• Insight Winter 2009
  • David Hulme, publisher of the quarterly journal Vision, holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on the Middle East. He has also studied theology, psychology and philosophy. 
     
    Writings by David Hulme include Apostles: First Followers and Their Faith (Vision Media Publishing, November 2010), as well as Gospels for the 21st Century (Vision Media Publishing 2010), Identity, Ideology and the Future of Jerusalem (Palgrave, 2006) and a chapter in What Makes Us Human? by Charles Pasternak (ed) (Oneworld 2007). Hulme is also president of Vision Media Productions and chairman of Vision.org Foundation.
     
  • David Hulme's Vision Blog

    Books From Vision

    Why Another Book About Jesus?
    Video interview with author David Hulme

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    Apostles by David Hulme


    Identity, Ideology and the Future of Jerusalem
    , by David Hulme:

    Future of Jerusalem
     

     


     

    What Makes Us Human  What Makes Us Human?
    Leading thinkers and scholars from around the world weigh in on this fascinating question in this book edited by Dr. Charles Pasternak.Vision publisher Dr. David Hulme also contributes an essay discussing the question in regard to religion.
     
     
     
      "Of particular value are the Introduction by Walter Bodmer (FRS) and rather to my surprise the contributions by the theologians Richard Harries and David Hulme.
     
      "Hulme in particular gave me an "eureka" moment by illuminating a connection between ancient Hebrew and Christian texts and our current scientific knowledge about our brains, to show how we have the capacity to change for the better by an act of will.
     
      "Unifying our scientific and religious world views is possibly the most important action we can take in managing the challenges of population growth and global degredation that we now face."
     
    —Ronald Horgan (Australia) 
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  • Featured Articles

    Insight: Civilization, Soil and Survival

    We know from the record of history that when civilizations do not respect their topsoil, they fail almost without exception.

    Insight: The Middle East and World War I

    Like so many problems in the Middle East, the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians has some of its roots in World War I.

    Insight: Ancient Cities, Lasting Truths

    Biblically, the setting and lessons of the seven church congregations to which John wrote deliver a powerful reminder that values are worth holding on to, and that compromise never brings lasting reward.

    Insight: The Chinese Century?

    Will the 21st century be Chinese? And if it is, what does that mean for China and for the rest of the world?

    Insight: Religion, North Korean Style

    It’s often noted that leaders make use of religion and its symbols and ceremonies to advance political agendas. Today, North Korea's Kim Il-sung's ruler cult, centered on the trinitarian belief of his devoutly Christian mother, is flourishing.

    Insight: The New Dark Age?

    The influence of the Bible on Western culture is well known though increasingly avoided.

    Insight: The Age of Anxiety

    There are answers to coping with anxiety and finding peace of mind. Trusting in God is the starting point.

    Insight: Charlemagne's Ghost

    When unity is challenged in Europe, the ghost of the medieval king Charlemagne often comes on the scene.

    Insight: Politics as Religion

    History shows that politics and religion have long been intertwined. From ancient empires to modern totalitarian and democratic governments, religious elements have been present in all the world’s political systems.

    Insight: No Such Thing As a Free Lunch

    Is anything really free? Whatever it is, it costs someone somewhere something. What does the Bible say about the subject of giving?

  • More from David Hulme

    Insight: The Middle East and World War I

    Like so many problems in the Middle East, the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians has some of its roots in World War I.

    Insight: Ancient Cities, Lasting Truths

    Biblically, the setting and lessons of the seven church congregations to which John wrote deliver a powerful reminder that values are worth holding on to, and that compromise never brings lasting reward.

    Insight: The Chinese Century?

    Will the 21st century be Chinese? And if it is, what does that mean for China and for the rest of the world?

    Insight: Religion, North Korean Style

    It’s often noted that leaders make use of religion and its symbols and ceremonies to advance political agendas. Today, North Korea's Kim Il-sung's ruler cult, centered on the trinitarian belief of his devoutly Christian mother, is flourishing.

    Insight: The New Dark Age?

    The influence of the Bible on Western culture is well known though increasingly avoided.

    Insight: The Age of Anxiety

    There are answers to coping with anxiety and finding peace of mind. Trusting in God is the starting point.

    Insight: Charlemagne's Ghost

    When unity is challenged in Europe, the ghost of the medieval king Charlemagne often comes on the scene.

    Insight: Politics as Religion

    History shows that politics and religion have long been intertwined. From ancient empires to modern totalitarian and democratic governments, religious elements have been present in all the world’s political systems.

    Insight: No Such Thing As a Free Lunch

    Is anything really free? Whatever it is, it costs someone somewhere something. What does the Bible say about the subject of giving?

    Fighting the Truce: Identities and the Israel-Hezbollah War(2)

    There are are already signs that the U.N.-brokered ceasefire agreement in Lebanon is beginning to unravel. Vision publisher David Hulme offers insight on what it will take to get at a lasting end to these continuing and deep rooted hostilities.

    Insight: Our Polluted Planet

    The whole planet is being assaulted by human beings and human activity, and environmental pollution is a serious concern.

    Insight: Technological Disconnect

    There’s surely no question that life has speeded up of late. Many of us are connected all the time, constantly attentive, always replying, never quiet. But is this helpful?

    Insight: The (Not So) Great Helmsman

    Mao’s Great Famine (2010) by historian Frank Dikötter chronicles the ghastly four-year period that resulted in the peacetime death of millions.

    Insight: Wanted: A New Type of Thinking

    It takes a real shock to the system to make us step back and ponder the state of things. We often just go on ignoring potential difficulties though we suspect or even know they exist.

    Insight: Hope and the Human Spirit

    The source we depend on for our overall direction tells us that the future of humanity is assured.

    Insight: Up in Arms

    Humanity has not yet beaten swords into plowshares. Though the East-West standoff ended in 1991, the peace dividend soon gave way to massive increases in military spending.

    Insight: What’s Behind the Curtain?

    Few have labored to fully understand the teachings and practice of the first followers in their first-century cultural setting and their deep connection to the Hebrew Scriptures. Thus there is a void in the existing literature. Apostles: First Followers and Their Faith helps establish the truth by viewing the lives of these individuals from a more accurate perspective.

    Insight: New Books From Vision

    Over the past decade in Vision we have published two series devoted to putting the entire New Testament before readers in a conversational way. These series on the Gospels and the apostles are now being published as full-length books in print and e-formats.

    Insight: A Sustaining Vision

    A recent trip to Africa emphasized the subtle interplay between giving and receiving. I was in Kenya visiting members of the Church of God around Lake Victoria and looking at the humanitarian projects Vision Foundation International (VFI) is developing there.

    Insight: Human Ecology

    Ecology has become a term that sets people at odds. It is often used synonymously with environmentalism, which itself has come to be a lightning rod. Surely there is nothing wrong in studying relations with and between living things that are part of the same household. But we should beware when politics or economic agendas invade such study.

    Insight: Is Democracy the Guarantee?

    Recent interviews in Europe for the upcoming Vision video based on the series Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion emphasized the disturbing truth that humanity has no sure protection against the rise of totalitarianism.

    Insight: Who Will Save Us?

    History teaches some sad lessons about leaders who answer the self-perceived call of destiny, abetted by publics overwhelmed by social, economic and political disorder.

    Insight: Worthwhile Writing

    For the past decade, Vision has published in print and on the Web a wide range of material on the key issues of our time.

    Insight: Writing About Prostitutes

    A recent article in the U.S. magazine Atlantic carried the headline “Is Pornography Adultery?” and noted that “it may be closer than you think.” Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that pornography is not a necessary evil. It’s just plain wrong.

    Insight: What We Watch

    Many people believe that we can watch anything and everything to no ill effect. But is this true?

    Insight: A Vision for Life

    Combining wisdom and overview in distant times, Solomon preserved the following proverb for posterity: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Yet even in this apparently straightforward quote about vision, all is not as it seems on the surface.

    Insight: Thy Kingdom Come . . .

    In his recent book, Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI sets out to distill the understanding he has come to after a lifelong theological study of Christianity’s central figure. Is his understanding consistent with the biblical record?

    Insight: Rediscovering the Language of Values

    A British acquaintance formerly in government recently observed that the world is lacking the language of values. He commented further on the need in his current profession for a revival of the terms of ethical discourse. He has been shocked at the inability of leaders of various kinds to apply such language to serious social problems.

    Insight: Sources of Knowledge

    How we come to know what we know is at the center of an often fierce battle being waged against religious belief. Several leading writers have recently authored books with the intent of showing that belief in God is irrational.

    Insight: Two Men, One City

    Two stories from the 1967 Six-Day War illustrate the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. They concern Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, and the former PLO president, Yasser Arafat in the first few days following the capture of Jersualem by the Israelis.

    Insight: Bringing Back Character

    It has become increasingly difficult to maintain individual standards of morality and character, and to teach our children why morality matters. This state of affairs has spawned great interest in "positive psychology," but whether this wave will provide what is necessary for change is another question. 

    Insight: The Way of Peace?

    Identity awareness means asking and answering the question, “Who am I?” But this is only the starting point in resolving intercommunal problems.

     

    Insight: A Different Species

    Asking what makes human beings unique brings to mind an interesting list of attributes and activities, both positive and negative. But what really makes us different from the other animals?

    David Hulme: Identity Ideology and the Future of Jerusalem

    For more than a hundred years, the tiny strip of land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River has been the subject of intense debate and bitter conflict, with one of the main focal points of the ongoing struggle being a single ancient city. Exploring the lives of fourteen key Palestinian and Jewish leaders, this fascinating study by Middle-East scholar David Hulme examines the roles of identity and ideology in the search for a resolution to the final-status issue of Jerusalem. The book will prove an important resource for scholars and students interested in the Arab-Israeli conflict, peace studies, and political psychology.

    Insight: Don't Worry, Be Happy

    Is it possible that achieving happiness could indeed be just that simple.

    Arab-Israeli conflict | The Israel-Lebanon Vortex

    The latest round of Middle East violence on the border between Israel and Lebanon is yet one more demonstration of the need for peace based on focused understanding and appreciation of the differences between the antagonists. What's at the heart of the problem and is peace achievable?

    Insight: Five Words

    The ability to focus beyond immediate circumstances is an elsuive gift. Both are aspects of good vision. But from where does this vision come?

    Insight: A Vision for the New Middle East?

    Shimon Peres continues to break the mold. In his own words he has shifted from being a “terrible hawk” to espousing the cause of peace. 

    Insight: Seeking Answers

    Solving humanity's most pressing problems lies in seeking moral and spiritual answers.

    Insight: Here's to Life

    This issue of Vision explores several facets of life's complexities, from genetics and the peril and promise of biotechnology, to the responsibility inherent in educating our children.

    Insight: What Kind of World Do We Want?

    What kind of world do we want? It's a question that's increasingly overshadowed by the reality that the individual feels powerless in the face of massive societal change. But are we the ones who will determine the future of humanity?

    Insight: The Unique Mind

    The human mind is not just the result of physicochemical reactions within the brain. There is a spirit in men and women that renders them human and unique. 

    Insight: Technology's Tower

    It seems that nothing is beyond our reach when it comes to conquering the physical world, but we're at a loss to deal with moral questions.

    Insight: Diseases of the Heart

    The heart is more than a muscular pumb that is sometimes diseased. We also speak of it as the seat of emotional well-being.

    Insight: The Cult of the Expert

    In this issue Vision explores the subjects of marriage, family and sex, and how they have been affected by flawed “expert” knowledge. 

    Insight: Turning Points

    September 11, 2001—"Nothing will ever be the same again."

    Insight: Learning to Lead

    Those who can set a Christlike example of humility, and yet tell the unvarnished truth in a genthe and kind way, are the leaders to follow.

    Insight: What Is Truth?

    What is truth? Can we really know for sure? In this issue we explore the subject of truth from several angles. 

    Insight: Who Will Save the Planet?

    In this issue of Vision we review some of the developing environmental and social threats and show the hope that lies beyond today's bad news. 

    Insight: Ideas, Truth and Freedom

    On the spiritual side of life there are many ideas with suspect origins. 

    Insight: Of Darkness and Light

    The issues of faith and reason, science and religion, underlie much of the current distress in the world. Yet they are not necessarily set in opposition to each other as many have supposed.

    Insight: Missing the Mark

    Knowing the difference between good and evil is one of the most important pieces of understanding we can have.

    Insight: Power Plays

    If what lies behind the purposes, goals and desire to control others is not right and good, human beings can do unspeakable evil to each other. 

    Insight: Who Am I? Who Should I Be?

    Meaningful change is achieved by personal action that arises from the self-directed will to do the right thing for the good of all. 

    Insight: Working for Balance

    When it comes to the kind of work that is spiritual in nature, engaged in for the sake of others or in obedience to the Creator, the Bible is filled with principle and practice. 

    Insight: Folly Marches On

    People will believe almost anything, it seems, despite the availability of credible and feasible alternatives. 

    Insight: No Questions Asked

    As human beings we want sure foundations for living and for teaching our children, not possibly weak footings of someone else's too often unproven ideas. 

    Insight: Right Use

    The world is drowning in information. Is it still possible to have effective and meaningful communication? We invite Vision readers to help us accomplish this goal.

    Insight: At First Glance

    Things are not always as they may first appear. It is easy to be taken in by outward appearances. 

    Insight: Opening Up the Lines

    The world is drowning in information. Is it still possible to have effective and meaningful communication? We invite Vision readers to help us accomplish this goal.

    Insight: Memory and Morality

    With the recent death in Vienna of Simon Wiesenthal, a voice has been stilled; a light has gone out.

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