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Atlas Porter

The Gospel of Mark shows us that secrecy and fear are inextricably linked. After all, it was under the cloak of darkness, that the scribes and chief priests sent men to arrest Jesus. We read that when Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, a group of armed men seized him. At which point, “Jesus said to them, ‘Have you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs, to capture me? Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.”[1] In other words, Jesus is…

Time is an interesting concept. How we understand time shapes our existence in more ways than we often care to acknowledge. If I were to ask you what year it is, you would say “2021.” If I were to ask you why it is 2021, you may look at me with a confused expression on your face, as if to say, “what do mean?”

I do not think that we think about why it is the year it is as often as we should.

Prior to modern scholars bastardizing our universal time designations, we collectively understood exactly what our year…

I often hear atheists say that religions were created to control the masses.

To which I must respond, of course they were, but I fail to see how that disproves God’s existence in any way. It really just depends on the perspective you have on the matter. …

If I asked you who invented the airplane. You would likely say the Wright Brothers.

If I asked you who invented the telephone. You would likely say Alexander Graham Bell.

If I asked you who invented the light bulb. You would likely say Thomas Edison (although some have argued convincingly against this in recent years).

The point is that with big inventions we usually have a clear creator behind them that we can point to and say, “he or she is responsible for this great innovation.”

Undoubtedly one of the biggest innovations of the past hundred years (if not the…

After man sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, God punished man. God said to Adam, “Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life” (Genesis 3:17). In other words, God punished man with the invention of labor. From then on, man would have to work in order to survive. If he didn’t work he would die, simple as that. Many people often simplify the story of the fall of man and say that sin caused the punishment of death, and that’s it. This assessment overlooks the work…

The 1.5 trillion dollar student loan crisis is completely changing the landscape of our nation, both figuratively and literally. According to a survey in Business Insider, 13% of those with student loans have put off starting a family because of their debt burden. This rising number of young adults, delaying basic biological functions, is having a very real effect on our development as a nation. According to the Brookings Institute, population growth in the US hit an 80 year low in 2018. Moreover, because those with student loan debt have put off starting families, there has predictably become less of…

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In describing the sheer magnitude of a trillion dollars, Ronald Reagan once said that if you had a stack of thousand dollar bills in your hand just four inches high, you would have a million dollars. For that same stack to equal a trillion dollars, it would have to be 67 miles in the sky. This eye-opening anecdote leads us right into the topic at hand and shows us why this current crisis is such a big deal. That is to say, one of the biggest problems our society currently faces is a nearly 1.6 trillion-dollar student loan debt, which…

The best musicians of each generation make songs that capture the feelings of the moment. In other words, true cultural icons sing songs about what most people in their day and age are going through. With debt as a major part of most American households (almost 87 percent of families are in debt according to Debt.org), it only makes sense that many brilliant artists of our generation (and generations past) have written some incredible songs about personal financial heartache and struggle. These are songs that self-reflect on the pain of working to scrape by, in spite of that burning desire…

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