Tag Archives | 2011

Mark Correll

Correll, Mark R. “The Reformation of Feeling: Shaping the Religious Emotions in Early Modern Germany.” Fides et Historia 43, no. 1 (December 1, 2011): 73–75.

Abstract: In a well-written study, The Reformation of Feeling: Shaping the Religious Emotions in Early Modern Germany, Susan C. Karant-Nunn has introduced a new lens by which to study the Reformations. Karant-Nunn takes a broad range of published sermons from pre-and post-Tridentine Catholics, as well as both Lutheran and Reformed Protestants, and reads them for their affective language. In doing this, she confirms and deepens many other historical interpretations of the Reformation era.

Mark Correll

Correll, Mark R. “A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy.Fides et Historia 43, no. 1 (December 1, 2011): 81–84.

Abstract: The Enlightenment has fallen on hard times as an ideological force for change in history. When it is not simply ignored in the developments of early modern Europe, it is described as a product of social forces. In this sharply written essay, A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy, Jonathan Israel sets out an ambitious project to restore the Enlightenment as the central focus for the entire historiography of the eighteenth century and the French Revolution. This work functions as an introduction to his much larger three volume set published by the Oxford University Press. This book is meant for a broader audience than his other works, it has a sharply polemical tone, and his argument does not digress into fine detail typical of a scholarly volume. Nevertheless, it is a powerfully effective challenge to early modern historiography.

Thomas Kuntzleman

Kuntzleman, Thomas S., Joshua B. Kenney, Scott Hasbrouck, Michael J. Collins, and John R. Amend. “Simple and Automated Coulometric Titration of Acid Using Nonisolated Electrodes.” Journal Of Chemical Education 88, no. 11 (November 2011): 1565-1568. doi: 10.1021/ed101072c

Abstract: The article discusses the coulometric titration of acid using nonisolated electrodes in the analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis education. It mentions the role of coulometric titrations in simplifying the titration process as they eliminate the preparation need for primary standard solutions and allow for unstable reagents generation. It also notes the use of nonisolated electrodes to simplify the experimental design on coulometric titration and the data acquisition instrumentation.

Michael Buratovich

Buratovich, Michael A. “Recent Advances on the Origin of Life–Making Biological Polymers.Reports of the National Center for Science Education 31, no. 1 (2011).

Abstract: The creationism–evolution debate almost always comes around to discussions about the origin of life. The enormousness of the problem of how organic chemicals (those compounds
that contain the element carbon) reacted to synthesize biological molecules like proteins, nucleic acids, membrane lipids, and others, and how these self-replicated and assembled to form the first protocells, represents an attractive target for critics. In addition, the respectable degree of uncertainty that surrounds present answers to origin-of-life questions, and the large diversity of the proposed solutions, represent ample fodder for those who would question the validity of the entire origin-of-life research program. Consequently, creationists have said a great deal about origin-of-life research, and none of it is positive.

Laura Widstrom

Widstrom, Laura. “Adolescent Peer Relationships and Behavior Problems Predict Young Adults’ Communication on Social Networking Websites.” Journal Of Youth Ministry 9, no. 1 (Fall 2010): 111-114.

Abstract: The article reviews the article “Adolescent Peer Relationships and Behavior Problems Predict Young Adults’ Communication on Social Networking Websites,” by A. Y. Mikami, D. E. Szwedo, J. P. Allen, M. A. Evans and A. L. Hare, which appeared in the periodical “Developmental Psychology” in 2010.

Matthew Hill & Helene Hill

Hill, Helene, and Matthew Hill. “The ethics of coding: are we committing fraud?.” JAAPA: Official Journal Of The American Academy Of Physician Assistants 24, no. 10 (October 2011): 67-68.

Abstract: A young PA had recently begun working in a busy emergency department, and although he was handling the medical aspect well, he was continuing to get flagged on documentation reports. This PA reviewed the reports and noticed that his documentation had cost his employer about $20,000 in lost charges that year. He began to sense pressure from his employer that if he did not improve his documentation, he might lose his job. One day while discussing a patient’s case with his attending, she mentioned to him that because this patient had been admitted to the hospital, more in‐depth documentation would be required in the chart. She said he would need to go back into the chart and “beef it up.” As the PA turned back to his computer, he thought, “Well, I didn’t exactly look inside this patient’s ears as she had come in for a diabetic foot ulcer. What do I document?”

Todd Marshall

Marshall, Todd E.  “The Conversing God: Exploring Trinitarian Information Transfer from the Perspective of Gordon Pask’s Conversation Theory” Advances in the Study of Information and Religion  1, no. 1 (September 1, 2011), Article 6.

Abstract: The traditional Christian belief in the Trinity states that God exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Spirit, and that people were created in “the image of God.” This is understood to mean that humans reflect the nature of God and His ability to communicate. This ancient Christian concept has implications not only for theology, but also for communication within Christian communities. The goal of this paper is to explore the ability of a modern information theory to shed light on this doctrine and improve communication within the Church. This paper seeks to bridge the gap between ancient theology and modern theory by asking the following question: “Can Gordon Pask’s conversation theory serve as a framework for information transfer within the Trinity and within Christian religious communities?” The author’s perspective is that conversation theory can be used as a framework for exploring knowledge creation and sharing within the Trinity and subsequently within the Christian community. These new insights are based on Pask’s conceptualization of psychological and mechanical individuals, entailment meshes, and consciousness. As these concepts create new perspectives, they have significance for communities who model their communicating on Trinitarian theology. This discussion will be based on theoretical, theological, and biblical evidence which demonstrates that conversation theory is compatible Trinitarian theology. Conclusions include implications for the process of creating and sharing religious knowledge from the individual and the corporate perspective.

Tamara Dindoffer

Dindoffer, Tamara, Barbara Reid, and Shirley Freed. “Women Administrators in Christian Universities: Making Family and Career Co-Central.Journal of Research on Christian Education 20, no. 3 (September 2011): 281–308. doi:10.1080/10656219.2011.624447.

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore how women in administrative positions in Christian higher education integrate their professional and personal lives. Six women in leadership positions in small, faith-based liberal arts colleges were interviewed. Levinson’s (1996) concept of gender-splitting was used as a lens to analyze the data. The women in this study have experienced a number of influences that moderate strict notions of gender-splitting: coming from non-traditional homes with working mothers, husbands who provide substantial support with domestic duties, strong personal motivation to achieve, and mentors who provided support and guidance. The women spoke freely of their work as a ‘calling’ and used their faith in God when meeting a variety of challenges. While gender-splitting was a prevailing influence in the lives of the women in this study there was substantial evidence to show that they were resilient and flexible enough to create pathways to negotiate the commitment to family and the commitment to work in order to manage a successful career in higher education.

Laura Widstrom

Widstrom, Laura. “Evaluating Adolescent Catechesis.Journal of Youth Ministry 10, no. 1 (Fall 2011): 110–113.

Abstract: The article evaluates the effectiveness of adolescent catechetical curricula in fostering Christian discipleship. With statistics revealing that ten percent of Americans are former Catholics and that one third of Catholics born in the U.S. are no longer practicing their faith, Catholic church leaders are anxious to understand why so many young people are leaving the church and what tools might be effective in reversing the trend. The Youth in Theology and Ministry program is described.