Hello readers, editors, and authors,
As many of you know, Axis Mundi has had some significant technological difficulties the last few months which required a complete overhaul of the website. While we were doing all of that behind-the-scenes work, we also decided to make a few design changes as well, which we hope you'll enjoy.
I'd especially like to thank Oksana Cheypesh, our webmaster, and Ramal Kanaweera, team lead of the University of Alberta Arts Resources Centre, for helping get things back up and running again. And I to apologize to anyone who was inconvenienced by our rather prolonged absence. Thank you for your patience.
Added July 27, 2013
Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
La Mirada, California
Malachi’s prophetic voice continues to speak
today through its interpreters. This article considers two of Malachi’s
oracles, namely the pronouncement against divorce (Mal 2:10-17) and a call to
faithful temple tithing (Mal.3:8-12) citing some of their contemporary and
popular interpretations. It notes major themes that run through the book,
highlighting key cultural and historical realities of Malachi’s day and its
context of corporate unity. It demonstrates how differently Malachi can be
understood by ignoring or utilizing the interpretive framework of historical, cultural
and religious backgrounds.
Added July 18, 2013
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Western Kentucky University
2nd Year, MA Religious Studies
Similar Differences: A Compatibilist View of the Common Core Debate in the Study of Mystical ExperienceWill D. Simpson
The study of mystical experiences is an endeavor that has been approached in many ways. One unresolved issue in this area of study is whether or not there is a particular type of experience underlying the traditionally religious interpretations, which can be termed “mystical.” In this paper, the author posits that some of the foundational claims of the common core view and the social constructivist view of the nature of such experiences, respectively, are not completely incompatible. Rather, the two approaches may converge with regard to the cognitive foundations of cross-culturally accessible anomalous experiences.