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Review: “The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice”

Review: “The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice”

Ryan Mancini

September 12, 2016

Last week Mother Teresa was canonized by the Catholic Church, making her a saint. She was known to many for having lived a life dedicated to stopping poverty and recognized for being charitable. The late British journalist and author Christopher Hitchens, however, saw Mother Teresa differently. Her...

Student detained after trying to kiss demonstrator

Student detained after trying to kiss demonstrator

Leni Maiai

November 9, 2015

A student was detained at Sierra Quad after he tried to kiss a man demonstrating on campus. Communication major Maximilian Britchta, 23, attempted to kiss the cheek of Ysidro Mendoza who came to campus to demonstrate against what he called the “sins of sodomy.” Officers arrived at noon as a...

Religion in the White House would get a new look with Bernie Sanders

Religion in the White House would get a new look with Bernie Sanders

Armen Aghabekov

November 2, 2015

By this point, college students know who Bernie Sanders is; he's the man that runs his presidential campaign clear of PAC money and spreads his message through grassroots campaigns.His messages ring loud and clear: he wants to make our lives better, and he wants us to help him do this. He has done this...

Panel evaluates balance between faith and sexuality within minority LGBTQA community

Panel evaluates balance between faith and sexuality within minority LGBTQA community

Saffana Hijaz

March 27, 2015

The Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer, Ally (LGTBQA) on-campus organization hosted a film screening, panel and Q&A session about finding a balance between one's spirituality and sexuality, and the struggles they've encountered with that.The five panelists included: Sofia Rose Smith a c...

Defending policy, tradition and faith

Defending policy, tradition and faith

Natanya Toomes

November 26, 2014

When it comes to dictating how clubs and organizations should be led on CSU campuses, government agencies felt it was best to put an end to the InterVarsity Christian Club across all CSU campuses. In August the chancellor of the California State University, Dr. Timothy White, banned the CSUN chap...

Leadership from the “other faiths/non-faiths” category

Leadership from the “other faiths/non-faiths” category

Kyle Hufnagel

November 25, 2014

I’m appalled to think that after all the bells and whistles humanity has crafted for itself, we’re still hell-bent on exercising our primitive urge to draw lines in the sand. When Dr. Timothy White, chancellor of the California State University, suspended the InterVarsity Christian Club...

The Cognitive Science of Religion: A new approach to the study of religion

The Cognitive Science of Religion: A new approach to the study of religion

Manny D. Araujo

October 31, 2014

A new approach to the study of religion is using cognitive science to try reach a new understanding of religious behavior and thought. Cognitive science of religion is a 20-year-old field that uses methods from disciplines such as anthropology, philosophy and psychology to understand how our...

Choosing a side in the Harris/Greenwald feud

Choosing a side in the Harris/Greenwald feud

Ryan Mancini

October 22, 2014

  This conflict began long before the showdown with Ben Affleck on “Real Time With Bill Maher.” In the weeks since it re-erupted, the digital feud between neuroscientist and secular humanist  Sam Harris, and investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, has brought critics, neutral obse...

Attitudes toward suicide, depression treatment varies widely across culture

Attitudes toward suicide, depression treatment varies widely across culture

Andrew Martinez

September 16, 2014

  It can be a religious practice, an honorable act or a mortal sin. Suicide is viewed very differently across religions and societies throughout history, whether it be the seppuku of the Samurai, the mortal sin of the Catholic Church or deprivation of the body to find salvation. While at...

The Catholic Church needs to modernize to catch up with a new generation

The Catholic Church needs to modernize to catch up with a new generation

Jonathan R. Diaz

May 8, 2014

  Having declared two former popes saints, Pope Francis is seeking to push the Roman Catholic Church in a new direction. His actions to modernize the church are evident here with the sainthood of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. The process of becoming a saint, or canonization in th...

Peace out Fred Phelps, God hates you too

Peace out Fred Phelps, God hates you too

Ryan Mancini

March 26, 2014

Though by no means a trend, hate has become an unnecessary commodity all across the world. Many nations and many people are to blame, but history seems to redeem these odious people. As the millennials of the world age and mature and begin to make social changes and choices, the number of vile people in the w...

CSUN students gather at Meet the Clubs Day

CSUN students gather at Meet the Clubs Day

Alex Vejar

September 3, 2013

CSUN students search for clubs and organizations ranging from religion-oriented clubs, academic clubs, fraternities, sororities, recreational clubs, athletic clubs, community involvement clubs and more on Bayramian Lawn....

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