Table Talk


In this Table Talk, Tim Muehlhoff discusses the importance of perspective-taking. He explains the biblical foundation for it, as well as the need for it in our daily lives. He also goes over the value of cognitive complexity and how having multiple interpretations of an event/person is necessary in understanding another person’s perspective.

This Table Talk is from the Truth, Diversity, and Intellectual Freedom series.

In this Table Talk, Dave Horner discusses the ability to have diversity of thought within a faith-based institution. He explores different viewpoints on diversity of thought in universities, examining both their strengths and weaknesses. He then provides a final viewpoint that he believes allows diversity while allowing one to hold firm to their faith and convictions. This Table Talk is from the Truth, Diversity, and Intellectual Freedom series.

In this Table Talk, Greg Ganssle discusses the Jonathan Haidt’s lecture on the battle for the telos of the university between truth and social justice. He explains Haidt’s claims of telos imposing on each other, as well as provides an argument for how each of these telos are not in a battle, but actually all part of the same calling. This Table Talk is from the Truth, Diversity, and Intellectual Freedom series.

In this Table Talk, George Marsden, historian and author of The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, speaks about the relationship between faith and academics. He discusses the tension between education centers, particularly higher education, wanting to have a statement of faith and academic freedom. He also talks about the importance of the quality of Christian scholarship and how it is continuing to rise.

This Table Talk is from the Truth, Diversity, and Intellectual Freedom series.

While this video is not a Table Talk, it is one that we find deeply contributes to the discussion on Christianity and the Arts. In the fall of 2013, Trevor Hart was Biola’s Visionary-in-Residence and this video is from a President’s Luncheon with Trevor. In this video, Trevor discusses the importance of imagination in humanity and theology. God has made humans to be creative and imaginative, but how is this seen in one’s daily life? Furthermore, how does being imaginative affect one’s theology? Trevor examines these questions, and much more.

This video is under the Christianity and the Arts series.

Liz Hall and Erik Thoennes continue their discussion on incarnation and embodiment, examining what it means to be embodied beings.  What are the implications for being embodied beings? Liz and Erik also share the ways that embodiment should effect every aspect of a person’s life, from their bodily positions during worship to participation in the classroom.

This is the concluding session of the two-part discussion. It is from the Mind-Body Problem series.


Theological outline on the humanity of Christ: This outline includes the main material conveyed in Dr. Thoennes’ lecture. The version included here is much more complete than the outline handed out at the Table Talk lunch.

Baerveldt, C., & Voestermans, P.  (1998).  “The body as a selfing device: The case of anorexia nervosa.” In H. Stam (Ed.), (pp. 72-ff). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fredrickson, B. L., & Roberts, T. A.  (1997).  Objectification theory: Toward understanding women’s lived experiences and mental health risks.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 21, 173-206.

Fredrickson, B. L., Roberts, T. A., Noll, S. M., Quinn, D. M., & Twenge, J. M. (1998).  That swimsuit becomes you: Sex differences in self-objectification, restrained eating, and math performance.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 269-284.

Goleman, D. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ for Character, Health, and Lifelong Achievement. New York:  Bantam Books, 1995.

Hall, M. E. L.  (2010).  What are bodies for?:  An integrative examination of embodiment.  Christian Scholar’s Review, 39(2), 159-176.

Hall, M. E. L., & Thoennes, E.  (2006).  At home in our bodies:  Implications of the incarnation for embodiment.  Christian Scholars Review, 36(1), 29-46.

Madison, G. B. The Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1981.

Mellor, P.A., & Shilling, C. (1997). Re-forming the Body: Religion, Community and Modernity. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

In this Table Talk, Liz Hall and Erik Thoennes discuss the relationship between the incarnation and embodiment. Liz begins the discussion talking about the way bodies are viewed. How do society and culture affect how we view our bodies? Do these influences from society and culture negatively affect the actual design and workings of our bodies? Erik continues the conversation in his discussion of the true and complete embodiment of humanity in Christ.

This Table Talk is the first in a two-part discussion. It is from the Mind-Body Problem  series.

Dr. Nancy Duvall discusses the relationship between the mind and the brain.  Are they different or the same thing? Do they have the same function? She also examines neuroplasticity and the importance of experiences in defining the relationship between the mind and body.

Nancy’s has a list of suggested readings, as well as an outline of her presentation.

This Table Talk is from The Mind-Body Problem series.

Does the soul exist? Or are we just physical bodies? In this Table Talk, Doug Huffman argues for the existence of the soul. He presents seven different philosophies on the existence of the soul, with the philosophies ranging from one extreme to the other. In his presentation of the different views on the existence of the soul, Doug presents the shortcomings of each extreme view, argues for a middle ground philosophy, and presents ways for Christians to move forward in studying this subject.

Doug’s has a handout of his notes.

A helpful general bibliography of works addressing this issue has been provided by Doug Huffman:

Bibliography on Neuro-biology and the Soul

This Table Talk is from The Mind-Body Problem series.