LCU seniors present research at 2022 C.S. Lewis Honors Forum

Published 9:00 am Saturday, April 9, 2022

Sixteen seniors presented their capstone projects as part of the Louisiana Christian University’s 2022 C.S. Lewis Honors Forum recently, including one student with Brookhaven ties.

Britain Campbell — daughter of Brett and Donna Campbell of Brookhaven and Dennis and Debbie Hubbard of Many, Louisiana — presented her psychology project, “Can an Antisocial Christian Exist?”

The project examined whether someone with an antisocial personality disorder — typically characterized by a lack of guilt and remorse and an inability to empathize and care for others — could receive Christian salvation.

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“Despite the little research in both clinical and religious studies, it can be concluded that individuals with ASPD can come to receive the salvation of Christ through belief and repentance and can continue to improve their mental health after salvation,” Campbell wrote.

Dr. Cheryl Clark, provost and vice president of academic affairs, recognized Campbell and the other students for their effort and presented them with honors medallions they will wear at commencement in May.

“In an age in which occupational and professional specializations are encouraged, universities risk creating generations of one-dimensional automatons, that is, students who are highly skilled in their chosen fields but are emotionally detached from the world around them,” Clark said. “However … our graduating honors students’ interdisciplinary research presentations illustrated that LCU’s Christian liberal arts education provides the biblical framework for students to gain, synthesize and utilize knowledge from across various academic disciplines.”

The students effectively demonstrated that they have been prepared not only to be Christian citizens of the world, Clark said, “but also to be critical thinkers, logical reasoners, articulate writers and eloquent speakers who are able to navigate the complex problems and questions of our world.”

Dr. Sarah Payne has served as director of the C.S. Lewis Honors Program since its inception in 2017. This was the second co-hort of students to complete the program.

“I am so proud of the hard work that these C.S. Lewis Honors Scholars have put into their interdisciplinary senior projects,” Payne said. “The passion for their calling was palpable in these presentations.”