History’s Jesus: An Exploration of Historical Analysis
Scholars have developed a number of criteria to inform an accurate reconstruction of the historical Jesus. Among Ehrman’s preferred methods are independent attestation and the principle of dissimilarity.India Perdue | The Dartmouth Apologia | Fall 2017
Race and/or the Christian Identity?
All Christians share a place in the intersectionality of faith and race, but these identities need not be subject to an “either-or” debate.Abi Bernard | Cornell Claritas | Fall 2017
War and Peace in Christian Tradition
What are some wise insights and necessary points of reflection that we, Christian or not, should take heed of when confronted with violence, war and the question of justice?Erik Johnson | MIT et Spiritus | Fall 2016
Discerning Fact from Fiction: Christianity’s Middle Eastern Heritage
First, the Western-Christian imagination has in many ways hijacked the Jesus story, and changed it into a distinctly Western narrative that deviates from the history and truth of the real biblical setting.Sharidan Russell | The Dartmouth Apologia | Fall 2016
Examining the Synoptic Gospel Problem
Although the Synoptic problem is usually put forth as a primarily literary problem, more recent advances in our knowledge of oral traditions have made scholars start to shift the emphasis given to the role of oral memory and traditions in their views of the Synoptic overlaps and differences.Erik Johnson | MIT et Spiritus | Spring 2017
Chinese Traditions in a Christian Looking Glass
I thought Christianity was the same story spoken by a different tongue: if you want this, you do as I say, and then you will have it.Lina Tian | The Columbia Crown & Cross | Fall 2016
Demythologizing Protestant Christianity’s Relationship with Nazi Germany
It is important to realize that the racial anti-Semitism which characterized Nazi Germany was not an invention of the National Socialists, but rather a radicalization of many social and religious factors which predated Hitler’s rise to power.Rebecca Ito | The Wheaton Pub | Fall 2016
Who Are the Middle Eastern Christians?
Westerners’ broad concern for Middle Eastern Christians was and is well intentioned, but poorly informed, in part due to apathy and in part due to the lack of resources on the subject.Christian Šidák | The Harvard Ichthus | Fall 2016
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
The Gospel in the First Century
What I found in my studies and hope to summarize in this article is that a deeper understanding of the first-century Jewish world in which Jesus lived makes for a much richer appreciation of the good news that he proclaimed.Erik Johnson | MIT et Spiritus | Spring 2016
Review: Can We See Through Others’ Eyes?
I have noticed how little current scholarship in religious studies takes the perspective of religious practitioners into account.Jeff Cross | University of Minnesota Between Cities | Spring 2016
The Christian Faith
One way God manifests His nature in us is through our rationality.Irving Nestor | The Hopkins Dialectic | Spring 2016
Calling a New Humanity
What was it about Jesus that allowed him to bring Jews and Greeks together into “one new humanity?”Enoch Kuo | Princeton Revisions |
Jesus: Temple Revolutionary
The gospels’ Jesus was not a mystic or martyr in isolation from his time or culture as some have suggested, but rather a Temple revolutionary, whose Temple-centric characterization is consistent with the worldviews of 1st century Israel.Timothy Toh | The Dartmouth Apologia | Fall 2012
What is a “Christian” Social Ethics?
The communal nature of Jesus’ life and work must be considered when attempting to define the Christian character of a social ethic.Daniel Bell | The Yale Logos | Winter 2012
Love Thy Enemy
Are Christians merely ignoring the horrible things that the Boston bomber has done in praying for him? Is Rabbi Boteach right to claim that “[T]o show kindness to the murderer,” as the Christians are doing, “is to violate the victim yet again”?Enoch Kuo | Princeton Revisions |