Can We Say Anything About God? Mysticism and the Problem of Human Knowledge

Hannah Brown Dr. Steven Boyer is probably best known for his recent book The Mystery of God.1)1 This essay examines Dr. Boyer’s lecture entitled “Knowing the Unknowable,” which introduces the central argument of the book. Dr. Boyer presents a robust account of God’s mystery without arguing for the importance of mystical experiences for Christian faith. Boyer simultaneously …

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Turning Eyes and Temple Tables: Anger in Platonism and Christianity

Anna Danusiar In the Republic, Plato claims that a man’s thumotic anger “makes war against the desires,” and thus a man “reproaches himself and his spirit is roused against that in him which is doing the forcing,” namely, the misguided appetites.1)1 The appetites are that part of a man’s soul which draw him to certain desires …

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Language, Liberty, and George Orwell

Leah Beach At the time of the founding, we as an American people acknowledged a connection between language and liberty. The first amendment in our Bill of Rights protects our freedom of language. George Orwell is one author and essayist who wrote extensively on the subjects of language and liberty. In the following essay, it will …

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Communication of the Gospel in Acts

Mitchell Paul Stephens Introduction: The gospel has been presented in countless ways throughout the centuries. The proclamation of the gospel has been, is, and will be the turning point of lives, cultures, and histories. While the words we use change with every culture, it seems essential that the message stays the same. The gospel is …

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In Defense of Circles

Ryan Klein Introduction Ancient philosophy faces severe marginalization in the contemporary world, a trend which seems especially true for the philosophy of Aristotle. This is no surprise, for at its very core, Aristotle’s hermeneutical approach to reason fully opposes all that defines the still-popular modern foundationalism. Foundationalists want certain and undeniable epistemic foundations, and, as …

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Plato and the Negation of Women

Rebecca Herold In Plato’s Republic, Socrates, the ever-faithful mouthpiece of Plato, makes bold arguments to convince his friends that women should be educated and included in the political life of the guardian class. A preliminary investigation reveals what seems to be a radical position for someone like Plato, a rich and educated Athenian male. A cursory …

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Sacrifice in the Epistle to the Hebrews

Holly Renae Harrison Introduction Although there are a variety of metaphors used to interpret Christ’s atonement within the New Testament, a unique emphasis is placed on sacrificial imagery in the Epistle to the Hebrews which calls for careful consideration. Why does the author expend such effort detailing the sacrificial tradition found in the Hebrew Scriptures …

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Barth’s Church Dogmatics

Robert Elliot The preeminent Catholic theologian of the twentieth-century, Hans Urs von Balthasar, used to carry Volume I/I of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics with him wherever he went. Having immersed himself in the Church Dogmatics, Balthasar became a leading authority on Barth and heavily influenced Barth studies, especially with the publication of his book The Theology …

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In Defense of Belief

Jacob Nielsen Among the most perplexing occurrences that vex the agnostic and atheist mind is the utter unwillingness of Christians to give up their beliefs in light of the problem of evil. A supremely Good and all-powerful God supposedly governs the world; and yet the world is permeated with evil. Whatever the exact contours of the …

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Authenticity and Despair

Rebecca Burkholder In the introduction to his book, Meaning and Authenticity, Brian Braman recounts the question asked by radicals in the 1960s as they sought to overcome a sense of personal alienation—“What did it mean for them to be truly themselves, to be authentic?” He then observes, “This desire to be authentically one’s self has become …

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