Studying at an international university in Eastern Europe last year, I was caught completely unaware by something I had never before felt—a strong sensation that I needed to apologize for my nationality on behalf of my nation. The first time this happened, I was seated between students from Iraq and Afghanistan in a conflict studies course when the professor entered and asked the aggravatingly simple question: what is peace?
As a society, we have been practicing physical distancing and respecting stay-at-home orders for about a month and a half, and I have to admit, I have run out of ideas to keep myself busy during my time at home.
With the uncertainty of quarantine dictating our current social norms, a looming question many of us face going forward is this: how do we re-engage in society post-isolation with purpose and meaning?
Though college students are statistically among the least likely to die from COVID-19, we’ve all been affected by it in one way or another, such as dorm closures and online classes. Our commencement ceremonies have been pushed back to the fall, or even as far as May 2021. We’re entering a hurting job market and a bleeding economy. How can we turn this situation to our best advantage?
Set to be released in Summer 2020, this documentary film will tell the stories of three Christians searching for a better way to engage in contemporary politics and public life.
We’re hearing it all over the Internet right now, people suggesting that the elderly should die for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Russell Moore wrote for the New York Times, “We already are hearing talk about weighing the value of human life against the health of...
As this extreme Lenten season comes to a close, I have had numerous thoughts flitting about my mind on how the coalescing of Lent and the pandemic have shaped my understanding of technology and community. Below are two insights that I hope will form me far beyond this...
What makes a good president? With primary elections essentially over and November looming on the political horizon, this question is both too late and very timely. The same question was asked even before the creation of the executive office, and the answers proposed since that time are innumerable. Karl Rove, author and then-chief political advisor to the younger President Bush, delivered a lecture at the University of Utah in 2002 in which he identified a number of characteristics of “presidential greatness”—a clear vision with clear goals, “internal self-confidence,” and independence from opinion polls, to name a few.
In my previous blog post, I made the argument that a free market system relies on relationships of trust in order to coordinate the abilities of producers to serve the real needs and wants of consumers. However, there is a non-trivial sense in the American public today that even if free markets don’t depend on greed, there is still something wrong with our economic system. I believe one factor that contributes to this sentiment is the fact that social trust has been declining in America.