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Recent Articles

The Case for a Case: Christian Apologetics in Perspective 

Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. 1 Peter 3:15Today’s church bears the burden of proof in establishing that it is, in fact, a place of rational thought. If this sounds...

Following the Greatest Commandments in the Post-Election Reality 

The day after the election, cheerless pallor spread across campus. And no, it was not merely the rainy weather. The gloom revealed many students’ reactions as they came to grips with the results of the election. Many, myself included, were astonished and disheartened that America could elect such...

The Burden of Forgiveness

Five weeks after the election, I embraced a friend who had broken down in tears speaking about Donald Trump, her family, the safety of her body and those of her loved ones.When I look back on this moment, I see in her sorrow the same despair that has plagued marginalized communities for far longer...

Trump's Image of Power

For a long time, I did not know how to approach writing this article. The election of Donald Trump was a significant event in American politics and, for many people, signified difficult truths about the American electorate. But I was unsure how to relate this event to a theological question. At...

Learning to find Community  

While community in its purest form can be a supportive lifeline, it can be hard to find, and even harder to maintain. At its root, a community is a group of people who come together in order to give something of themselves to the others. The process of creating a community, of going out, meeting...

First Steps

I went to the Christian club at my high school once. Seven a.m., the desks in a chemistry classroom rearranged in a ring. I walked in fifteen minutes late and surveyed the room full of popular kids, including the girl who’d later become our class president. All white. Almost immediately, the guy...

Vis-à-Vis 

Ironically, the day the United States presidential election results were announced, my cultural politics class for study abroad visited the Cité Nationale de l'Histoire de l'Immigration here in Paris. None of us could focus on the exhibition, and class was frequently punctuated with someone saying...

The Monster and the Divine 

What do Frankenstein and the 2016 election season have in common? Well, for one, they have each made their way into my Penn curriculum. As I was finishing up Shelley for class while mindlessly scrolling through my post-election News Feed (millennial multitasking at its finest), I began to see...

True Leadership and Unity: A Modern-Day Call to Action from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthian Church 

In a time like this, as a generally inflammatory businessman like Trump has unexpectedly been elected the next President of the United States, I think we, as Christians, are all asking ourselves, “How should the Church respond?” With all our differences in opinions regarding the candidates and...

Love Actually 

When I replay election night in my head, I feel like I’m reliving a bad dream - either that or a poorly produced reality television show. I remember sitting in the Harnwell Rooftop lounge, anxiously watching with my peers, and being pretty confident that Hillary Clinton would win. In my mind, I...

Getting Off Our Moral High Horses and Finding a Moral High Ground 

If evangelical Christian conservatives held a moral high ground before this election cycle, they may very well have lost it. I am a child of the Christian conservative movement. For years growing up, I heard calls to purity and obedience, honor and devotion. We—and I do mean “we,” because I was...

Divine Discipline

The article “Harlot’s Homecoming” addresses an apparent contradiction: how can God be filled with anger and be a loving father of His children? After all, the general belief of Christians is pretty clear: those who believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are saved while all others are...

Riff Wrath: Divine Wrath and Social Harm 

The presence of evil in a world governed by a just and merciful God poses a difficulty for Christianity. Thomas Aquinas had an answer: evil and suffering are “part of the infinite goodness of God, that he should allow evil to exist, and out of it produce good.”But the idea of a wrathful God, to me,...

Inside Out

Of all the Christian buzzwords, I think community is my favorite. I can definitely say I was created for community. I thrive when I feel at home in a tight-knit group, and I find it hard to change friends or let go of people once I’ve begun to care about them. In high school I was anything but...

On Puppies, Geometry, and Tax Collectors 

In his response article “Smiting Season,” Henrique argues that we can’t assign human anger to God because 1) God’s will has never been thwarted, and 2) God is outside of time and therefore cannot shift in time from wrath to forgiveness. As a result, we shouldn’t consider the emotions...

Smiting Season

After years of pondering, I recently decided to install a shrine to coffee in my kitchen. I had thought that pumping my reserves of ground and whole beans would be enough to carry me through most days. One or two cups for regular homework, a shot of espresso for Camus, a special blend for that last...

Doing Things the Hard Way

How can a God who sent his only son to save humanity from its sins[1] be the same God who sent a flood to exterminate all of the living creatures on the earth?[2] Understanding the multi-faceted nature of God is discussed by Michael Ruan in his article “A Harlot’s Homecoming.” Yet, this...

εὐαγγέλιον

The Greek word, εὐαγγέλιον, is coined “gospel” in the English language, and is defined as “good tidings.” In evangelical Christian circles, this gospel is often summed up by the frequently quoted John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him...

Whose Yoke? Liberty From Weariness of the Soul

Terms like workaholic, burnout, and care-giver fatigue find their way into our conversations with bothersome regularity these days. Far too many of us experience life as a pressure-cooker, both at work and at home. We have come to know a weariness that goes far deeper than the physical. It is...

A Harlot's Homecoming

“Hosea, I have instructions for you. I want you to go into the city to find a prostitute, whom you are to marry. She will conceive your offspring, and they shall be children of whoredom…” Hosea meanders into the local brothel, where he meets a woman named Gomer to take as his wife. It is...