So here's a little blip I wrote for my applications to UVA and Washington and Lee...
“I am a Christian.” This is a statement that many people can make with varying degrees of sincerity and truthfulness. For my own part, this statement means much more than a mere social affiliation, and it is written with the utmost conviction. This is a declaration of my allegiance to a specific set of beliefs and principals which shape my personal moral parameters, as well as my views on the broader fields of law and social justice. I understand that for many people today, perhaps especially in the legal profession, the idea of Christianity as a guiding light is not only preposterous, but abhorrent. With history referenced as a guide, modern men view Christianity as merely one of myriad human superstitions adopted by mankind to protect themselves from the unknown, and to use as a tool of domination. But such a view is based not only on a narrow view of Christianity historically, but also on an impoverished understanding of the tenets of the Christian faith. As a Christian it is not my duty to hoodwink the ignorant or domineer the fearful, as many characterizations suggests. Rather, my obligation is to live a faithful Christian life, a life which provides a good example to those around me of what a Christian is, and who Jesus is. What this means for my career, both academic and professional, is that I am necessarily predisposed towards honesty, and towards promoting the justice and welfare of the American society. Because my presuppositions differ from the majority of people currently involved in government and law, I will obviously have a somewhat different vision of a just society and how such an ideal ought to be pursued. However, the fact that I am a Christian ought in no way to preclude my participation in the struggle for a good society, and indeed actually increases my ability to contribute to this good fight. Honesty and morality are always valuable commodities in an honorable society, and my religious beliefs serve only to better those qualities in myself.
Furthermore, my commitment to my religion would be just as useful in the classroom as in the workplace. Though there is a certain camaraderie and comfort endemic to an ideologically homogenous group of people, it takes opposition and argumentation to truly sharpen the minds and hone the ideas of developing students. To this point, I believe my religiously founded mindset would be valuable both to myself and my potential classmates. By standing in opposition to one another on any number of legal and moral questions, we would automatically force each other to truly examine our beliefs, and to defend or abandon them based on their actual merits, not merely on the basis of comfortable misconceptions about our entrenched suppositions.
Thus while I represent no ethnic minority or favored social group, I am confident that my religious outlook, as well as my academic ability and enthusiasm, would be invaluable to the diversity and competitive environment of this institution, and would provide my fellow students and I with vital opportunities for intellectual stimulation and, therefore, intellectual growth.