Research Fellow: Neuroscience & the Soul

Jason Runyan

Associate Professor of Neuropsychology, Indiana Wesleyan University


Jason Runyan (D.Phil., Oxford University) is currently Associate Professor of Neuropsychology at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU). He received his Ph.D from Oxford University where his work focused on bringing an analytic method—within a Wittgensteinian tradition—to a philosophical examination of neuroscientific work on freewill. Since completing his doctoral work, Dr. Runyan has been pursuing interests concerning the relationship between subpersonal, neurophysiological activities and what we generally think is going on at the personal level; that is, what we think we do and experience.


Contributions by Jason Runyan

Jason Runyan

Dismantling Walls: How Humility and Love Help Us Make It to the Other Side

September 10, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Humble Pie: A Lesson from Lincoln

August 24, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Humility and the Vices of Pride

August 14, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Krista Tippett on Public Life, Social Humility, and the Religious Other

August 10, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Why Are You Angry?: Exploring the Deadly Sin of Wrath

August 7, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Krista Tippett on Humility, Mystery, and Self-Knowledge

July 29, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Introduction – Seeking Christian Wisdom for Life’s Big Questions (Season 1, Episode 1)

July 21, 2017

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Jason Runyan

The Gospel of Peace in a Divided Society

June 15, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Love & the American Political Landscape

June 15, 2017

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Jason Runyan

“I Could Be Wrong”: Exploring Humility on Social Media

June 15, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Eyes Forward, Looking Back: Learning Love and Humility from the Civil Rights Movement

June 15, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice, Love, and Humility in Troubled Times

June 15, 2017

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Jason Runyan

More of Thee and Less of Me

June 15, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Loving Me, Loving God

June 15, 2017

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Jason Runyan

I Hear You

June 15, 2017

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Jason Runyan

The Church and Incivility: What Happened to Honoring Everyone?

June 12, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Justice and Love: An Examination of Why They Are (Unfairly) Dissociated

June 12, 2017

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Jason Runyan

God Hates [Fill in the Blank] – Rich Mouw on Westboro Baptist Church

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Religion and Resilience

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Don’t Forget Lament

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

The Positive Purpose of Lament

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Love and Loss

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Is Suffering Compatible With Human Flourishing?

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

How Does Suffering Contribute To Flourishing?

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

What Is Suffering?

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

What If Suffering Had An On/Off Switch?

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

The Potential Of Meaning-Making In Suffering

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Growth Through Suffering

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

How to Deal With Suffering: Thought Process, Listening, and Meaning

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Saying Yes in the Face of Suffering

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

How Suffering Reveals Who We Are

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Art and the Experience of Suffering

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Hope, Suffering, & the Search for Good

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Suffering and the Meaning of Life (Full Conversation)

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Situating Love in a Complex World

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Love, Action, and the Temptation to Abstract

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Enemy Love: Mapping the Terrain

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Constructing Enemies: The Social Psychology of Violence

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Love Across the Lines: Navigating National Boundaries and Christian Allegiance

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Love & the Ethics of Formation

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Learning to Love: The Bible and Ethics in Conversation (Full Interview)

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Loving Yourself

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

How Does Studying Love Help Us Love?

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Resources for Growth in Love

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

How Can We Shape a More Loving Character?

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

How Can Love Arise from Unloving Circumstances?

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

How Our Faith Informs Love: Distinctly Christian Components of Love

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Love in Response to Brokenness

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Love in Human Perspective (Full Interview)

June 9, 2017

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Jason Runyan

No Room for Retribution: Enemy Love in the Ethics of Jesus

June 5, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Love As Care: A Brief Definition of Love

June 5, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Jesus’ Love Command and Shalom

June 5, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Loving Both the Victim and the Victimizer

June 5, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Justice and Love: Mending the Dichotomy

June 5, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Who is My Neighbor?

June 5, 2017

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Jason Runyan

The Gospel and Shalom: A Better Translation

June 5, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

June 5, 2017

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Jason Runyan

The Disappearance of Compromise: Wolterstorff on America’s Political Landscape

June 5, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Loving God and Loving Neighbor

June 5, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Responding to Injustice: Empathy and Overload

June 5, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Unity: The Hopeful Future of American Christianity

June 2, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Love Is (Not) All You Need

June 2, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Christian Political Life

June 2, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Habits and Formation in Brick-Laying and Theology

June 2, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Theology from the Bottom Up – Stanley Hauerwas’ Theological Method

June 2, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Social Practices of Ignoring and Acknowledging Suffering

June 2, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Knowing Ourselves by Our Love – Not Hate

June 2, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Strength in Weakness

June 2, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Presence and Silence: Lessons from Grief and Suffering

June 2, 2017

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Jason Runyan

The Extraordinary and Odd Adventure of Being a Christian

June 2, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Loving God: From Enemy to Friend

June 2, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Confrontation and the Path to Peace

June 2, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Love, Suffering, and Theology (Full Interview)

May 27, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Loving Justice with Nicholas Wolterstorff (Full Interview)

May 20, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Press Release: 2017-2018 Suffering & the Good Life Grant Recipients

May 15, 2017

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Jason Runyan

The Martial Art of Humility: Bruce Lee, Self-Negation, and Self-Defense

April 15, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Love & Marriage: He Said, She Said

February 13, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Facing Death: Cultural Denial and Christian Preparation

February 7, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Carried Away by Love: Rationalizing Lust with Transcendent Romance

February 6, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Vainglory: How to Share Your Virtue Without Showing Off

January 30, 2017

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Jason Runyan

For the Love of Me: Narcissus and the Curse of Beauty

January 23, 2017

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Jason Runyan

Mary’s Humble Estate: An Advent Reflection

December 15, 2016

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Jason Runyan

Downward Mobility: Jean Vanier and the Humility of the L’Arche Community Movement

November 1, 2016

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Jason Runyan

Proud to Be Humble: How Do Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Talk about Humility?

September 2, 2016

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Jason Runyan

Snobbery, Intellectual and Otherwise

August 1, 2016

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Jason Runyan

Angry Charity: Love and Hate in a Secular Society

July 11, 2016

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Jason Runyan

Kierkegaard on Living Life Forwards

June 13, 2016

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Jason Runyan

Love and Justice in Scripture

June 2, 2016

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Jason Runyan

The Lunatic We’ve Been Looking For?: Evaluating the Rhetoric of Donald Trump

May 26, 2016

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Jason Runyan

Love Has No Exception Clauses

May 19, 2016

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Jason Runyan

Love Kindness: Firm Center, Soft Edges

May 11, 2016

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Jason Runyan

The Failure of Christian Love in the Holocaust

May 4, 2016

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Jason Runyan

Learning to Love the Enemy

April 28, 2016

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Jason Runyan

Love, Justice, and Dead Man Walking

April 21, 2016

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Jason Runyan

Love, Peace, and the Way of the Cross

April 15, 2016

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Jason Runyan

Empathy, Anger, and the Righting of Injustice

April 11, 2016

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Jason Runyan

The Uninvited Christ: Thomas Merton on the Shock of Christmas and the Meaning of No Room at the Inn

December 31, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Christmas, Power, and Oppression

December 22, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Martin Buber: Healing the Wounds of Humanity

December 11, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Thomas Merton on Gratitude

November 25, 2015

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Jason Runyan

W. H. Auden: Love One Another or Die

November 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

The Spiritual Value of Psychology

November 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Rewiring the Brain for Happiness: The Neuroscience of Happiness, Part 2

November 2, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Overwhelmed by Greatness: The Psychological Significance of Awe in Christian Experience and Formation

October 26, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Purging the World of Evil: St. Thomas Aquinas on the Atoning Work of Christ

October 21, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Happiness on the Brain: The Neuroscience of Happiness, Part 1

October 21, 2015

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Jason Runyan

St. John of the Cross on Love

October 13, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Man as a God in Ruins: Theosis in the Christian Tradition

September 4, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Diversity, Disagreement, and Pluralism [Rick Warren]

September 3, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Jesus in a Material World: Is the Incarnation Possible If We Are Made of Meat?

August 28, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Defending Convictions with Gentleness and Respect

August 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

How to Be Humble in Crucial Conversations

August 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Civil Disagreement with the LGBTQ Community

August 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Seeking Truth and Civility in Mormon–Evangelical Dialogue

August 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

How (Not) to Wage War Over Ideas

August 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Was Jesus Civil? Yes and No – Richard Mouw on Biblical Civility

August 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Praying for the Moral & Religious Other

August 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Convicted Civility: A Conversation with Richard Mouw, Tim Muehlhoff, Tom Crisp, and Todd Pickett

August 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Where Did the Poor Go?: Who Are the Least of These in the Gospel of Matthew?

July 20, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Sacrificing Your Convictions to Be Civil?

July 3, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Cultivating Good Minds: Intellectual Virtue & Education (Full Interview)

July 3, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Virtues of Minds and Morals

July 3, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Curiosity: Virtue or Vice?

July 3, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Are Virtues Caught or Taught? Educating for Intellectual Virtue

July 3, 2015

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Jason Runyan

How to grow your intellectual character

July 3, 2015

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Jason Runyan

For Those Who Love Knowing, But Hate Learning

July 3, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Fighting the Fear of Failure: Engineering Success for Every Student

July 3, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Learning to Be a Civil Citizen

July 3, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Cultivating Good Minds: Education and Intellectual Character Formation

July 3, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Humble-Minded: St. Clement of Rome on Humble Leadership

June 21, 2015

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Jason Runyan

The Value of Disagreement: An Interview with Alissa Wilkinson

March 18, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Christena Cleveland – From Hostility to Humility to Healing

March 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Wisdom in the Midst of Disagreement

March 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Words Matter: Why I Sometimes Hate the Word “Hate”

March 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Living Words, Killing Words

March 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Case Closed or Mind Open?

March 9, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Tilting at Windmills: Civil Discourse According to The Newsroom

March 2, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Immortal Diamonds: An Interview with Richard Rohr (Part 1)

February 11, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Are You Intellectually Careful? 10 Tough Questions

January 27, 2015

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Jason Runyan

Be Very Careful: Intellectual Carefulness & American Civil Discourse

December 9, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Acknowledgement: To Listen Is to Love #Ferguson

December 2, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Snobbery (And How to Avoid It) [From the Table #11 / Robert C. Roberts]

November 20, 2014

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Jason Runyan

How Pastors Can Promote Conviction & Civility – Richard Mouw

October 25, 2014

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Jason Runyan

The Argument Culture: From the Table with Tim Muehlhoff —

October 8, 2014

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Jason Runyan

The Argument Culture [From the Table #10]

October 1, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Winners Never Quit (Except When They Do): Reflections on Intellectual Perseverance

September 29, 2014

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Jason Runyan

If You’re Stuck and Selfish, Try Solitude and Silence

September 26, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Are You Your True Self?

September 26, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Happiness Is Shallow [From the Table #2]

September 26, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Shopping for Church Like It’s a Car

September 26, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Crazy Busy? 3 Ways to Prevent Hurry & Worry

September 26, 2014

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Jason Runyan

What Are Intellectual Virtues?

September 25, 2014

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Dust Boy

September 23, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Are You Intellectually Humble? 13 Tough Questions

September 17, 2014

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Jason Runyan

We Know In Part: Debunking Myths About Intellectual Humility

September 15, 2014

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Cultivating Open-Mindedness [From the Table #9]

September 3, 2014

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Open-Mindedness: The Virtue Between Dogma and Doubt

September 1, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Humility and Religious Convictions

August 11, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Learning to Lament: Giving Voice to the Winter Christian Experience

May 19, 2014

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Jason Runyan

The Power of Social Media

May 15, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Is ‘Spiritual Formation’ More Cultural Than Theo-Anthropological?

May 10, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Kierkegaard on Human Spirituality

May 10, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Are We Free?

May 5, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Remembering Ash Wednesday // Dust No. 23

April 17, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Frame by Frame Through Holy Week // Dust No. 21

April 16, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Happiness vs. Blessedness

March 9, 2014

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Jason Runyan

The Happiest Place on Earth?

March 9, 2014

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Jason Runyan

Spiritual Emotions and Psychology

March 9, 2014

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Jason Runyan

The Challenge of Lent // Dust No. 1

March 5, 2014

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The freedom of being held accountable

January 31, 2014

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Jason Runyan

James Houston on The Rise, Decline, and Recovery of the Human Soul

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Past Watchful Dragons: Learning Spiritual Formation from C.S. Lewis

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

A Faith 3,000 miles wide, but 1 inch deep – James Houston and Bruce Hindmarsh

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Lord, Help Me to Forget Myself – James Houston and Bruce Hindmarsh on Self-Consciousness and Psychotherapy

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

The Glory of a Human Being Truly Alive – James Houston and Bruce Hindmarsh on Christian Psychology

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

I Contradict, Therefore I am – James Houston on Finding Stability and Balance through Dialogue

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Conversation with James Houston and Bruce Hindmarsh (Full Interview)

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Thriving Humans or Happy Pagans?: The Limits of Psychology – James Houston and Bruce Hindmarsh

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

The History of Spiritual Formation – James Houston and Bruce Hindmarsh

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Read Old Books, Be Counter-Cultural – James Houston and Bruce Hindmarsh

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

How to Pray Without Ceasing – James Houston and Bruce Hindmarsh

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Busyness is Moral Laziness – James Houston and Bruce Hindmarsh

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

It’s All About I, Individuation Instead of Individualism – James Houston on Making Spirituality Personal

November 25, 2013

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Jason Runyan

How Meditation and Monotasking Help Me Live More Mindfully

November 19, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Praying the Hours

October 17, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Eternity in Our Hearts

October 9, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Through a Mirror Neuron Darkly

September 30, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Can the Soul Interact with the Body?

August 19, 2013

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Jason Runyan

The Unbearable Embeddedness of Being: Toward a Post-Cartesian Psychotherapy

May 11, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Panel Discussion 4

May 11, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Neuroscience, Biological Death and Life Thereafter

January 15, 2013

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Jason Runyan

What Can Be Learned from Near-Death Experiences

January 15, 2013

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Jason Runyan

Christ-Shaped Philosophy

September 27, 2012

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Jason Runyan

Fides Quaerens Intellectum

May 19, 2012

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Jason Runyan

The Nature of Christian Scholarship

May 17, 2012

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Jason Runyan

Wolterstorff on Christian Scholarship

May 17, 2012

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Jason Runyan

Wolterstorff on Grounding Rights in the Golden Rule

May 17, 2012

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Jason Runyan

Christian Conduct in the Academic World

May 17, 2012

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Jason Runyan

Hunsinger Responds to Wolterstorff on Grounding Rights in the Golden Rule

May 17, 2012

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Jason Runyan

On Grounding Rights in the Golden Rule

May 17, 2012

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Jason Runyan

Hunsinger on Grounding Rights in the Golden Rule

May 17, 2012

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Jason Runyan

Justice vs. Charity

May 17, 2012

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Jason Runyan

The Rift Between Science and Theology

May 17, 2012

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Jason Runyan

Christian Standing in Public Academia

May 17, 2012

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Jason Runyan

Art and Aesthetics

February 13, 2012

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