BY: NATALIE CHA
To an Unknown God is UC Berkeley’s first student-run Christian journal. Our mission is to create a space where Christians can share their thoughts on a variety of issues with the Berkeley community. Whether academic, fictional, testimonial, controversial, or encouraging, TAUG provides a forum where social, economic, political, intellectual, and spiritual issues can be discussed. Every semester we publish writing and artwork produced by students and others, hoping to foster dialogue between both Christians and students of other faiths and philosophies. We are not affiliated with any church or other religious group, and opinions expressed in articles and posts do not necessarily represent those of the editors.
The name of the journal is derived from Acts 17, when Paul is in Athens and notices an altar with an inscription, “To the unknown god.” In this city full of idols, Paul boldly speaks, “Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, him I proclaim to you.”1 He goes on to speak of “the God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth.”2
The Christian faith is that of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus became human by being born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit.3 He died on the cross and was raised from the dead.4 Since His resurrection He is seated at the right hand of God.5God provides salvation – eternal life and deliverance from spiritual death – for all who believe.
This journal was created to be a voice for Christians on UC Berkeley’s campus. The original Editors-in-Chief of the journal shared their initial vision in their inaugural Letter from the Editors:
“We believe the current state of the Christian community at Cal necessitates action on our part. A brief stay in Berkeley will reveal that the student population is fragmented. And in the student body, Christians, too, are inevitably affected, splintered off into their respective fellowships and churches; there exists no real and continual place for Christians from all the groups to come together and fellowship. We hardly know each other, let alone know the God we worship. We hope this journal, a forum for dialogue and discussion, will help remedy the problem.
Moreover, at a campus famed for its diversity and activism, it is unfortunate and shameful that Christians have not had the tenacity to make their presence known among the tumult of the crowds. Where every other group has a voice on campus, the Christian presence (if we can call it that) is noticeably silent. Whether it is to preach the gospel in love or to speak out against an injustice the love of the gospel should not tolerate, we have yet to find our voice. We hope that this journal will provide a suitable vehicle for the many protests, pleas, and concerns of those working within—and also examining from without—the Christian body.”
Ultimately, TAUG will gather the voices of Christians from different backgrounds, united by the truth they proclaim: Jesus Christ died and rose again for the redemption of their sins, bringing them from death to eternal life.
1 Acts 17:23 (ESV)
2Acts 17:24 (ESV)
3Matthew 1:23 (ESV);
Luke 1:31, 35 (ESV)
4Matthew 28:6 (ESV);
Luke 24:38 (ESV);
1 Cor. 6:14, 15:4 (ESV)
5Acts 1:9, 11, 2:33 (ESV);
Phil 2:9-11 (ESV);
Hebrews 1:3 (ESV)