Every year during the course of Vision Week, The King’s Council facilitates a speech competition in which an elected member from each class writes a speech about the vision of the College and delivers it to the student body. The winner is selected by a panel of judges who take both content and delivery into consideration.
I’ve selected a quote from each speech that captures the passion of our students when they talk about Vision:
“…We are here to create whole people, to create excellent people who are able to think well, write well, speak well; to be able to unify head, hand, and heart. To be able to say, as people, we will do the best we can, because it glorifies Christ.” –Samuel Tran, Sophomore
“What turns vision to legacy? The answer is deceptively simple; action. What turns vision into legacy is the process of taking ideas, will, and intention and actually applying it to practice.” –John Sailer, Freshman
“My most ardent wish for us all as students is that we grasp the full meaning of our education, so that we can approach our classes with an attitude of openness and humility. Articulating the purpose of education is critical to preparing ourselves to be transformed by it.” ddash;Joshua Linder, Junior
“Our education prepares us to be excellent in the workforce, to think critically and creatively as problem solvers, and to be faithful in our careers because we genuinely love what we’re doing.” –Derek Reed, Senior
As president, I am proud to lead an institution where students care deeply about the vision of their College and the purpose of their lives. The College has many exciting announcements ahead in the coming weeks, but what keeps us focused is our mission to transform society by preparing students for careers in which they help to shape and eventually to lead strategic public and private institutions, and by supporting faculty members as they directly engage culture through writing and speaking publicly on critical issues.
Serving the King of King’s,
Dr. David Talcott Reviews Alvin Plantinga's Where the Conflict Really Lies
The history of science is not a mere record of isolated discoveries; it is a narrative of the conflict of two contending powers, the expansive force of the human intellect on one side, and the compression arising from traditionary faith and human interests on the other.
Thus penned John William Draper in 1874 in his work History of the Conflict between Science and Religion. Over a century later, this tension still lives on in the popular imagination.
Alvin Plantinga confronts this tension in Science, Religion, & Naturalism: Where the Conflict Really Lies, arguing that Draper has things precisely backward. There is indeed a conflict between science and religion, but that conflict is not between science and Christianity (or western monotheism) but between science and Naturalism. Naturalism functions as a quasi-religion for some people by providing answers to profound questions of human existence—"Is there such a person as God? How should we live? Can we look forward to life after death? What is our place in the universe? How are we related to other creatures?"
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Lawrence Kudlow Announced as 2012 Commencement Speaker
The King’s College is pleased to announce Lawrence Kudlow, host of CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report,” as the 2012 Commencement speaker.
Mr. Kudlow is a nationally syndicated columnist and a contributing editor of National Review magazine. He is also the author of "American Abundance: The New Economic and Moral Prosperity," published by Forbes in January 1998.
Dinesh D'Souza, President of The King's College, said, “In America, Larry Kudlow provides one of the best full-throated defenses of free market capitalism, supply side economics and sound money. Our graduates, who have a solid understanding of economics, will have an opportunity to hear how wealth is created and the system that produces it—as well as the forces at work against it—from someone who is in the public square daily. I am delighted to announce Mr. Kudlow as our commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2012.”
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Dr. David Tubbs: "The Insularity of Contemporary Feminism"
In that attractive but rather closed community known as American higher education, feminists own a lot of real estate. The small number of courses in “women’s studies” in the 1960s and 1970s has given way to programs and departments with full-time faculty and even endowed professorships. During this time, feminism has gained considerable influence in American law and politics. Its influence derives from its secure position in the academy, because almost every student now attending a top-notch college, university, or law school will be exposed to the feminist worldview.
Comparing feminism with social conservatism is instructive. The latter, of course, is poorly represented among faculty members in higher education. To identify oneself as a social conservative at most colleges and universities—at least before earning tenure—is professional folly, if not suicide. Yet no one can deny the influence of social conservatism in American politics. It remains a potent electoral force because so many voters identify themselves as socially or morally conservative. Feminism’s influence is significant, but disproportionate to the relatively small number of Americans who identify with feminism in theory or practice.
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Dr. Anthony Bradley: "Abstinence = Epic Fail"
On February 10, 2012, rapper Too $hort posted a video on XXLMag.com, a hip-hop website, where he gave “Fatherly Advice” to middle-school and high-school boys on sexuality. The disgusting, misogynistic, dehumanizing, and graphic nature of his comments do not bear repeating here, but his comments made me wonder about the consequences of reducing sexuality to merely a physical concept in the absence of virtue. Thankfully, the video was removed and Too $hort offered an apology for offending people. The rapper, however, offered no apology for the way in which he advised young men to touch the bodies of young girls.
The whole episode reminded me that I am not convinced that Christians do a good job of telling young people what to do with their bodies other than say “no” to them. As a result, I am beginning to wonder if abstinence programs are even helpful for developing moral maturity. While abstinence rightly places sexual intercourse within its proper context — marriage — it fails to construct a moral theology of the body. Perhaps this is a good opportunity for Christians to return to teaching chastity.
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Alissa Wilkinson: "Mixed Reviews"
Legacies are given to us by those who are dead. Perhaps this indisputable fact is the reason why our culture does not know how to deal with legacies. Cultures—from the Egyptians to the Romans to the Soviets—have traditionally treated the dead with a combined sense of awe and fear. On the one hand, the dead are treated as gods—embalmed and revered, sometimes worshipped. Alexander the Great and Lenin are treated this way, but so are the modern dead. Think of the strange rites that accompanied the celebrations of death for Princess Diana, John F. Kennedy, or John Lennon. Think of the myths that have emerged around their personalities and lives.
But lurking beneath this strange reverence is a profound sense of fear. The dead scare us; we worry that we will not live up to their greatness. We worry that the horrors perpetrated by those who have passed will reappear again and haunt us like ghosts.
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Dr. Anthony Bradley Publishes Books on Social, Political, and Economic Justice
Dr. Anthony Bradley, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, continues to create dialogue in the American black community on issues ranging from theology and politics to culture and economic justice. In January, he published Keep Your Head Up: America's New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation and is releasing another on March 1st entitled The Political Economy of Liberation: Thomas Sowell and James Cone on the Black Experience.
The books come on the heels of the 2010 publication of Dr. Bradley's Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America and the 2011 release of Black and Tired.
Keep Your Head Up is a compilation of essays edited by Dr. Bradley that discuss issues facing the black community, including the black family, hip-hop, masculinity, and the prosperity gospel. To accomplish this, he brings together a team of pastors, scholars, and leaders in the black community.
In early February, Dr. Bradley flew out to Jackson, MS to launch the book in the oldest black church in Jackson, and the second oldest black church in Mississippi. Attending the event were civil-rights figures, including James Meredith, the first African-American to graduate from the University of Mississippi. At the event, Dr. Bradley told the Clarion Ledger that "the black church is perfectly positioned to regain her moral influence in shaping the virtues and morale of black communities for the common good."
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