The university increasingly teaches that ethnic, sexual and cultural
identities supercede--even trump--all other considerations. This
multicultural ideal, springing from a postmodern mindset, has even
challenged of our philosophy of knowing (epistemology): knowledge is seen
by many exclusively as group-specific, culturecentric phenomenon, leaving
no room for transcendant ideals that apply to all people of all cultures.
You have to be a group member to know.
How did American society change from the proverbial melting pot (where all
cultures supposedly blended into a new whole) to pluralism (which
maintained cultural distinctives, but remained responsible for the society
at large) to multiculturalism? What philosophical assumptions underpin
multiculturalism and what fruit are they bearing? Has political correctness
(the institutional and lingual outworking of multiculturalism's tenets)
become an emancipator or a jailkeeper? And finally, what is a Christian
response to multiculturalism? We touch on these issues in our special
—Leadership University Editor/Webmaster, Byron Barlowe
Indoctrination 101: Professor
lifts the veil on the radical takeover of
liberal arts classrooms and curriculum
An English professor blows the whistle on the invasion of the "soft"
disciplines by multicultural "barbarians" propounding "porno-Marxism." She
warns parents and students, offering some hope for change.
Jews in Multicultural America
Alan L. Mittleman
Where do the Jews fit into multicultural America? Where did they fit into
pluralistic America? Answering these questions involves distinguishing
between pluralism and multiculturalism as well as determining what it means
to move from one to the other. "A vacuum has sucked all the pieces of
stained glass out of the window of American pluralism. Multiculturalism is
the attempt to reassemble them without, as it were, a surrounding frame."
Academic icon exposed: But the academy rushes to her defense
Gene Edward Veith
When a Stanford grad student exposed the myths associated with 1992 Nobel
laureate Rigoberta Menchu's life story, he encountered an academic cadre
whose members villified him as "truthteller." It seems that one of
multiuculturalism's best examples needed preservation, no matter the
falsity of her claims.
Attention Must Be Paid
Edward T. Oakes
A review of Multiculturalism and "The Politics of Recognition." An Essay by
Charles Taylor with commentary by Amy Gutmann (Editor), Steven C.
Rockefeller, Michael Walzer, and Susan Wolf.
Christianity and Culture
The Christian is encouraged to become a transformer of culture as he seeks
to glorify God in all of life.
Richard J. Mouw
Richard J. Mouw, President of Fuller Theological Seminary, analyzes the
outworkings of postmodernity--in all its schizophrenia. Further, he relates
the confusion of today's culture to Babel, while pointing to Pentecost as a
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