Revisioning Revisions

Revisions Editor · Friday, 11 November 2011

As Editor-​​in-​​Chief of Revisions I find myself tasked, at this juncture, with the work of attempting to draw together the myriad strands which led to Revisions’s new incarnation. I am told that, when the journal published its first issue in 2005, Revisions was a pioneer of sorts in the world of higher education: a wholly student-​​run publication dedicated to – appropriately enough – revision the world through the lens of the gospel of Jesus Christ. These motives I can reaffirm with renewed confidence. The need at Princeton University for a distinctively Christian voice is as great as ever, and I and the other editors of this publication are excited about how Revisions may be able to help Christians at Princeton find and make their voice heard by being both a resource and an outlet for those who are seeking the Christian intellectual engagement that may not be as readily available through other avenues of Princeton life. In moving from print to the internet, however, the ways in which the vision of Revisions is being realized has surely changed. In the following paragraphs, I hope to be able to highlight two of the more prominent themes made possible by the medium shift and how we hope changes in Revisions’s operating model will reflect such themes.

Conversation

As groundbreaking and rewarding producing a physical magazine may have been, one of the limitations of such a model of intellectual engagement is the difficulties of maintaining a sustained dialogue about issues of particular interest or importance. Though admirable efforts were made through the side-​​by-​​side publications of articles which would present opposing viewpoints (Capitalism Reconsidered and A Time for Socialism come to mind), the nature of content distribution necessarily made it difficult for individuals who wanted to respond to or explore other implications of published articles to share their viewpoints, especially since subsequent issues of the magazine would focus on a different major topic (though of course, adherence to the suggested topic was not always mandatory).

Committing to online publication and distribution, I believe, makes the ideal of intellectual engagement and conversation more feasible. Now, a submissions process feeding into a model of rolling publications makes it possible for anyone to contribute whenever and on whatever. Furthermore, the ability to comment on articles and respond to the comments of others makes it possible to for discussions to take place. It is my hope that articles will not only reflect upon how the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ changes the way we view the world around us, but that they will also be the seeds of conversations that will ultimately go far beyond the confines of this site into our everyday lives at Princeton and beyond.

Community

A second theme that I hope will really characterize the new Revisions is that of community: scattered conversations becoming ad-​​hoc relationships, relationships becoming collaborations, and in the mesh of connections and disconnections, for the faint outlines of a group of students and alumni committed to mutual exploration of the implications of our faith to emerge. Though in a large part, these interactions will take place online, the Revisions staff hope to be able to expand the conversation into Roundtables once every month or so.

Roundtables are an opportunity for focused discussion on smaller clusters of specific issues. It may perhaps help for some to think about them as the reincarnation of the topical organizing principle which guided past Revisions publications. The process would begin with a call for submissions on a topic, or perhaps even a rather exciting article which sparks a fruitful discussion. For the next month(s), then, we will hope to be able to publish a small number of articles articulating different positions held by contributors on that issue. This would culminate in an informal dinner discussion on campus at the end of the time period where everyone who contributed and those who may be interested in the topic would be able to get together to talk and debate the issue.

Concluding Remarks

I do not want to pretend that there will be no difficulties facing the accomplishment of the goals laid out, but I am very excited about where this publication can go. For whatever reason you’ve stumbled onto this site, I encourage you to join with us in our journeys of faith seeking understanding, whether that may be by reading, writing, commenting, or even joining our staff (we are currently desperately in need of a graphics designer to help us with art and the general aesthetics of the website). I encourage those who want to keep up to date with what’s going on in Revisions to join our google-​​groups listserv to receive email updates about new developments, events on campus, and calls for submissions. Stay tuned for information about our first Revisions Roundtable coming up in December exploring questions of “Origins”: creationism, evolution, the book of Genesis, the doctrine of original sin, and the historicity of Adam. We encourage anyone who has ideas to share to start writing about them now! Sign up for an account by following the directions on our Submissions page. Any questions and comments can be directed towards the editors at editor.​revisions@​gmail.​com, or asked in the comments right here.

Ultimately, we hope you feel welcome here and will be blessed by the work of the many others who have given so much to this magazine in the past. Tolle, lege! Take up and read!

Enoch Kuo ’13
Revisions Editor-​​in-​​Chief, 2011–​12

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