BY STEPHANIE CHIAO AND WHITNEY MORET
It’s easy to circumscribe the relationship between God and Christians with abstract spirituality, to relegate it to a realm somewhere beyond. But when we say “Amen” and unclasp our folded hands, we open our eyes again to a broken world. Our most transcendent spiritual aspirations are mediated through the constraints of physical existence, membership in a world of sin, and the demands of the human body. Continue reading “Letter from the Editors”
BY JOHN MONTAGUE Dr. Karen Hye-cheon Kim wants her patients to know two things, “God cares about your health and we cannot be healthy by our own strength.” Kim, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, studies the relationship between religious beliefs and physical health, specifically obesity. She has also written articles about how faith can affect body image and mental … Continue reading Altar to a False Image
BY THESSALY ERESOS
If you grew up within an evangelical Christian community, chances are you were raised to have sex on the brain.
No, I’m not maintaining that Christians bring up their children to be oversexed, but rather that sexuality is a pivotal part of discourse within the church. The relentlessness of this discussion of sexuality is disturbing in many ways. It perpetuates the notion that our identity and our relationship with God is inextricably tied to what we do with our bodies. This kind of worldview is damaging and based on a distortion of the truth. Continue reading “The Dangers of Sex Talk”
BY WHITNEY MORET N ear the end of the Not For Sale Campaign’s recent Backyard Abolitionist Tour event, a young woman approached the campaign’s founder, David Batstone, for post-graduation guidance. Not For Sale is a movement directed toward fighting human trafficking, and Batstone’s inspiring talk encouraged students to use whatever skills they have to combat slavery. The woman expressed her struggle to find a way to … Continue reading Backyard Abolitionism
BY BRITTANY TYLER “ It’s going to offend you,” my mother predicted, after I told her my plans to attend a performance of The Vagina Monologues (VM). After the show, which I much enjoyed and appreciated, I remembered her comment. I wasn’t offended by the Monologues; if anything, I was a little offended that she thought I’d be offended. But I can’t really blame her. Stereotypes … Continue reading A Virgin’s Monologue
BY WHITNEY MORET According to the various online incarnations of the Myers-Briggs personality tests I’ve taken, I am a “rational.” This is good news, and I’d be disappointed if I were anything else. I mean, wouldn’t that make me irrational? I, being rational, use logic to make the means I use fit the ends I pursue. The irrational person, I reasoned, bypasses the whole “thinking” … Continue reading Reasons for Passion
BY LUE-YEE TSANG I’m ethnically Chinese, but not Taiwanese, nor mainland Chinese, nor assimilated American – I happen to be Cantonese with relatives mostly from Hong Kong. My concerns, then, are chiefly about neither Taiwan Straits issues nor the West’s interests. Given the prejudices on the field, I ask that the reader set aside for a moment what he believes that I think and ought … Continue reading Olympics, the Church & Critique
BY MATTHEW HORWITZ
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
— John 5:24, RSV
Can we, as followers of Christ, be certain of our salvation? Or, put another way, are we assured eternal life in heaven by virtue of our Christian faith? Continue reading “Do We Have Assurance?”
BY HYUN LEE
Suppose that in all history, there is only one sin to be forgiven. Does the forgiveness of this single sin require the death of God’s Son? Does he have to traverse the same difficult, bloody path up to Calvary? Even for a minor sin?
The answer is a resounding yes. St. Aquinas, the great medieval theologian, calls sin an infinite offense to God. Humans, who are finite, are unable to repay this infinite debt. Only Christ, who is both human and God, can repay it. Continue reading “The Gravity of Sin”
BY MELODY LIAO
My housemate, an adamant atheist, relentlessly searches for loopholes in Christianity but has never been able to convince me with his arguments. So it came as a shock two weeks ago when he formulated a thought experiment that shamelessly puts Christians on trial. It runs as follows: Continue reading “Thought Experiments & Snipers”