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The Power of Neighborliness

Written By: Brian Phillips  |  Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2012

My students and I spend many hours wrestling with "big" questions; the types of questions sure to face anyone who reads great books or delves into the tales of times gone by.  We address large-scale issues that affect whole nations, civilizations, and cultures, as well as those that involve the individual; questions of war and government, human nature and the image of God.

Upon diving into big questions or problems, the general assumption is that we should be looking for big answers and solutions.  For example, when my students study the Bill of Rights and find, to their shock, that much of it has been either actively trampled or simply ignored, they invariably ask, "But, what can we do about it?"  Visions of protests dance in their heads.

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