Abstracts of 2013 Edition
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The debate between science and religion seems to be an eternal struggle, with evolution versus creationism serving as the current arena. With both sides often refusing to consider the other’s logic, it seems like the two are clearly incompatible. In addition to this, religions such as the Abrahamic faiths have also been locked in a theological feud for centuries. A possible solution to the problem may be reached when the three faiths realize that they spring from a common ancestor and may very well be the product of evolutionary forces themselves.
The dramas Faust: Part 1 and The Broken Pitcher both incorporate figures of deceit and temptation that, on the surface, display several vestiges of a typical Western Satan. The characters of Mephistopheles and Justice Adam in the respective plays are both presented in the context of biblical allegories and assigned various traits that cast them as devilish figures of pure malevolence. Through careful analysis, this paper examines the Satanic imagery around both characters to show that though both characters exhibit somewhat demonic traits, both are ambivalent, almost comic figures.
Capitalism: If History Has Taught U.S. Anything…
The manner in which a nation organizes its economic activities largely decides its fate. Here in the U.S., the economic pendulum swings across the spectrum of economic arrangement. This study examines the principles of socialism and capitalism and examines the nature of man in order to determine which is best. Before making recommendations for the future course of the American economy, we shall take a look back at Rome and how its economic policies played a role in its fate.
What is the proper response to the inequities we see all around us, especially in the developing world? Do we have a responsibility to directly intervene to alleviate suffering if we know that suffering is occurring? This essay tackles these questions and others as it explores the ethics of aid. By relating some of the author’s experiences last year in Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda, this essay hopes to challenge and inspire readers to reevaluate their understanding of ethics and rethink their approach to aid. While everyone’s response to international challenges and crises will be unique, a proper ethical framework ultimately refuses to accept a sidelined status quo, choosing instead to act with both pragmatic wisdom and compassionate urgency.