October 25, 2019

The October 18 edition of the Echo featured two op-ed pieces about Res Publica. One of these, authored by student Taylor Burns, was particularly critical of our site. We do appreciate Mr. Burns’ concerns regarding the health of the Taylor community. This is certainly a concern that we at Res Publica share, and we also appreciate his initiative in taking the time to write his piece and stimulate di...

September 25, 2019

As we resume posts for the 2019-20 academic year, we thought it would be a good idea to start with some affirmations regarding our community’s foundational beliefs and the importance of free and open dialogue that may appropriately take place within those parameters. As a Christian liberal arts college, after all, we unwaveringly affirm certain truths while at the same time openly engage any and a...

December 3, 2018

Generally speaking, we all value—or ought to value—diversity.  Be it ethnic, racial, linguistic, aesthetic, methodological, culinary, or human developmental (i.e., age), we know—or should know—that human diversity is a good thing for a community and a good thing for us as individuals to experience.  On this much, hopefully, we can agree.  And it is appropriate for any school, business, or organiza...

October 22, 2018

If you are a Christian concerned with social justice, here is a must-read text for you: Christian Faith and Social Justice: Five Views (Bloomsbury, 2014).  The book brings together five respected Christian scholars who present and debate rival perspectives on the issue in a dialogical format.  As is the standard approach with such multiple views books, each author contributes a foundational essay...

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Richard Smith
  TU Professor of Biblical Studies

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  TU Professor of Philosophy & Religion

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Zack Carter
  Assistant Professor of Communication

Stephen Hoffmann

  TU Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Ed Meadors

  TU Professor of Biblical Studies

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  TU Professor of Economics

Michael Smith

  TU Adjunct Professor of Philosophy & Humanities (retired)

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  Homemaker and Author

Drew Swing 
  TU Alumnus Philosophy/Pre-med

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  TU Professor of English

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