Faculty and Student Blog


The editorial team of the WCIDJ along with WCIU faculty, students and guest bloggers regularly blog on key issues in international development, analyzing the spiritual, historical and other root causes of many problems around the world. This blog is intended to provide a space for continued dialogue about many of the issues that are discussed in the WCIDJ and its scholarly forum. Check here regularly for interesting posts, as well as information about upcoming issues and events in this field.

We welcome guest posts from students and experts in the field of international development! If you would like to contribute to the blog, email us.



Medical Doctor: I’m curious whether or not the Polio Global Eradication Initiative is something ISOD would support/encourage: http://polioeradication.org/news-post/circulating-vaccine-derived-poliovirus-type-2-confirmed-in-syria/?utm_source=Global+Health+NOW+Main+List&utm_campaign=15d9ecdf55-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8d0d062dbd-15d9ecdf55-8946

Biblical Scholar: This is certainly an example of active efforts to finish the eradication of a particular disease by going after its origins. It also demonstrates the deviousness of an enemy’s work—strains of viruses mutating in order to avoid eradication. My biblical studies of the Johannine Epistles, which were written in the same tradition as the Gospel of John, have led me to apply to disease issues the position taken in 1 John 5:19, that “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” I believe the free will choices of both humans and fallen angels are responsible for diseases such as polio.

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As a biochemical geneticist, I’m very interested in two recent reports about genetic research into the origins of autism. The first one comes through a professional email list, with permission from the sender to quote her in this blog. The second report is from Vox.com.

The medical community is getting closer and closer to finally zeroing in on the cause. One of the most promising areas of research on the disorder is about recent advances in grasping how particular genetic mutations change the biology of the brain in ways that cause autism symptoms.

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Announcement on Monday, May 18, 2015:
Phyto-BioActive Food Pyramid app
Now In Prototype Form: Phyto-bioactive Food Pyramid App
This prototype was first discussed in the following article in William Carey International Development Journal, Fall 2014 (Oct):
and a Poster presentation at Texas A&M in Feb. 2014

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We need to be very careful about what we become convinced is the truth of a subject of interest to us. What we buy into must be proven and valid, not anecdotal.

The whole point of getting to the root causes of disease is to prevent them from happening at all, like scurvy or death in childbirth due to unwashed hands of doctors. Most of these insights have not come from the mainstream in any generation, unfortunately. 

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After the Messiah came, and dealt with the heaped up sin of the world, thus “destroying,” or “undoing” the works of the devil (1 John 3:8), creation was still left groaning under the burden of what Satan had done to it. Just as God subjected the people of Israel to the frustration of knowing what is right (through the Law) and not being able to fulfill it, so creation has been subjected to the frustration of “knowing” what it is meant to be and not being able to be that. The author of First John envisions the world as being in need of rescue from the hold the evil one has upon it: “the whole world lies in the [power of] the evil one” (1 John 5:19). He seems to allude (in 1 John 2:13, 14) to the need for strong champions, in the tradition of Heracles, to overcome evil wherever it is found and contribute toward the final cosmic overthrow of Satan.

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The need for international development exists because societies and their land are in chaos to one degree or another. In Isaiah 32 societal chaos is being overcome by the intervention of God’s Spirit. In this chapter we see a metaphorical image of the consequences for societies whose people practice ungodliness, who use wicked schemes to leave the hungry empty, and who destroy the poor with their lies: “The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted; citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever” (Isa. 32:14). Destruction and desolation are inherent in a person or society rebelling against God.

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Call for Papers

Mar 02, 2016

William Carey International Development Journal invites scholarly papers on the theme “Children and International Development” for its Spring 2016 issue. William Carey International Development Journal is the bi-annual online journal from William Carey International University, devoted to interdisciplinary research focused identifying and addressing on the historical, cultural, and spiritual roots of human problems around the world.

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By Mark Mihalyov, WCIU MA Student

The rise of radical Islamic terrorism has destroyed communities and displaced millions of people. These people are now cut off from that which is familiar and formed the fabric and foundation of society for them. Their entrance into the world of other cultures has brought a significant measure of (misplaced?) fear and hysteria. Ironically, the “Christian” culture they are now exposed to is in many ways reminiscent of that of the middle ages; more focused on forms and traditions than on power and passion for missionary service.

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