For 15 years, the annual Jerusalem and Athens Forum (JAF) debate has provided a platform for some of the most pressing questions concerning modern-day Christianity. This year, the debate focused on the statement: “Modern models of Christian missions should be discarded as a relic of colonialism.”
Fifteen years ago, the Jerusalem and Athens Forum (JAF) and the Clarendon Scholars honors programs were founded to explore, respectively, “What has the academy to do with the Church?” and what either has to do with the city.
The Jerusalem and Athens Forum (JAF) debate has become a tradition here at Gordon. As a highlight of Symposium week, JAF students both defended and disproved the notion that “The American ideals of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ are compatible with a biblical worldview.”