New Journal: Science, Religion, and Culture

Heather Wax was one of a couple of people to draw my attention to the launch of a new peer-reviewed journal, Science, Religion, and Culture. The first issue includes contributions from scholars like Keith Ward and Gregg Caruso.   [Read more...]

Phuture Phaith

I recently had an article, “Future Faith,” published in Phi Kappa Phi Forum. I had no idea how widely that periodical is read and subscribed to, until I suddenly found myself getting e-mails and Facebook messages from former students and colleagues. And so, if you subscribe but have not looked at the latest issue, there’s [Read More...]

Walking the Extra Mile With Pastries for Gay People

Rachel Held Evans has written about the legislation currently under discussion in Arizona. Her words are insightful. I quoted part of her post above. Here is a little more: You know who was actually persecuted for their religious beliefs?  Jews under Roman occupation in the first century.   And you know what Jesus told those Jews to [Read More...]

Against My Beliefs

Via several people and groups on Facebook. [Read more...]

Can’t Be Boxed

This quote from Jim Palmer came to my attention via Pinterest.     [Read more...]

The Hero of Our Own Story

I am grateful to Brandon Withrow for making a guest appearance in my course on religion and freedom of expression yesterday. He and Menachem Wecker have a forthcoming book, Consider No Evil, focusing on religion and academic freedom, which is the fourth and final major topic in this year-long course. They have set up a [Read More...]

Finding Your Vocation

This video features a Butler graduate, Dr. Stephanie Slemp, who majored in religion, talking about her choice of major, her vocation and career path, and the role that the Center for Faith and Vocation here at Butler University played in her exploration of and reflection on the decisions she made. [Read more...]

Closer to Fine

I confess that I don’t really know the music of the Indigo Girls, even though I have long been aware that “become one of the Indigo Girls” was an answer to the question “what can you do with a degree in religion?” Yesterday I heard their song “Closer to Fine” on the radio, and its [Read More...]

The Scientific Study of Religion: Building Bridges in Indianapolis

I was struck to see this call for papers for an academic conference on religion here in Indianapolis: 2014 Annual Meeting Call for Papers Society for the Scientific Study of Religion October 31-November 2, 2014 JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana Building Bridges SSSR’s current web site notes: The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion was [Read More...]

Saganism

These two quotes both came my way on Facebook. Both have been well known. I wonder what new and interesting things will come out of the new Carl Sagan archive that was recently made public by the Library of Congress.   [Read more...]

Mr. Putin Goes to Church

On Tuesday, Nadieszda Kizenko, Patrick Michelson, and Paul Valliere spoke at Butler about religion and freedom of expression in Russia, focusing on the now famous case of the punk band Pussy Riot and their “Punk Prayer” video that got so much attention on Facebook. The video of the lecture is now available, and I want to [Read More...]


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