Fall 2004 | Volume 1, Number 2

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The Underground Man, and How He Got There
Is God dead? If he is, can we live without him? Editor-in-Chief Jordan
Hylden attempts to wrestle with these difficult questions, looking at them
through the eyes of Dostoevsky's underground man.
by Jordan Hylden '06

The Preaching of the Passion: The Seven Last Words From the Cross
"Good Friday is meant to be an interruption," says the Rev. Prof. Peter J.
Gomes; a time to be spent in contemplation of our Savior. In this moving
sermon, preached at the Memorial Church on the Good Friday following the
Sept. 11th attacks, Rev. Gomes takes a long, hard look at who Jesus Christ
is, what he did for us on Good Friday, and what it means for us after
Easter morning.
by the Rev. Prof. Peter J. Gomes

Waiting on Tables and God's Calling
"What am I going to do with my life?" is a common refrain here on the
Harvard campus, where we overachievers seldom stop rushing after the best
law school, medical school, or investment bank. In this article, Mattie
Germer gives us a novel answer: "Slow down, pray, and wait for God."
by Mattie Germer '03


On Life and Stem Cells
Few issues in American politics today are more contentious than stem-cell research, and perhaps as a result, public debate has often been sadly counterproductive. Moving beyond the disinformation and shouting that unfortunately all too often passes for discussion, the Editors attempt to give stem-cell research a fair look from a Christian perspective.
by the Editors

Sins of Omission
Is God a Republican, a Democrat, or none of the above? More to the point, which political party best reflects the teachings of Christ? In this article, Benjamin and Heather Grizzle argue that God doesn't quite fit into either party, and assert that while we as Christians should not hesitate to cast our votes based on Christian principles, we should also be wary of attaching ourselves too firmly to any one political party.
by Benjamin and Heather Grizzle '03

Gays and God: What's at Stake for Conservatives
The Anglican Church is threatening to tear itself asunder over the issue of homosexuality. Why all the fuss? In this article, Jeff Dean points out what's at stake theologically for conservatives in this heated battle, arguing that there's much more to it than meets the eye.
by Jeffery David Dean '06


Jesus Walks With Me
It's not often that you hear hit rap songs about Jesus, but Kanye West managed to pull it off. Books and Arts Editor Jacob Bryant reviews his debut album, "The College Dropout," which proves to be stunningly hard to pin down. Amid its distinctly other-than-Christian elements, Bryant detects a refreshing honesty and openness about our need for faith.
by Jacob Bryant '07

Evolution Under the Microscope
Charles Darwin may not be canonized yet, but it's getting close. In this article, Chiduzie Madubata surveys those who are daring enough (or foolish enough) to criticize the venerable old Englishman, ranging from the Evolution-Is-The-Devil school of thought to those who criticize Darwinism on legitimate scientific grounds. Madubata reviews the arguments from respected scientists recently collected in a new book edited by Dr.
William Dembski, "Uncommon Dissent," and closes with some thoughts on the best way forward.
by Chiduzie Madubata '06

Somewhere East of Eden
Growing-up-with-existential-angst movies have been a dime-a-dozen ever since James Dean started the trend, but Michael Cover asserts that "Garden State" is a keeper. Calling the protagonist a "modern-day Odysseus," Cover relates how the film makes its case for the bleakness of our modern-day odyssey.
by Michael Cover '04

by Margaret Maloney '06

I Tire of Chasing Shadows
by Albert Hwang '08

By Michael Cover '04

Receiving the Kingdom of God
We are told by Christ to receive the kingdom of God like little children; in this article, Anna Bingham attempts to see God through the eyes of the youngest poor in rural Haiti. Having faith like a child, she says, means far more than we sometimes realize.
by Anna Bingham '06