Critical Reflection 3: the notion of discourse

5 03 2010

Elton John recently caused a stir amongst the Catholic Church and other Christian followers when he proclaimed that Jesus Christ was gay. He said, “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems” (AFP, 2010).

The Catholic Church responded by saying, “Jesus was certainly compassionate, but to say he was ‘super-intelligent’ is to compare the son of God to a successful game-show contestant […]More seriously, to call Jesus a homosexual is to label him a sexual deviant.” (AFP, 2010).

How do we know Jesus Christ was not a homosexual? And what gives the Church the power to respond to John’s statement with such assertion? Perhaps the better question might be: how have we come to know Jesus Christ was not a homosexual? And what processes shape(d) this understanding? …Keep reading after the jump


Critical Reflection 2: The Institution

14 02 2010

In an interview in 1980, Michel Foucault said: “the source of human freedom—is never to accept anything as definitive, untouchable, obvious, or immobile” (Bess, 1988:1), a remark that I feel resonates within Paulo Freire’s banking concept of education; one that asks us to consider how inactive our supposed active minds can be and brings into question the methods by which we are discouraged from thinking critically within an institutionalised setting… Keep reading after the jump

Critical Reflection 1: The notion of truth

2 02 2010

These initial weeks have indicated that the notion of truth is going to play a significant role in our definition of power. It became immediately apparent that the idea of truth is not about what is true so much as what is defined as true, how it is defined as true, and perhaps what is most important in our discussion on power and stratification, who defines truth. Who, in this case, need not be defined as one person; who represents a collective and the ways in which these ideas are propagated and sustained… Keep reading after the jump