Saeculum Undergraduate Academic Journal

"So five ages of the saeculum are ended."
- St. Augustine of Hippo

This journal, a collaborative venture of undergraduate students in the Christianity and Culture program of Saint Michael’s College and the University of Toronto, offers a venue for scholarly conversation about life in the saeculum. In these pages, you will read about the critical engagement between Christian tradition and the broader cultures in which it always and inevitably remains intermixed, including scientific discovery, music and the arts, philosophy and theology, politics and society, and the perennial task of Christian education.

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Saeculum Undergraduate Academic Journal is a peer-reviewed, student-run journal for the Christianity and Culture programme at the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.  Saeculum publishes twice annually, on topics relating to Christianity and Culture, including, but not limited to:  Christianity and Society; Christianity and the Intellectual Tradition; Christianity, Arts and Letters; and Christianity and Science.  The journal is run by students in the Christianity and Culture program, though we welcome students from other disciplines to both submit and become part of the editorial team.


Upon receiving each submission, any identifying information by the author is removed.  Essays are then sent to two anonymous reviewers – one is a member of the editorial team, and the other is a trusted outside reviewer.  Reviews then determine whether the paper will be published in the issue.  Submissions must be original and must not have ben published or submitted elsewhere.


In the spring issue, Saeculum hosts the Gershon and Roza  Lewkowicz Prize, which is given to the best essay written on Jewish-Christian relations.  Essays must be no longer than 20 pages in length and double-spaced with 12-point font.  The author of the essay may be any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the University of Toronto or its affiliates.  Essays submitted for this prize are adjudicated by a committee consisting of the Editor-in-Chief, the Associate Editor, the Director of the Jerusalem Program, and the Journal’s faculty advisor.


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Vol 12, No 1 (2017): Crisis, Revolution, and Reform

The theme for this issue of Saeculum is “Crisis, Revolution, and Reform.” As we move through Christian history, as each of our essays will do, we see Christianity’s response to crisis and revolution, and examine how it reforms itself in light of these. We also see how Christianity has been forced to undergo reform through the interventions of the state. Though the reforms instituted and the responses to these reforms are not all positive, it illustrates how Christianity can strengthen its existence through its ability to respond to the questions of its time.

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Andrea Carandang


Emma Graham

Gershon & Roza Lewkowicz Prize

Julia Tomlinson


Kirill Lepekhin
Elisabetta Kerr
Elspeth Gibson