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Fighting liturgy with liturgy : a study of the effects of liturgical catechesis on the civil religious formation of Army Ranger students.
(2023-12) Barnes, Dairus.; Wilhite, David E.; Truett Seminary; Baylor University. George W. Truett Seminary
This project studies the effects that historic Christian liturgical worship and liturgical catechesis has on the civil religious beliefs and dispositions of United States Army (USA) soldiers who are students at the USA Ranger School. Critical to this study is the understanding of religion not solely the relationship between a person or group and their deity. Rather, religion throughout is regarded as a cultural phenomenon centered around symbols that give meaning, unity, and order to a society. Religion, properly defined, cannot be separated from politics or economics, these domains are interlocking and interpenetrating categories. The theological foundation explores the rise and embodiment of American Civil Religion (ACR) through history as encapsulated in the American soldier. This thesis investigates the role of the soldier within ACR as its “G.I. Messiah” and how the citizen becomes the soldier through “thick” Army liturgies. The biblical foundation investigates the Revelation of Jesus according to John’s polemic toward Roman Civil Religion (RCR). This project relies upon “liturgical anthropology” as a foundation to understanding both civil religion, RCR and ACR, and the Revelation. The project tests the effects of liturgical worship, liturgical catechesis, and daily office prayers and reading on Army Ranger students through qualitative and quantitative research. Areas measured are patriotism, nationalism, ACR beliefs, and GI Messianism. This project measures the effect of corporate historic Christian liturgy and personal devotion, on the spiritual formation of soldiers. This project presents “a way” for Army chaplains to form their soldiers more into the likeness of Jesus and less in the likeness of the G.I. Messiah.
Drink Your Garlic Tea and Take Your ACE Inhibitors: Mexican-American Alternative Medicine and Texas Medical School Cultural Competency Programs
Martinez, Miranda; Hardin, Karol; Health Science Studies.; Baylor University.; Honors College - Honors Program
Current literature suggests that healthcare in the U.S. does not adequately address culture. This issue is important in border states such as Texas that have large populations of Spanish-speaking patients, yet Texas medical school training is insufficient for treating the growing Hispanic population. In particular, Texas medical schools are inadequately preparing students to provide culturally competent care to Hispanic patients. This lack of preparation often contributes to cultural and linguistic barriers between physicians and Hispanic patients. A physician’s lack of understanding about a patient’s cultural background can hinder the physician-patient relationship, thereby negatively affecting patient outcomes and adherence. Therefore, physicians should be taught common features of Hispanic cultures that impact healthcare, such as the use of complementary medicine, spiritual healing practices, undisclosed pharmaceutical use, and other cultural values pertaining to health. Through a review of sociological studies, medical school curricula, and historical records, this study argues that cultural competency holds a significant role in improving health equity for Hispanic patients. Recommendations are made for Texas medical school cultural competency programs to incorporate instruction on culture and require language components as an approach to more effectively teach students to provide culturally appropriate care.
Ambiguous Morality in the Human Condition as Reflected by Modern Villains from Popular Culture
McNeal, James; Kendrick, James; Business Fellows.; Baylor University.; Honors College - Honors Program
What makes morality and the question of right and wrong increasingly challenging to answer, and how does the recent trend of complex villains across various media reflect the state of morality? Through examining eight characters drawn from popular culture and analyzing their narratives and beliefs, their unique reflections of the human condition provide a basis for the human struggle between good and evil. Such a basis encompasses how individuals come to think about their actions and the actions of those around them in a way that expands the understanding of others. The narratives and beliefs of villains receive comparison with other, real-world examples across disciplines including, but not limited to, popular culture, philosophy, current events, and sociology. As each villain explored is expressly different, the implications and parallels derived from each are examined in ways that reflect their individuality. Analysis of each character’s actions and ideologies illustrates morality as a uniquely individual construct.
Self-Interest, Obligation, and Anxiety: Abortion Ethics in Colonial New England
Treat, Madelyn; Edwards, Elise; History.; Baylor University.; Honors College - Honors Program
This thesis considers how colonial Americans in late seventeenth and early eighteenth-century New England perceived and regulated abortion. After reviewing medical, legal, and religious texts from the time, I propose that colonial authorities generally did not view abortion as an issue, except when it was perceived as an attempt to hide sexual immorality. Even so, records of court cases involving abortion show that colonists hoped to keep instances of abortion from the attention of these authorities. This tension provides insight into colonial anxieties regarding self-interest, communal obligations, and sin.
Comparison of Narrative Discourse Production Using Correct Information Units (CIUs) in Individuals with Unilateral Brain Damage
Fisher, Hannah; Yoo, Hyunsoo; Communication Sciences and Disorders.; Baylor University.; Honors College - Honors Program
The aim of this study is to compare the narrative discourse production differences in adults with right hemisphere damage (RHD) and aphasia resulting from left hemisphere damage, using measures of CIUs (total # CIUs, CIUs/Minute, and %CIUs) to better understand the language difficulties experienced by individuals with unilateral brain damage on both the microlinguistic and macrolinguistic levels of discourse. We hypothesize that individuals with aphasia will perform lower on all measures of CIUs analyzed compared to individuals with RHD. To test this hypothesis, narrative discourse samples of 15 aphasic individuals and 15 individuals with RHD from the TalkBank Database were analyzed using CLAN. Results from this analysis show that individuals with aphasia performed lower on all measures of CIUs, indicating that their narrative discourse performance was poorer, less accurate, relevant, informative, and on topic, compared to the individuals with RHD.