Fascinating Writing on Scientists and Religion

Elaine Howard Ecklund, a sociologist at Rice University, is one of the world’s leading experts on scientists and religion. She has done extensive research on what scientists really think about religion, much of which you can find in her excellent book, Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think. The High Calling website has been featuring [Read More…]

Faith, Politics, and Mini Cupcakes

What do faith, politics, and mini cupcakes have in common? Not much, except that they have recently been featured in newspaper columns. Five Rules for Faith and Politics Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Rev. Oliver Thomas, a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors suggest five rules [Read More…]

Clergy and 9/11 Ceremonies: Conflicts Reveal State of Religion in Our Culture

Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times has written a fine piece on some of the controversy surrounding 9/11 ceremonies and the inclusion or exclusion of clergy: “Omitting Clergy at 9/11 Ceremony Prompts Protest.” Goodstein describes the decision of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York to exclude all members of the clergy from Sunday’s commemoration. [Read More…]

Another Nail in the Coffin of Religious Freedom on College Campuses

The Los Angeles Times reports that the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of San Diego State University in a lawsuit brought by two Christian student groups. They claimed that the university’s nondiscrimination policy for student groups violated their constitutional rights. But the court held in favor of the university, concluding that [Read More…]