Vanderbilt Synesis began in the fall of 2015 when a group of students felt called to bring Christian thought to Vanderbilt’s campus, just as member journals of the Augustine Collective have done at other colleges and universities.
They sought to write multidisciplinary articles that integrated faith and reason to demonstrate how the Christian faith can inform intellectual thought. With the help of university faculty and ministries, they published the journal’s first issue in the Spring of 2016 and have continued to publish one issue every semester. Each issue aims to engage students across campus to think through how the gospel is relevant to their academic explorations.
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Vanderbilt Synesis is a member of the Augustine Collective, a student-driven network of Christian journals on college campuses. Launched in 2010, Augustine Collective journals seek to reinvigorate thoughtful conversations about faith on campus by publishing student essays, reviews, art, and poetry inspired by the conviction that the Christian Gospel encompasses the whole of life itself.
Augustine Collective is a program of Veritas Forum, an international organization whose mission is to help students and faculty ask life’s hardest questions. Veritas places the historic Christian faith in dialogue with other beliefs and invites participants from all backgrounds to pursue Truth together. Since its start in 1992, over 200 universities in North America and Europe have hosted over 2,000 Forums.