John Calvin and The Case for Refugees

// Noah Black

The term refugee, especially Syrian refugee, has evolved to become a societal buzzword beyond the point of being easily defined by those who use it. The West’s fascination with the concept spans politics, religion, economics, and culture. In Britain, many observers claim the desire to control the flow of people to and from the island helped usher in Brexit - the unglamorous departure of the United Kingdom from the European project.1  

The Caring Approach: A Review of Virtues in Modern Patient Care

// Tori Ranero

Compassion, sympathy and empathy are not just qualities that come to mind when someone describes his or her doctor, rather they are part of the very framework of the  healthcare profession. They define the identity of physicians and nurses, enabling us to literally trust them with our lives. But why do we attribute these qualities to healthcare professionals in the first place?

When Death Strikes at the “Happiest Campus in America"

// Kelly Hunt

When someone commits suicide, there are unanswered questions, hurt, and pain that can’t be resolved. There are family members pleading for answers they may never receive, and friends that blame themselves. Suicide is more than a tragedy. It is an unresolved question with no hope of an answer.

To Be Free Indeed: The Integration of Modern Psychology and the Philosophical Virtues

// Blake Tamez

The client, a middle-aged woman, sat across from her therapist, clearly uncomfortable with the idea that her every word and movement was being picked apart and analyzed by a man she had just met. The therapist was portrayed as a man consistent in his apparent sympathy for the woman in her current psychological distress.

Finding a Purpose in Love

// Sophie Druffner

What is my purpose? Just thinking of a larger point to my life makes that dull pain come back, the one between my eyes that feels like a physical mental block. This is a question that seems impossible to answer... “Oh, the places you’ll go,” seems laughable when one’s direction can be 360 degrees around them. I remember the glow I have seen in some students’ faces; they have known forever that they are meant to be a special education teacher, or a lawyer who combats systemic injustice, or an architect who designs buildings that reach to the sky.

The Keys to Happiness

// Trevor Hanken

History, literature, and the present day are filled with characters pursuing happiness or, as Aristotle calls it, a life of “eudaimonia.” But how does one achieve this ideal life? Each of us have our own values and thoughts that drive our actions regarding this question. Philosophies and worldviews similarly have values that create answers to this question. How effective are these answers, however?

Love and Sorrow: A Look at Twenty One Pilots’ Tear In My Heart

// Sophia Denney

The idea that suffering is necessary for love may seem wholly unusual. How could “a feeling of affection,” as love is frequently defined, include pain? A cursory Internet search of “love as emotion,” however, reveals rampant disagreement about the definition of love in English. While some tout love as no different than sadness, anger, joy or any other emotion, many scholars firmly establish love as “an act of will.”

Behind the Fogged Door: On Mental Illness vs. Sin

// Emily Grinstead

Imagine that you arrive at a friend’s house. The two of you are about to leave for dinner. He or she is running late but opens the door and invites you inside. You walk around and make yourself at home. You have been here many times before and casually observe the professionally taken family photos, children’s trophies and vacation memorabilia; all outward signs of a happy life.

Between the Lines of Your Chemistry Text

// Ray Lewis

God has everything to do with everything. As Christians, we seek to develop an acute understanding of how God has carefully shaped every aspect of existence. As the first chapter of John says, “All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.” Humans have created buildings, roads, and all sorts of technology, but all matter, creative enterprise, everything can be traced back to God. 

Hope in the Midst of Hurt

A Critique of "Between the World and Me" // Noah Black

Ta-Nehisi Coates has been labelled this generation’s flag bearer for social justice and chief warrior against anti-Black racism.  The son of a Black Panther and a teacher, Coates grew up on the precarious and unforgiving streets of a racially charged and crack-consumed neighbourhood of Baltimore, Maryland. Early on, he was exposed to the literature and writing that would eventually propel him to a national stage.

Unconditional Grace

How humanly forgiveness reveals God's grace // Tori Ranero

Forgiveness is difficult for everyone involved. Anger, disappointment, hurt and resentment strain the forgiver’s ability to move past committed wrongs. Those forgiven, knowing they caused the forgiver anger and hurt, feel guilty and undeserving.  Furthermore, when we witness another pardoned for an act we believe punishable, our jealousy and bitterness outrage us at the lack of justice; or in other words, a lack of retribution we secretly wish to see.

Finding Meaning in a Mysterious World

A Guide to Following the Religious Sense // Alex Wyvill

Why are we here?

Does my life have purpose?

Is my existence an accident?
These questions have haunted the human consciousness since there was such a thing as the human consciousness. 

America's Infatuation with Sport Heroes

// Jackson Davis

August 14th 1936, almost a year after the legislation of the Nuremberg Race Laws that set the legal framework for Jewish persecution, nine middle-class boys from the University of Washington sat anxiously in their boat on the Langer See towards the outskirts of Berlin. And just meters away, the prized German coxswain and his crew of eight lifted their arms in Hitlergruß to Adolf Hitler, with swastikas stapled to their chests.

Don't Pray for Humility*

*Unless you Have Nothing to Lose // Sophia Denney

Sometimes I wish I had never prayed for humility.  Humility is the virtue I forgot. Growing up a cradle Catholic, I knew I made mistakes.  I knew I didn't pray enough, and that I shouldn't have been rude to my little brother or made a joke about my teacher behind her back.  Regardless, I believed that at my core I was a good person.    

Blessed are the Poor

Debunking the Protestant Work Ethic // Roger Yu

Work hard, play harder. As the “happiest college students” in the nation, we certainly enjoy a lot of the latter. Nevertheless, work itself can also be a point of pride. It’s not uncommon to hear people boast, “I pulled two all-nighters last week!” or “I studied so hard I didn’t eat yesterday!”

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