The Human Idiot and the Superhuman Giant


Skepticism nags me whenever I watch a movie about a superhero protecting the city or read a novel about the life of generously unselfish person. On one hand, I love that these stories show forces of good combating and triumphing over the forces of evil. And yet, upon closing a book or leaving the movie theater, I wonder if any good was actually gained in the end. What if the hero failed in the end? Even if he or she does succeed, what will prevent a later disruption of the hard-earned peace? No hero, no matter how powerful, can last forever.

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The Primacy of Relationships

BY JOHN KNOX, CONTRIBUTING WRITER Graduating from Cal in 2013, I fell headfirst into the nonprofit consulting world like Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole. Thankfully, I felt confirmation that God was the one who gave me the gentle push in the first place. Yet as a newly minted business professional and a Christian young adult, my spirit longed to find business mindsets congruent with … Continue reading The Primacy of Relationships

Reimagining the “Christian Imagination”


If, by chance, you happen to have had a childhood like mine, you are likely no stranger to the dizzying heights of the Imagination. For children like us who had yet to solidify that strict, adult delineation between the Possible and the Impossible, it was all too easy to find ourselves overwhelmingly lost in the fantastic worlds of television, books, and our own creation. In our make-believe, play-pretend days, we had only to say it was so and, for us, it would be. Sticks became swords, floors turned to lava, toys came alive, and for those few passing moments nothing could rival that sheer sense of wonder. Because when we Imagined, we viewed and grasped that which was unseen; we entertained worlds other than our own. By the Imagination, dreams became reality. This was by no means a trivial ability.

But then we grew up, and between school, work, and all those other important responsibilities, there was little time to Imagine save for class-time daydreams that we knew to be more fantasy than reality; and really, that was the most important thing: being realistic. To some degree or another, we had already begun to tell ourselves that it was “childish” to let our Imaginations get the best of us. Because we knew that being a grown-up is realizing what is and what isn’t. It is knowing the difference between fact and fiction, and it is preferring the former. For we know that the things of the Imagination are false, and that, ultimately, the only useful, beneficial things are those that we can consider “Real”.

To us, this may seem rather obvious, but it is only obvious because we have already oriented so much of our behavior and mindset around this notion that something is valuable only to the degree that it serves our ends. All our decisions, goals, and values are based on preconceived ideas of what is and will be beneficial to us. When we become accustomed to looking at the world through this lens, self-benefit quickly becomes our only concern and, soon thereafter, the only thing we see. And so it is that when we speak of reality, we are, in actuality, referring to a “Reality” of our own creation, formed and featured around self-serving utility. In the margins of our collective myopia, there is little room for the Imagination or anything else that might contradict our “Reality’s” aims.

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Giving What is Right


Coming to Berkeley has been the toughest part of my young life. I say this, not because the rent is expensive, not because the academics are rigorous, and not because I am away from family, but because my biggest fight in Berkeley has been inward. Everyday is a to-do list. It becomes so easy to get caught up in my academics, extracurricular activities, and the like that I forget to call family, check up on friends, and more importantly, make time for God.

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Christianity, Conquistadors, & Identity


The story of one empire conquering another is not a new one. Even so, the conquest of indigenous peoples in Latin America–the Aztecs, the Mayas, the Incas, and so on, by the Spanish empire in the early 16th century is a ghost to Latin American people. One of the most highly problematic aspects of this conquest was the treatment of indigenous peoples who were forced to convert to Christianity through violent and dehumanizing tactics.

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