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June 2017

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Coloring Book

Understanding God Through Modern Rap: Coloring Book

In this series we want to show that the increased tendency of modern rappers to reference Christian themes in their lyrics represents a desire to use the shared experience of African American Christianity as a vehicle to speak about contemporary life.

Damilare Aboaba, Gaired Jordan, and Emani Pollard | Cornell Claritas | Fall 2016
Obasi Shaw

Augustine Collective Alum Obasi Shaw ’17 Awarded Honors for Rap Thesis at Harvard

Entitled “Liminal Minds,” the album combines such influences as Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper and Geoffrey Chaucer to portray contemporary black life in America. Shaw is the first in Harvard's history to submit a rap album for the senior thesis project.

Augustine Collective News | Augustine Collective | Spring 2017
Reckless Faith

Reckless Faith: Pursuing God at Any Cost

During my final year at Middlebury, I was asked by Professor Gebarowski-Shafer to give a brief presentation on Pentecostalism in Korea and hold a question and answer session for her Global Pentecostalism class.

David Park | The Middlebury Vine | Fall 2016
Veritas Forum - Selfish Genes, Generous Soul?

Veritas Forum: Selfish Genes, Generous Soul?

Columbia Prof. Hughes then asked UNC Chapel Hill Prof. Sethupathy how there could be no evidence of God. The universe, to Hughes, didn’t seem to require a God.

Crystal Ren | The Columbia Crown & Cross | Fall 2015 (blog)
The Purpose of Prayer

The Purpose of Prayer: Secular Misconceptions and the Reality of Grace

Right off the bat, Jesus addresses God as “our Father.” This quickly establishes that prayer is relational, personal, and even familial.

Madeline Killen | The Dartmouth Apologia | Spring 2016

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Theology of Terrorism

Theology of Terrorism: Exploring the Roots of Religious Violence

Unfortunately, the question of what “terrorism” actually means is a surprisingly difficult one, considering its near-constant use by the media today.

Joshua Tseng-Tham | The Dartmouth Apologia | Fall 2016
In the Beginning

In the Beginning, [Insert Here] Created the Heavens and the Earth

In fact, as an important parallel, the vast majority of Christians in fields of theology have abandoned a literal interpretation of the Book of Revelation in favor of a more symbolic and poetic account.

Collin English | The Hopkins Dialectic | Fall 2016
Veritas Forum: Seeking Satisfaction

Veritas Forum: Satisfaction and the Good Life

In this particular Veritas Forum, Dr. Tim Keller, prolific Christian author and founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, represented the Christian faith, and Professor Mark Lilla, intellectual historian at Columbia University, represented a secular worldview.

Nathan Barlow | The Columbia Crown and Cross | Fall 2016 (blog)
Christianity and Culture

Christianity and Culture

How can I preserve my cultural heritage – steeped in ancestral worship, astrology, and polytheism – when it sometimes conflicts with my spiritual beliefs?

Emily Lau | The Columbia Crown & Cross | Spring 2016 (blog)
Prophecy, Progress, and Repentance

Prophecy, Progress, and Repentance: The Role of the Individual in Human History

Therefore, prophecy is primarily concerned with what may occur if the errant currents of the present are allowed to flow unaltered into the local or temporally proximal future.

Jake Casale | The Dartmouth Apologia | Spring 2016
The Manna of Human Rights

The Manna of Human Rights

As aforementioned, the lack of a solid foundation for human rights and dignity provides leeway for human rights violations and impunity for perpetrators of atrocities.

Aurora Ling | UC Berkeley TAUG | Fall 2016
Everything Under the Sun is Absurd

Everything Under the Sun is Absurd

Since July, I have been reading The Plague, by Albert Camus, alongside an older member of my home church. We discuss parts of the book through the lens of Christianity, and one topic which recurs over and over is the absurd.

Michael McGinnis | Cornell Claritas | Fall 2016
Augustine Collective Retreat 2017

Highlights from the Annual Retreat 2017

Over 140 students from 18 colleges attended to hear keynote speaker Andy Crouch (Editor of Christianity Today and bestselling author) discuss the opportunities their journals have to creature culture and speak to their campuses.

Augustine Collective | Augustine Collective | January 2017

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