November 28, 2008

            Christology as defined by The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church is “the study of the Person of Christ, and in particular of the union in Him of the Divine and human natures and of His significance for Christian faith.”[1] After the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, many heresies developed with regards to the combination of the divine and human natures of Christ.  The Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451 established the orthodox belief that Jesus Christ was both fully human and fully God.[2] But this begs the question: how can a person be fully human – complete with limitations and growth, both intellectually and physically – and fully God – omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and unchanging?  There are two basic viewpoints amongst Christians: the classic view that the existence of Christ as God-man is an unavoidable paradox, and the kenotic view that Christ gave up his divine attributes in order to become fully human.[2] Continue reading “Christology”


Approaching “The Anatomy of Dependence,” by Takeo Doi, To Understand Japan

November 18, 2008

In the book, The anatomy of dependence, Dr. Takeo Doi explains Japanese culture through the uniquely Japanese lens of amae. Though the term “amae” is peculiarly Japanese, Doi insists that it has international relevance, even expanding beyond the human race. He begins his exploration of amae with linguistic examples showing how the very idea of amae has permeated Japanese society. He then moves on to discuss the logical developments of amae, which leads, in turn, to the social and pathological implications that amae brings. Finally, Doi discusses amae in relation to modern Japan. Continue reading “Approaching “The Anatomy of Dependence,” by Takeo Doi, To Understand Japan”