Letter from the Editors

BY STEPHANIE CHIAO AND WHITNEY MORET

Dear Reader,

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”

Altar to a False Image

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 … Continue reading Altar to a False Image

The Dangers of Sex Talk

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”

Backyard Abolitionism

 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. … Continue reading Backyard Abolitionism

A Virgin’s Monologue

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 … Continue reading A Virgin’s Monologue

Reasons for Passion

 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 … Continue reading Reasons for Passion