Ideas and Creations

Guy Nave

Guy Nave

Guy Nave, professor of religion, has been part of the Religion Department faculty since 2001, focusing on the topics of Christianity, biblical studies, religion and social justice, the social construction of religious meaning, and race-religion-and-politics. Professor Nave is currently researching the power, politics and meaning behind the rhetoric of "change," as well as the role of Christianity in bringing about social "change." In addition to writing for Luther College's Ideas and Creations blog, Nave is the founder of the online social media platform Clamoring for Change and is a guest contributor to a number of online sites, including Sojourners Commentary blog series.

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Moving Beyond King's Dream

Prof. Nave takes a moment on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to encourage people to challenge the "giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism," King addressed during his "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" speech.

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De-romanticizing oppression

Professor Nave uses modern day references (a statement from Betsy DeVos and the film "Hidden Figures") to challenge us to dismantle racist practices and wipe away the romanticized delusion of the past to make America and the world great.

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Justice is not a zero-sum game

Guy Nave explains the "zero-sum fallacy"—the belief that all resources are fixed and limited, therefore, one person's gain is always another person's loss, and how when it comes to justice... more justice for one, is more justice for all.

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Make America Great AGAIN?

In response to Donald Trump's presidential campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," Professor Guy Nave asks at what point during America's 250-year history of slavery, lynching, Jim Crow, segregation, anti-Civil Rights violence and other sundry forms of racialized violence and discrimination was America "great."

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Ferguson: A question of excessive force

Guy Nave, Luther professor of religion, asks the hard questions regarding the Nov. 24 Ferguson shooting announcement. When is "by any means necessary" appropriate? Is it ever? What exactly qualifies as "excessive force"? How do these questions relate to being a professor at a liberal arts college?

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Justice... not 'just us'

It's time to advance justice rather than situations of "just us." Guy Nave, Luther professor of religion, and his class wrestle with the idea of God as one who works from the bottom-up on behalf of many rather than one who works from the top-down on behalf of a few.

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What do our beliefs say about us?

Guy Nave, Luther College associate professor of religion, highlights the socially constructed nature of beliefs and belief systems, and how they say far more about us than they do about the "gods" we claim to accept or reject.

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What good is a Ph.D. for reading the Bible?

Guy Nave, associate professor of religion, reminds readers that while they do not need a Ph.D. to read the Bible, there are benefits from the academic study of the Bible. He says one important benefit is recognizing there is not only one way to think about the divine.

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