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Christianity and the Secular Border Patrol

The Loss of Judeo-Christian Knowledge

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Edited By Barry Kanpol and Mary Poplin

Christianity and the Secular Border Patrol: The Loss of Judeo-Christian Knowledge centrally looks at how secular universities have dominated academic knowledge on the one hand and have also been a part of bias against Christian academics on the other. Authors generally ask for borders of understanding and collegial dialogue to bridge gaps of knowledge that exist because of this bias. Theoretical analysis and narratives from the field describe how overcoming extreme theoretical positions may allow for productive knowledge construction and a more harmonious relationship within the culture wars of our times, especially in higher education.

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4. Spiritual Microaggressions: Examining the Covert Messages Directed towards People of Faith (David R. Hodge)

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4.   Spiritual Microaggressions: Examining the Covert Messages Directed towards People of Faith

DAVID R. HODGE

Words can have a powerful impact on people (Young, Anderson, & Stewart, 2015). They can be used to purposefully belittle, harm, and marginalize. Language can have a pernicious effect even when the intentions are more salutary (Woodford, Howell, Kulick, & Silverschanz, 2013). In other words, the intentions of speakers do not necessarily determine the impact of the language. Even the language of well intentioned speakers can be hurtful in some circumstances.

This chapter focuses on one form of communication that has a negative impact on many people, namely spiritual microaggressions. The chapter begins by reviewing the concept of microaggressions and delineating the specific types of microaggressions that are commonly posited to exist. With this foundation in place, the topic of spiritual microaggressions is introduced along with a supporting conceptual framework to explain the existence of these aggressions in society.

A central feature of the chapter is the presentation of a taxonomy of spiritual microaggressions. This taxonomy implies that spiritual microaggressions can be classified into at least seven, relatively distinct, categories. Representative examples are provided to illustrate the types of messages that are associated with each category. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the harm engendered by spiritual microaggressions and offers some strategies for creating a more inclusive, civil society. ← 83 | 84 →

Understanding Microaggressions

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