Fiat Lux is a journal of Christian thought and expression produced by undergraduates at UCLA. Taking seriously the motto of UCLA: “Fiat Lux,” in English “Let there be light”, this journal aims to invigorate a Christian worldview centered on the Gospel, both at UCLA and the world at large.

The purpose of the magazine is two-fold:

  1. To foster deep Christian thought by richly communicating the breadth of the true, good and radically life-changing Gospel through this online journal.
  2. To proclaim the truth, beauty and power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with clarity, compassion and courage, in hopes to foster dialogue between Christians and students of other faiths.

We publish a series quarterly and a blog post biweekly, and occasionally we would have guest writers outside the UCLA community.


Who We Are

David Johnson, Class of ’20

David Johnson is a Sophomore computer science student at UCLA. He is a member of Campus Crusade for Christ and is passionate about defending God’s word with truth and wisdom, and helping others do the same. When he’s not busy trying to survive homework assignments, he can be found playing the piano, building computer programs, hanging out with friends, or playing an occasional video game.


Francine Grace Tan, Class of ’19

Francine is a Sophomore majoring in Political Science and Economics at UCLA. She is a member of Grace Community Church and Grace on Campus (GOC). She is an international student from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (it’s next to Singapore). In the quicksand of the absence of objective truth, she hopes to defend the verity of the Christian faith and God’s Word with respect, love and clarity. She loves movies, good books, coffee, hikes and fellowshipping with people.


Joanna Tien, Class of ’18

Joanna Tien is a Senior majoring in Philosophy at UCLA. She transferred from Cal State LA and is currently a member of Community Christian Alliance Church (CCAC) and Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF) on campus. Her hometown is Diamond Bar, California, and she grew up in church. She recently decided to pursue her dream of turning philosophy/theology into a career, and she hopes to teach in those disciplines at the university level. She contributes to Fiat Lux as a way to prepare herself for graduate school and also because (as strange as it sounds) she thinks philosophizing is fun! But most importantly, it is a way for her to serve God with the abilities he has graciously given her. Other than daydreaming about philosophy, Joanna enjoys eating, sleeping, playing the flute, reading the Word, and fellowshipping with others.


Zoe Reinecke, Class of ’21

Zoe is a freshman majoring in Pre-International Development Studies at UCLA. She is a member of Campus Crusade for Christ and is passionate about growing alongside others in theological doctrine to be further equipped to defend Christianity. In her free time she loves reading, exploring quaint coffee shops, cooking, being in the great outdoors, and hanging out with friends and family.    


Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name we give glory, for the sake of Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness! (Psalm 115:1)



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