involving Israel during Old Testament times and the current
conflict, Emmerich offered insightful comments.
"We have to be careful when
we try to make that comparison," he warned. "We know that God has a sovereign
purpose because He is the Creator, but the United States does not have
the relationship with Him now that Israel had with Him then. They were
a total theocracy, and God defended them as their King."
Aron Reppmann (philosophy)
and Craig Mattson (communication arts) spoke on Thursday afternoon, and
Brad Breems (sociology) shares the half-hour time slot with Mark Ward (business)
on Friday, March 21.