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Alvin Plantinga's Problems with Materialism

Alvin Plantinga’s Problems with Materialism

Plant­inga decided to concentrate his intellectual efforts on engaging philosophical materialism - a philosophical viewpoint that often discredits religious reasoning before a discussion even begins.

Max Graham | The Yale Logos | Fall 2018
Pursuing Unity in Diversity

Pursuing Unity in Diversity

Instead of ignoring the reality of our physical differences and the history of oppression and racism caused by these differences, my hope is that awareness of our common misperceptions about race can be the first step in recognizing and understanding what racism itself is and how we can combat it.

Grace Liu | The Vanderbilt Synesis | Fall 2018
A Theology of Quantum Mechanics

A Theology of Quantum Mechanics

With a scientific mindset, it can be difficult to rationalize spiritual interfaces with physical reality. By the end of this article, we should have at least a framework of reason in which to approach these questions.

Ronald Davis III | MIT et Spiritus | Fall 2018
Positivism and the Burden of Proof

Positivism and the Burden of Proof

To distinguish scientific from non-scientific questions, positivists used the verifiability principle, on which a question could be considered scientific if and only if it could be verified empirically.

Will Vickery | The UT Austin Texas Trinitas | Fall 2018
Towards a Stained-Glass Home

Towards a Stained-Glass Home: Diaspora and the Goodness of WashU

I long for a true home where I can rest and belong in a deep, abiding way that enfolds and transcends all my identities, experiences, values, and relationships. I haven’t found that yet, but I long for it with all my heart.

Miles Woodhull | The WashU Kairos | Fall 2018
Prayer and the Brain

Prayer and the Brain: A Meta-Analysis of Neurological Activity During Christian Prayer

This review aims to converge the neurological and theological perspectives instead of using one to support or reject the oth­er and vice versa.

Julie Cho | Claremont hearhere | Fall 2018

November 2018

Identity-ing - Embracing Identity in Flux

Identity-ing: Embracing Identity in Flux

What do we do when we find - suddenly or gradually, in relatively trivial things like boba or in weightier things - that we are not who we used to be, or we are not who others think we are?

Liz Cooledge Jenkins | Stanford Vox Clara | Fall 2018
Millennialism and its Discontents

Millennialism and its Discontents: The Theology of American Foreign Policy from 1630-1789, Part 1

Millennialism—a Christian theological belief according to which scriptural prophecies can be deciphered to interpret the past, benchmark the present, and predict the future—remains one of the most underappreciated factors that has shaped American foreign policy.

Luke Dickens | The Dartmouth Apologia | Spring 2018
Laudato Si

Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis

The wide scope of topics that this document covers conveys the fact that we do not live in isolation; all of our actions subsequently influence others; environmentalism relates to the economy as much as it does to planting trees.

Anne Marie Crinnion | The Harvard Ichthus | Fall 2017
Aching Desires

Aching Desires

The more compelling idea is how closely together Augustine links a horrible act with good desires – desires for love, comfort, security, and justice.

David Bussell | UNC To the Well | Fall 2018
White as Snow: A Comparison of Two Prayers of Repentance

White as Snow: A Comparison of Two Prayers of Repentance

By examining two famous prayers of repentance, that of the fictional King Claudius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and that of the historical King David in Psalm 51, I hope to shed light on what repentance is and what it is not.

Paul Jeon | The Dartmouth Apologia | Spring 2018

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Against (Our Own) Heresies

Against (Our Own) Heresies

[Heresy] starts with a narrow selective reading of scripture that is then over-emphasized and serves as a tangential point for one’s own desires.

Erik Johnson | MIT et Spiritus | Spring 2018
An Interview with Jonathan Moo

An Interview with Jonathan Moo

"I think the reason Christians care for creation can be summarized by loving God and loving our neighbor, and in the process discovering who we were created to be."

Siobhan McDonough | The Harvard Ichthus | Fall 2017
Give Just A Thought

Give Just A Thought

But truthfully, one cannot be wholeheartedly empathetic without spending quality time with a person currently or formerly having experienced homelessness.

Jade Thompson | The Columbia Crown & Cross | Spring 2018
John Hendrix

An Interview with Illustrator, Author, and Professor, John Hendrix

"Looking at a lot of your art and illustration, sometimes your palette and creative choices can be a bit gruesome. What role does this play in your art, and do you think it comes from your faith or somewhere else?"

WashU Kairos Editorial Team | The WashU Kairos | Spring 2018
What Did Jesus Say About Ethnocentrism?

What Did Jesus Say About Ethnocentrism?

For brevity, I’ll also focus on only one component of racism, called ethnocentrism: the belief that one’s own ethnic culture is superior and/or favored by God.

Sam Elder | MIT et Spiritus | Spring 2018
Discovering God Plantinga and the Sensus Divinitatis

Discovering God: Plantinga and the Sensus Divinitatis

Reid argues that there are certain ideas, namely those which our nature leads us to believe, that we must accept as true. Those beliefs can be considered to be basic, the foundations of our further knowledge.

Jeffrey Poomkudy | The Dartmouth Apologia | Spring 2018
The Lovely Embrace of Pain

The Lovely Embrace of Pain

Another principle characteristic of Lucretius’ view is that it ultimately seeks painlessness. For this purpose, Lucretius urges isolation. However, there are two critical issues with this goal-orientation.

Jamie Har | Cornell Claritas | Fall 2017
Scientias Religionis

Scientias Religionis

In this article I hope to shed some light on those areas in which behavioral biology actually has a lot to say about the religious experience.

Hailey Reneau | The Harvard Ichthus | Fall 2017
Is Tolerance Enough?

Is Tolerance Enough?

As we look closer at the definition of “tolerance,” we begin to understand why it may be a rather imperfect word, inadequate to face the current climate.

Grace Liu | Vanderbilt Synesis | Spring 2018

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