Call for Theo-Bloggers: Philip Clayton’s New Book

Over the coming weeks, a number of theo-bloggers (feel free to join in!) will be posting responses to (CST Dean) Philip Clayton and Steven Knapp’s new book  The Predicament of Belief.  This “blog tour” is setting up for something that the popular theological podcast Homebrewed Christianity has been wanting to try: a Theo-Nerd book party. [Read More...]

Sticky Denominations? (by Jennifer Gutierrez)

Jennifer Gutierrez

This post is written in conjunction with the “Becoming a Public Scholar” course and is directed by Monica A. Coleman. Why are mainline denominations dying?  I was recently in a trustees meeting for one of these denominations.  The trustees were grilling a representative from the committee that works with campus ministry.  The overall concern of [Read More...]

Where Loyalty Lies (by J. Cade Harris)

Joshua Cade Harris

This post is written in conjunction with the “Religion and Law in the U.S.” course dialogue project and is directed by Grace Yia-Hei Kao. During World War I, many states instituted mandatory flag pledges as a way to inculcate children with a sense of American unity and patriotism. But by the late 1930’s, close to [Read More...]

Ghosts & a Spirit of Equity: Religion, Superstition & Stambovsky v. Ackley (1991) (by Drew Baker)

Ph.D. student Drew Baker

This post is written in conjunction with the “Religion and Law in the U.S.” course dialogue project and is directed by Grace Yia-Hei Kao. “[The] Plaintiff hasn’t a ghost of a chance.” So Justice Israel Rubin of the Appellate level of the New York Supreme Court wryly said in his majority opinion in response to [Read More...]

Calling All Heretics (by Clemette Haskins)

This post is written in conjunction with the “Becoming a Public Scholar” course and is directed by Dr. Monica A. Coleman. I begin by stating that Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us is my first introduction to author Seth Godin.  I have not read any of his other books and was not familiar with [Read More...]

From Peyote to Contraceptives: Free Exercise & the Political Process (by Bryan Cottle)

Ph.D student Bryan Cottle

This post is written in conjunction with the “Religion and Law in the U.S.” course dialogue project and is directed by Grace Yia-Hei Kao. The relationship between medicine, religion, and law has recently become a dominant theme in the media. Outrage has been conveyed over the Obama Administration’s decision that nearly all employers cover contraceptives [Read More...]

Volf Believes in Thick Religion (by Wesley Menke)

CST student Wesley Menke

This post is written in conjunction with the “Becoming a Public Scholar” course and is directed by Monica A. Coleman. My college math professor was one of a kind. He affectionately called his calculator “Fritz,” and would put it in his back pocket on cold mornings to warm it up. He would get one haircut [Read More...]

Islam & Religious Freedom in the U.S. (by Mahmoud Harmoush)

Mahmoud Harmoush

This post is written in conjunction with the “Religion and Law in the U.S.” course dialogue project and is directed by Grace Yia-Hei Kao. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” With this amendment to the U.S. constitution, I and many other religious people feel welcome to practice, establish, and propagate our [Read More...]

Raging Fire, Gentle Man: Gary Dorrien’s Public Scholarship (by Rev. Sandie Richards)

social ethics

I first became aware of Gary Dorrien in February of 2005, when he gave a speech at Progressive Christians Uniting’s annual gala. He spoke eloquently on the subject of Empire, proffering new and challenging ideas even among a group of people who were already well aware of George W. Bush’s cabinet and the Administration’s Project [Read More...]

What’s Behind the Republican Candidates’ Attacks on Alinsky and Democratic Socialism? (by Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir)

The Republican primaries are giving us a foretaste of the themes the Party intends to run on in this year’s presidential campaign. It appears that at the core of the Republicans’ message will once again be an effort to portray President Obama as somehow not really a true American. Newt Gingrich has been comparing Obama’s [Read More...]


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