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In 1759, French authorities prohibited the book “De l’esprit” (On the Mind) by philosopher Helvétius and ruled that it was full of the most dangerous doctrines. His old friend Voltaire defended Helvétius, saying “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” In a very similar spirit, Thomas Jefferson — who wrote “every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty” — defended Baptist priests for...

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“Who perfected everything which He created and began the creation of human from clay” (Qur’an, 32:7). It was not from light like the angels, not from fire like the jinn. It was from the cold, lifeless clay which creations step on. How shocking it was for the angels to understand when Allah called this new creation His “Khulafa” (2:30), or representatives; how infuriating for Satan when he was ordered to “prostrate” (7:11). Although in its...

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Kudos is a program designed to recognize a Trinity staff member for their extra efforts. A group of volunteer staff members under the TSEC (Trinity University Staff Engagement Committee) started Kudos in June 2012. In May 2014, TSEC suspended the program because the last chair of the Kudos left the campus, and there was no volunteer leader to continue at that time. This semester, a subcommittee under the TSEC started the program back up. “We...

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I am pretty sure you all know the feeling of moving from your home, giving up your comfort zone and leaving your families behind, being just a few weeks away from your new life, apart from the stains of your mistakes in the past, ready to start drawing on a clean canvas. On move-in day, Dr. Sheryl Tynes invited us to imagine a different move-in experience that happened 15 years ago, just before 9/11. Now,...