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.
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.
This special issue of Saeculum features previously published essays on Jewish-Christian relations. It explores these relationships in chronological order – that is, from Jesus’ time to present day.
The theme for this issue of Saeculum is “Christianity and Education and Miseducation”. Part of the Church’s mission is to spread the good news, and Christianity has a long history in the intellectual tradition and in evangelisation. Theologies have arisen to solidify, rectify, and justify religious education as well as educators. Some religious orders have made it their mission to teach and evangelise, each with their own goals and philosophies of education. Institutions were created with the mission of Christian education in mind. Programs and multiple courses have also sprouted to capture the richness of teaching and learning different aspects of Christianity. Most importantly, when Christian education does not just delivers doctrine, but encompasses individual development, formation, and growth, it can transform the lives of many. Saeculum presents five essays that explore precisely these themes.