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It’s Not Only the Theologians Who Oppose “Nature”

The president of the University of Iowa is in hot water over her recent hurtful and inflammatory comments. Her grossly outdated statement suggested that humans have something called a “nature” which directs their inclinations, and, further, she suggested that this nature might be impaired and inclined towards wrong-doing. See for yourself:

Mason told the university’s newspaper last week, “I’m not pleased that we have sexual assaults, obviously. The goal would be to end that, to never have another sexual assault. That`s probably not a realistic goal just given human nature, and that`s unfortunate.”

This set off quite the controversy. The article goes on to explain that the school board has been brought in to investigate the matter amid silent protests on campus. Mrs. Mason has apologized, held “listening sessions,” and begun to more seriously read Heidegger. The University, for its part, has agreed to add two more introductory classes in “relational ontology.”

By Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a Director for the Davenant Institute.