TOBITS, WEALTH, FAITHFULNESS of God, SOCIAL status, and ASSET management
Scholars have interpreted Tobit as a paragon of piety in the Book of Tobit. A materialist reading of the tale, however, suggests that Tobit’s assets are what facilitates his religious devotion over the course of the story. In this way, the narrative establishes a rhetorical reality in which the persistence of faithfulness in exile is less a matter of resolve than the result of accumulated wealth, as well as economic systems, which make it possible to continue traditional practices while living in a foreign land. Where wealth proves most advantageous is in Tobit’s vision of the New Jerusalem. The affluent have maintained their conventional beliefs while in exile, and their wealth-enabled faithfulness forms a vetting process to determine inheritance rights in the New Jerusalem. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
FAITH, PRIMITIVE & early church, ca. 30-600, and SOCIAL norms
Evidence is marshalled for a recent 'external-relational shift' in scholarly understandings of pistis (traditionally translated 'faith') among New Testament scholars and historians of early Christianity and its social world. There is a movement away from predominantly personal existential accounts of pistis toward those that are relational and outwardly manifest. 'Faith' (pistis) is predominantly a way of life characterized by fidelity or loyalty which is outwardly expressed in relationships. Beyond the New Perspective on Paul, which is an obvious factor, four streams are feeding this shift: (1) the pistis Christou debate, (2) increased appreciation of ancient social and cultural norms, (3) advances in linguistics, and (4) an emphasis on the gospel as a royal proclamation. To show why the external-relational shift matters theologically, Paul's use of pistis in Romans 1 is explored along external-relational lines. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Christian Bioethics: Non-ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality. Aug2018, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p173-195. 23p.
EUTHANASIA and FAITHFULNESS of God
Paul Ramsey's ethics have been notable for the way he draws on the covenantal theology of Karl Barth for his own ethics. Specifically, Ramsey makes use of the concept of covenant in his landmark work on medical ethics, The Patient as Person. Covenant and the accompanying grammars of "care" and "faithfulness" are suffused throughout the book, but the theological foundations are mostly implicit with only a few indirect allusions in the preface. This paper aims to uncover and make explicit Ramsey's covenantal casuistry in The Patient as Person, with particular focus on the moral debate surrounding euthanasia. It is argued that Ramsey's normative claim that a Christian ethics grounded in covenantal theology "ought only to care for the dying" provides a persuasive moral paradigm for addressing the question of euthanasia in contradistinction to the current rights-based paradigms that encourage and justify the practice. Although Ramsey's account faces considerable cultural headwinds, his covenant paradigm provides a coherent and theologically robust account of fundamental Christian norms and could better situate and explain Christian moral commitments in the practice of medicine and other questions of public moral concern. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
We give a direct proof for the asymptotic faithfulness of the quantum SU(n) representations of the mapping class group using peak sections in Kodaira embedding. We give also estimates on the norm of the parallell transport of the projective connection on the Verlinde bundle. The faithfulness has been proved earlier by J. E. Andersen using Toeplitz operators on compact Kähler manifolds and by J. Marché and M. Narimannejad using skein theory. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
NETWORK hubs, DIRECTED acyclic graphs, RANDOM graphs, STRUCTURAL equation modeling, BIOLOGICAL systems, and LINEAR equations
We consider the task of estimating a high-dimensional directed acyclic graph, given observations from a linear structural equation model with arbitrary noise distribution. By exploiting properties of common random graphs, we develop a new algorithm that requires conditioning only on small sets of variables. The proposed algorithm, which is essentially a modified version of the PC-Algorithm, offers significant gains in both computational complexity and estimation accuracy. In particular, it results in more efficient and accurate estimation in large networks containing hub nodes, which are common in biological systems. We prove the consistency of the proposed algorithm, and show that it also requires a less stringent faithfulness assumption than the PC-Algorithm. Simulations in low and high-dimensional settings are used to illustrate these findings. An application to gene expression data suggests that the proposed algorithm can identify a greater number of clinically relevant genes than current methods. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
During the long history of the Vietnamese nation, three doctrines, i.e. Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, have gradually penetrated into the spiritual and cultural life of the Vietnamese people. Many ideological elements of these teachings have been progressively accepted and magnified by the feudal class of Vietnam. They entrenched in habits, psychology, rites, and customs in a revised form adapted to culture. The author analyzes the process of integration of Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and identifies its goals and objectives. The goals of religious syncretism (the integration of the above-mentioned religions) in the 16th-18th centuries were to solve the problem of satisfaction of spiritual needs and confirm the predominant position of Confucianism in ideology. At the same time, the issue of spiritual life and people mood was the new and pivotal point that determined syncretism in the period under review. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. Apr2017, Vol. 81 Issue 1/2, p7-29. 23p.
FAITHFULNESS of God, FAITH, BELIEF & doubt, COMMON good, and RELIGION
There was a time when Greco-Roman culture recognized faith as an indispensable social good. More recently, however, the value of faith has been called into question, particularly in connection with religious commitment. What, if anything, is valuable about faith-in the context of ordinary human relations or as a distinctive stance people might take in relation to God? I approach this question by examining the role that faith talk played both in ancient Jewish and Christian communities and in the larger Greco-Roman culture in which Christian faith talk evolved. I locate the value of faith and faithfulness in the context of relationships involving trust and loyalty and argue that what is most distinctively valuable about faith is the function it plays in sustaining relationships through various kinds of challenges, including through evidentially unfavorable circumstances and significant periods of doubt. In light of this discussion, I set out a view of relational faith and, taking Mother Teresa as an exemplar, argue for two further conclusions. First, faith can play the valuable role that it plays in sustaining relationships even without belief of the salient propositions. Second, in at least some circumstances, in order for faith to play this valuable role in a way that does not require epistemic opinions that fail to fit one's evidence, it is important that faith does not require such belief. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
2017 International Conference on Algorithms, Methodology, Models and Applications in Emerging Technologies (ICAMMAET) Algorithms, Methodology, Models and Applications in Emerging Technologies (ICAMMAET), 2017 International Conference on. :1-3 Feb, 2017
LITERATURE translations, CREATIVE writing, CULTURAL relativism, CULTURAL pluralism, and CHINESE prose literature
In the post-modern world where thinking of pluralism and relativism is prevalent (Honeysett 2002), fundamental values such as respect for life pertinent to the health and welfare of humanity should remain unchanged in order to preserve the culture from corrosion. In this paper, through examining creativity in translation and creative writing (Zawawy 2008; Perteghella and Loffredo 2006), macro- and micro- strategies of translating a Chinese prose into an English play will be discussed, with the aim to explore the notion, "creativity is culturally variable" (Carter 2016) in literary translation. I would concur with Ludwig Wittgenstein who stated, "ethics and aesthetics are one" (1961), and argue that genres and forms of expression might vary in cross-cultural translation, semantic content and message should still be unaltered. Literary translators can act as cultural mediators to advocate peace. So to "develop an understanding of translation strategies and of the vital role that creativity plays throughout the translation/interpreting process" (Levý in Beylard-Ozeroff, Králová and Moser-Mercer 1998) can help translators build bridges rather than promote violence, to foster diversity rather than divisiveness. As such, I would explore how a translator can translate cultures with respect, integrity and creativity in the midst of tensions, confrontations and conflicts due to misunderstandings linguistically and culturally. As Vezzaro (2010: 10) put it, "to come closer to feeling compassion, which is what writing and translating is ultimately all about." This will call for efforts to translate texts with faithfulness and the right degree of creativity (Grassilli 2014), making good decisions at individual levels and beyond. This will also require cultural understanding and collaboration at national and even international levels. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Human Behavior Development & Society. Mar2019, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p51-59. 9p.
CHRISTIAN life, JEWS, and FAITHFULNESS of God
The rising popularity of the prosperity gospel in many Christian circles tends to obscure the question of the reality of suffering in the Christian experience. Prosperity theologians claim that those who accept the Gospel will always experience affluent lives. The inconsistency between the prosperity theology and the presence of hardships in the Christian life calls for a reevaluation of the theme of suffering based on a biblical viewpoint. The suffering motif is deeply embedded in the Epsitle to the Hebrews. The book of Hebrews presupposes the reality of suffering and offers key answers on why Christians experience hardships in life, even though they are faithful to God. With this perspective in mind, this paper examines a major issue in the Epistle to the Hebrews: how does the book of Hebrews explain the presence and purpose of suffering in Christian life? Using a synthetic approach, this paper found that the presence of sufferings is an integral part of Christian life and in line with the divine plan. Sufferings function as prophylactic against spiritual laxness and apostasy, motivating believers for further endurance and faithfulness; they escalate anticipation of the promised eschatological reward. Thus, Christians should have a healthy and positive outlook in the midst of their suffering experiences. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]