Items included for this subject area come from a variety of sources. The perspectives conveyed may or may not express a Lutheran ethos. They can serve our instruction as discussion-starters, examples (positive and negative), and illustrations of intersections between God’s two kingdoms, intersections sometimes characterized by tension, sometimes by congruence. Inclusion does not imply endorsement.

"Open Book" by R. Marxhausen: the Bible, the book open to us all

Talking About God in Public

All Current Features, Uncategorized

Talking About God in Public  —  A review of Rowan Williams’ new book, The Edge of Words: God and the Habits of Language (Bloomsbury, 2014): when we talk about God, we do so mutedly and usually only in the confidence of our private sacred spaces. If we’re going to regain our confidence in finding words for […]

Relationships in America Survey

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Relationships in America Survey  —  This study from the Austin Insitute looks at how social forces, demography, and religion continue to shape attitudes about family, marriage, and intimate relationships.  The survey was designed to document trends that affect individual and familial well-being covering a wide variety of human-interest topics, from their participation in religious services […]

A Primer on the Religious Naturalist

Natural Sciences, Uncategorized

A Primer on the Religious Naturalist  —  “Scientific inquiry has provisioned us with a mind-boggling new core narrative — the epic of evolution, the epic of creation, the universe story, big history, everybody’s story — where humans and human cultures are understood to be emergent from and, hence, a part of nature.”  This brief piece […]

DOJ: Atheists as Ministers of the Gospel?

All New Briefs, Uncategorized

DOJ: Atheists as Ministers of the Gospel?  —  the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s high-profile 2013 decision that the longstanding clergy housing allowance was unconstitutional; but the Dept. of Justice also offered the argument that for the case to gain standing, atheists could apply for status as “ministers of the gospel […]

Making Payroll: Minimum Wage and Lutheran Non-Profits

Making Payroll: Minimum Wage and Lutheran Non-Profits  —  Many nonprofits, including some faith-based charities and social service organizations, find themselves in the unenviable role of fighting poverty while paying poverty wages.  Mosaic, a Lutheran social ministry serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in ten states, exemplifies this dilemma.

Art and Craft: Free Will, Sin, Biochemistry, Art Forgery, Psychopathology, and Jurisprudence

Art and Craft: Free Will, Sin, Biochemistry, Art Forgery, Psychopathology, and Jurisprudence  —  Very hard to categorize, this remarkable case involves a bipolar forger who gives away his work under false but not criminal pretenses.   Students may find this a fascinating cross-discipline case study involving theology, biology, psychology, criminology, and assorted other -ologies.

Before “I Do”: Premarital Experiences and Marital Qualtiy

Social Sciences, Uncategorized

Before “I Do”: Premarital Experiences and Marital Quality  —  For almost one-third (32 percent) of those in a nationally representative sample, their relationship with their eventual spouse began as a hookup.  And those who said their relationship began by hooking up reported lower marital quality than people who didn’t start their relationship that way, says […]

When Sex Offenders Confess to Clergy: Three Mistaken Beliefs

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When Sex Offenders Confess to Clergy: Three Mistaken Beliefs  —  Boz Tchividjian is an associate professor of law at Liberty University and former prosecutor who examines whether pastors are prohibited from reporting child sexual abuse disclosures made by perpetrators.  See also Uncle Sam Eavesdropping Outside the Confessional Booth and the CTCR study document, “The Pastor-Pentitent […]

 

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