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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 (www.bealternative.org), 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.

September 6, 2013

Columbia Law School Alumna Founds E-Devotional

By Emily Belz, WORLD MagazineThe following story was reprinted with permission from WORLD Magazine (www.WorldMag.com).Bethany Jenkins, an effervescent 32-year-old with a face for television, in 2009 was finishing at Columbia Law School and preparing to take the bar. She had three job offers. A prestigious New York law firm wanted her.A federal judge offered her a clerkship. And MSNBC's Morning Joe, a top-rated cable news show, offered her a job as chief of staff. The recession was acute at the time, so one job offer was a luxury, let alone three. After a sleepless night, she turned all three down. Jenkins had decided instead to write a daily devotional. She passed the bar, but she prepared herself to work at a coffee shop."Am I crazy?" she asked a group of friends over lunch in Union Square the day after she turned down the jobs.

April 4, 2013

Ravi Zacharias Speaks before Capacity Crowd at Princeton University

A life without God is an existence without answers to some of its most penetrating questions and comfort for its most arduous challenges.Acclaimed author and broadcaster Ravi Zacharias shared those perspectives when the international minister appeared at Princeton University on April 4 at the invitation of eight campus organizations.In a lecture entitled, Why I Am Not an Atheist, Zacharias said atheism leaves its followers with no moral absolutes and scant hope.

November 13, 2012
Lessons from the 19th Century In the 19th century, a member of British parliament, William Wilberforce, came to the life-altering conviction that God had placed him in a position of influence for a reason. After decades of toil, God used Wilberforce and an influential network of Christian believers working with him, dubbed the Clapham Circle, to not only end slavery in the British empire, but also to usher in an era that honored

November 5, 2012

Your spiritual vitality is a matter of national importance.

That may sound dramatic, but consider the reality – our culture is shaped by the daily decisions of industry leaders who either embrace secular values outright, or by believers who may not know how to integrate their faith and their profession, and so tacitly promote secular values. Let's take stock: How well are you equipped to bring your Christian faith and values into your profession and spheres of influence?

October 24, 2012
Students Spend Summer with Ministry in Uganda Princeton students Blaire Bloxom '14 (below) and Amy Gonzalez '15 served with a humanitarian organization in Uganda this summer.A pair of underclassmen who participate in Princeton Faith and Action, a Christian leadership development ministry resourced by Christian Union, spent part of their summer serving with a ministry that targets villages in the eastern region of Uganda.

October 23, 2012

Harvard Student Damaris Taylor uses Talent Show to Shine the Spotlight on Christ

A founding member and active participant in Christian Union’s leadership development ministry at Harvard, Damaris Taylor ’12 has learned to leverage his gifts and leadership skills for Christ, including his tremendous gift of singing.  In fact, Damaris takes advantage of every opportunity to influence others for Christ. For two years, he has performed songs that express his faith in Jesus Christ during Harvard’s Night at the Apollo Talent Show. Taylor’s heartfelt worship stood in marked contrast to step teams, bands, and an oratory entitled “Love and Lust.”

October 17, 2012

Yale Basketball Players Launch TeamSober

Freshmen Javier Duren and Brandon Sherrod are each earning some playing time and averaging a couple points a game for the Yale Bulldogs on the basketball court. On campus, however, the two young men have already emerged as "game changers."Javier and Brandon are members of Yale Faith and Action: An Undergraduate Organization, Christian Union's leadership development ministry on campus. Their involvement with Yale Faith and Action (YFA) inspired them to launch a grassroots initiative

September 15, 2012

The Ivy League Christian Observer

Download past issues of the Ivy League Christian Observer below. Each of the below links will download the issue to your computer in the Adobe pdf file format.  Volume XII | Issue 4 | Fall 2013 Volume XII | Issue 3 | Summer 2013 Volume XII | Issue 2 | Spring 2013 Volume XII | Issue 1 | Winter 2013 Volume XI | Issue 4 | Fall 2012 Volume XI | Issue 3 | Summer 2012 Volume XI | Issue 2 | Spring 2012 Volume XI | Issue 1 | Winter 2012 Volume X | Issue 4 | Fall 2011 Volume X | Issue 3 | Summer 2011 Volume X | Issue 2 | Spring 2011 Volume X | Issue 1 | Winter 2011 Volume IX | Issue 4 | Fall 2010 Volume IX | Issue 3 | Summer 2010 Volume IX | Issue 2 | Spring 2010 Volume IX | Issue 1 | Winter 2010