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 11, No 2 (2016): Christianity in the Modern World

The theme for this issue of Saeculum is “Christianity in the Modern World.” Christianity, as a religion and as an institution, has exerted influence over the social, economic, and political spheres, and continues to do so in the modern world. It has encouraged ways of viewing and living in the world that are in accordance with the teachings that it has held since its inception. However, Christianity, and more specifically, the Catholic Church, has also been critiqued for holding onto longstanding traditions that stand in tension with secular feminism and other contemporary social movements. Nonetheless, the Church continues to have an impact on alleviating suffering and addressing issues of inequality and injustice. Saeculum presents four essays that explore these themes. 

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Andrea Carandang
Andrea Carandang


Patrick Nolin
Emma Graham
Alexandra Potamianos
Magdalena Poweska