The Oberlin Review

Religious Beliefs Exploited for Personal Agendas

Kushagra Kar, Production Editor

October 4, 2019

 Religion is the oldest form of control. From the implicit consequences of pre-colonial missionary efforts to the tangible control over rhetoric shaped by King James’ Bible, the pervasiveness of religious institutions throughout history cannot be ignored. By placing themselves in positions of religious authority, individuals enable themselves to construct generalized structures of life that actively define community. Even today at Oberlin, we find organized religion influencing the periphery of our lives, both personally and over intangible distances. Faith is meant to be positive, both within individualistic moral contexts and in broader social implications. Corruption and informed cruelty manifest when bigoted...

Course Registration: Over a Century Ago

Course Registration: Over a Century Ago

April 26, 2019

Faith Fuels Zach Taylor On and Off the Field

Faith Fuels Zach Taylor On and Off the Field

September 28, 2018

Every Saturday before the football team takes the field for warm-ups, College junior and quarterback Zach Taylor writes a new Bible verse on the towel he keeps in his back pocket throughout the game. According to Taylor, Christianity has been his driving force since arriving at Oberlin two years ago. It’s what gets him through the bad times and keeps him humble during the good times. “I grew up in a Christian household, but I think I really found my faith once I got here at Oberlin,...

Savior Endeavor Presents Inaccurate Interpretation of Christianity

Jason Arévalo

April 20, 2018

I was walking by Peters Hall last Friday when I noticed an unfortunately familiar sight: a man standing upon a short ladder with a megaphone and a sign that proclaimed, “Our God is too holy to save an unrepentant sinner.” I’d be lying if I said that I was not angry, that I did not feel frustration, or even that my first instinct was one of love. See, I am a Christ-follower, but I too am flawed. In my sincere attempts to live up to one of our highest mandates, that is, to “love our neighbor as ourselves,” I too fall short. That being said, I do believe and hope that anyone who is pursuing a relationship with God would realize that our actions should be predicated upon a foundation of love — namely, one we come t...

Peace Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Peace Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary

April 8, 2016

Peace Community Church officially kicked off the festivities for its 150th anniversary with an organ recital last week featuring Ian Tomesch, OC ’10, and will continue with more celebratory events in the coming months. The celebrations commemorate the congregation’s establishment as the First Baptist Church of Oberlin on July 30, 1866, along with the 100th anniversary of the placement of the cornerstone for its current building on Jan. 1, 1916. The congregation changed its name to Peace...

Office of Religious, Spiritual Life Holds New Week of Events

Office of Religious, Spiritual Life Holds New Week of Events

April 3, 2015

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will host Oberlin’s first ever Religious Life Week from April 3–12. Organizers hope the event will provide a space for students and community members of all faiths to come together, participate in various activities and discuss spiritual life. Additionally, the ORSL plans to reveal the findings of a six-month review process begun last October — a review which focused on evaluating ORSL’s services and identifying current trends that could inform...

Papal Support for LGBTQ Issues, Evolution Misleading

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor

February 20, 2015

As a former Catholic, I can tell you that the pope is a big deal. He’s the head honcho, second only to Jesus, in modern Catholics’ “What Would _____ Do.” So what the pope chooses to endorse or to condemn is a sign of what direction the mainstream church is heading. I grew up in a liberal African-American parish in St. Paul, MN. So while more conservative white Catholic churches were solemnly singing along to an organ and sending white savior mission trips off to less- privileged nations, we clapped our way through gospel songs, danced in the aisles and had much more enjoyable Sundays than any other Christians I knew growing up. In an environment that so heavily immersed me in African- American and African...

Protests Challenge Oberlin Students to Provide Unreciprocated Tolerance

CJ Blair, Columnist

September 26, 2014

I was sitting in Professor Erik Inglis’s Art History class last week when he proclaimed the goal of the day’s lecture was to ask how Jesus came to be represented as he is today. He meant this, of course, in a pictorial sense, but my mind flashed back to 18 years spent living in the Bible Belt, inspiring me to consider that question more generally. When events occur like the picket staged by Brother Jed and his fellow preachers last week, it can seem all too easy to deem one particular display as the “accepted” representation of God, and therefore of Jesus. However, this situation is no different than other controversial topics, in that there’s much more to it than meets the eye. My opinion, of course just...

Off the Cuff: Kelly Brown Douglas, priest and “womanist” scholar

Kate Gill, News Editor

October 11, 2013

Kelly Brown Douglas is a priest and a professor of religion at Goucher College.  She specializes in womanist theology and the black church. She spoke with the Review about her faith, Alice Walker, and communities of support.  How did you first become acquainted with theology, sexuality and the black church? What specifically attracted you to this field of study?  There are two sort of prongs [to] that. One, being aware, even [while] growing up, of who I was as a black person in a society that was very racist [and] segregated, in which being a black body meant that you were a marginalized, oppressed body. Having that sensibility of what it meant to be different, what it meant to be marginalized. I didn’t grow...

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