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Christianity, Economics And The Poor, Hannah Vanfossen May 2019

Christianity, Economics And The Poor, Hannah Vanfossen

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Christianity and economics are rarely seen as interconnected. When was the last time you heard a preacher talk about economic systems from the pulpit? Politics are seen as taboo to discuss in church, but I would argue that the topic of economics is even less approached, leading many Christians to believe that there is no relationship between their faith and the economy they participate in. The fact that Christians are not even considering how the economy is impacting the kingdom work they are striving to expand shows a deep disconnect between ‘church’ and ‘daily life.’ In addition, there seems to ...


Christian Moral Disengagement And Exclusion Of The Lgbtq+ Community, Charles Byrd May 2019

Christian Moral Disengagement And Exclusion Of The Lgbtq+ Community, Charles Byrd

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Christian Moral Disengagement and Exclusion of the LGBTQ+ Community Despite the overwhelming presence of evil in the world, it is incredibly rare to find people who will, in the moment, look at what they are doing and think that it is evil. Humans do not like to view themselves as evil, at least in ways that matter to them. In psychology, when there is a discrepancy between the way one sees themself and the way they think they ought to be, this is called dissonance. The discrepancy between evil’s presence in the world and people’s perceptions of the ...


Personal Reflection, Renee Benning Dec 2018

Personal Reflection, Renee Benning

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Though hesitant to admit it, I recognize that I have had a large number of negative personal experiences that others will never have that have shaped my worldview. I grew up in a strict, conservative household that assigned others value based on their book smarts and belief in scientific fact. My education consisted of homeschooling and a religious middle and high school, where we were taught the chewed-gum metaphor and that Satan planted dinosaur bones in the earth to trick us into believing that the earth was old. I have been in an abusive relationship, sexually assaulted and harassed, dealt ...


A Christian Defense For Free Markets, Dustin Peck Jan 2017

A Christian Defense For Free Markets, Dustin Peck

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Western Christians often struggle to determine what the relationship between capitalism and Christianity should be. Some argue that Christianity and capitalism are in opposition. Capitalism is notorious for its association with greed and the pursuit of self-interest, while Christianity is a religion focused on the giving of self to love and care for others.After all, Acts 2 depicts a very collective original Christian community with no sign of participation in market activities. “And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in ...


Like Father, Like Son? What Does It Mean For Jesus To Be The “Son Of God?”, Kelsey Kreider May 2014

Like Father, Like Son? What Does It Mean For Jesus To Be The “Son Of God?”, Kelsey Kreider

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

“Son of God” is an important title of Jesus for Christians. Throughout the history of Christianity, it has greatly influenced our theology and confessions. With this title comes many implications, the foremost of which are that Jesus was a preexistent, eternal, divine being who came to Earth to save humanity from its sin. He was the ultimate sacrifice, given because “God so loved the world” (New Revised Standard Version; John 3:16). “Son of God” denotes Jesus’ place as the second member of the Trinity, working alongside his Father and the Holy Spirit. In fact, confessing that Jesus is the ...


Trends In The Legal Persecution Of Christians And The Erosion Of American Religious Liberties, Christie Mcginley Jan 2010

Trends In The Legal Persecution Of Christians And The Erosion Of American Religious Liberties, Christie Mcginley

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Many Americans have been alarmed to hear about instances of the denial of certain religious freedoms to Christians, whether it is the disallowance of public prayer or the legal relegation of certain aspects of the Christian message to the category of “hate speech”. Christians stand accused of being bigoted, dangerous, unintelligent, and uninformed. Recent attacks through court actions and policies seeking to restrict or even punish Christians for exercising their traditionally protected liberties appear to be increasing in frequency and severity, often requiring Christians to take defensive legal measures of their own. The news is filled with stories of the ...