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Summer 2013

Ivy League Christian Observer

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October 15, 2013

Students Serve ... and Learn

About 70 students from top-tier universities gathered in Manhattan to participate in Christian Union's fourth spring-break trip for undergraduates involved in affiliated Christian leadership development ministries.

The trip offered seven major service projects, including three focused on relief efforts in hurricane-battered Rockaway Beach and one providing crisis pregnancy intervention and support.

"The students really appreciated opportunities to serve," said Teal McGarvey, a ministry fellow at Harvard University. "A lot of these students 

October 8, 2013

October 17-19

Event details and registration at www.lifeandtruth2013.com

A student organization at Yale hopes to make a big statement this fall with its conference, Vita et Veritas 2013: Promoting a Culture of Life and Truth.

Hosted by Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) from October 17-19, Vita et Veritas will welcome students from the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.

October 4, 2013

Princeton Relay Team Wins Indoor Championship

When the men's distance medley relay team from Princeton University won a national title at the NCAA indoor track and field meet, the victory was sweet, especially for Princeton Faith and Action (www.pfanda.com).

Three of the four members participate in the leadership development ministry supported and resourced by Christian Union.

October 4, 2013

Debate at Columbia University Features Apologist and Atheist

Belief in a supreme deity provides a solid foundation for embracing morality.

Atheists, however, are only left with matter, energy, and the space-time continuum. Such elements are simply not enough to explain the existence of morality – or provide a basis for divine skeptics to claim atheism is compatible with the principles of objective morals.

Those were some of the key points from David Wood when the Christian apologist debated atheist Kile Jones May 6 at Columbia University. The debate was entitled, "Good without God: Is God Necessary for Morality?"

October 4, 2013

Dr. Ben Carson Says Political Correctness Is Damaging the United States

From low-income underachiever to prominent neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson personifies the American dream. However, in his latest book, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, Carson, Yale '73, warns readers that the dream could become mere fantasy if freedom of speech is silenced by political correctness and the nation loses sight of the values, freedoms, and faith upon which it was founded.

October 4, 2013

Authors Tell Students to Defend Liberty, Speak the Truth in Love

In speeches during the spring semester, writers R.R. Reno, Yale PhD '90, and Eric Metaxas, Yale '84, exhorted college students and the nation to be aware of the growing sentiment against religious freedom.

"We're in the midst of climate change—one that's getting colder and colder toward religion," said Reno when he addressed students at Hillsdale College in Michigan.

October 4, 2013

Columbia Alumnae Document How Promiscuity Hurts Young People

Casual sexual contact poses a substantial threat to the psychological well-being of young individuals.

October 4, 2013

New Organization Offers Alternative to Hookup Culture at Princeton

A new student organization is spotlighting the dangers associated with the hookup culture that dominates Princeton University's social scene and offering counter-cultural alternatives.

During the spring semester, the university recognized The Alternative (antibiotics-antibacterials.net), which exists to expose the harmful realities of the hookup culture and encourage students to pursue an alternative lifestyle, reducing the social acceptability of promiscuous behavior.

October 1, 2013

Brown Survey Examines Students' Faith, or Lack of It

Almost half of surveyed Brown University students arrived without practicing a religion and remain faithless on campus, according to a recent poll by The Brown Daily Herald.

September 26, 2013

George Whitefield Influenced Founding of Penn, Princeton, Dartmouth

Nearly 300 years ago, George Whitefield was born in Gloucester near the mighty River Severn and the historic docks that serve as links to England's navigational legacy.

Just as the fast-flowing River Severn is famed as the longest waterway in the United Kingdom, one of its sons also is remembered for charting a far-reaching course that shaped the rich spiritual heritage of both the New and Old Worlds.