July 20, 2011
Knox College students have launched a new publication that encourages religious dialogue and represents what its editors describe as "a continuation of our desire to learn from, and grow with, one another."
The inaugural issue of Fusion: Knox College Theology Journal (cover page shown at left) can be viewed at http://fusionatknox.com/journal/. The publication's mission: "Promoting awareness of, and respect for, the various faith systems represented at Knox College."
In an editors' note, co-editors-in-chief Yumna Rathore and Kyle Cruz wrote that they hope "this journal will go a long way toward bridging some of the gaps of understanding that still separate us from one another. We believe it is always necessary to think and speak intelligently about issues concerning faith."
Knox College faculty member James Thrall, the Knight Distinguished Assistant Professor for the Study of Religion and Culture, serves as Fusion advisor.
"The journal was very much a student-generated project, from the initial idea to the writing and editing," Thrall said. "I have been quite impressed with their energy in making the journal come to be, and with their thoughtfulness in conceiving of the journal's purpose."
In introducing the journal, the students hope to "encourage religious dialogue without inflaming religious competition or antagonism, and to advance religious knowledge without proliferating religious misinformation," he said.
Along those lines, the debut issue is based on the theme of "demystification," Cruz said. "That is, our writers chose articles that attempted to deconstruct some of the more common misconceptions surrounding the faiths they adhered to or represented."
For example, the inaugural issue includes articles with these titles: "Fear of the Veil: Suppression of Muslim Women in France," "Karma in Hinduism," and "Mary in Catholic Theology."
Any Knox student is welcome to contribute to the journal, Cruz said, adding: "All writers are asked to submit articles that have balanced perspectives, have been well-researched and (have been) properly formatted, just like any Knox paper."
Contributors to the inaugural issue of the journal were:
Founded in 1837, Knox is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with students from 48 states and 51 countries. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.