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August 2012

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Sacramental Complications: Sufjan Stevens’ “Casimir Pulaski Day”

Sufjan Stevens is adored by the indie music movement, which is often antiestablishment and anti-religious, yet his music honestly handles the grittiness of lived faith. “Casimir Pulaski Day” is the firsthand narration of the death of a loved one within a Christian community.

Tristan Macdonald | 5 College Slant | Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 2012
Rembrandt, Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law

Reflections on the Nature of Faith

Faith is unscientific (not anti-scientific) in the sense that much of the knowledge claimed by faith is beyond the scope of scientific inquiry. Christian faith seeks to obtain knowledge in the context of love and trust, not to function as a substitute for reason.

Henry Waller | Dartmouth Apologia | Spring 2012, Volume 6, Issue 2
Mustard Seed Faith

Mustard Seed Faith

Confirmation bias is a psychological phenomenon which describes our tendency to seek out information that confirms our opinions and beliefs while avoiding information that contradicts what we believe. I take a lot more time on each page when I’m reading C.S. Lewis compared to Richard Dawkins.

Andy Morgosh | The Williams Telos | Spring 2012
Recovering the Metaphysical Character of Truth

Recovering the Metaphysical Character of Truth

Since materialism, scientism, and relativism are popular positions in the academy today, many may not find Descartes’ legacy in these areas troubling. There exists, however, another, crucial error produced by Descartes’ philosophy that is obviously problematic, namely the artificiality of knowledge.

Chris Hauser | The Dartmouth Apologia | Spring 2012, Volume 6, Issue 2
In Praise of Wonder

In Praise of Wonder

To believe Jesus’s words seems to simultaneously require foolishness and faith. In novelist Ron Hansen’s Mariette in Ecstasy, it’s an old and learned priest who, when asked for his opinion on a miracle, smiles and says, “I don’t believe it’s possible. I do believe it happened.”

Inez Tan | The Williams Telos | Spring 2012
The Marriage of Justice and Mercy

The Marriage of Justice and Mercy

Christianity has seeming contradictions like a dog has fleas. This one consistently arises: how can a God of justice be, at the same time, a God of mercy? George MacDonald brings this contradiction to a point: “Those who say justice means the punishing of sin, and mercy the not punishing of sin, and attribute both to God, would make a schism in the very idea of God.”

Andrew Kim | Brown Cornerstone | Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 2012
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Athens, Amherst and Jerusalem

If it is true that reason and faith are inherently at odds, it seems strange that so much of the story of higher education in the west is essentially the story of Christians creating institutions for the rigorous study of philosophy, theology, and the humanities.

Prof. Craig Nicolson | Five College Slant | Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 2012

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