Other Books as Sacred Texts

Lit, Journalism, Perf Arts

Harry Potter, Holy Writ: This article discusses an experiment with treating popular books as sacred texts in order to explore how authoritative writings are interpreted and regarded.  Could suggest a writing or reading project for classes in literature, anthropology, exegetics, or sociology.

Survey: Candidate Morality and Religion Less Important

All New Briefs

More Americans Say Personal Immorality Not Disqualifying for Elected Officials: (scroll down) Americans today are less likely to believe personal transgressions prevent public officials from performing their duties well. Compared to 2011, Americans today are more likely to say elected officials can still perform their public duties in an ethical manner even if they have committed immoral […]

The Supreme Court and Religious Liberty

All Current Features

The Supreme Court and Religious Liberty: This readable article provides helpful background, analysis, and distinctions about religious liberty. The reader (student or instructor) will find a useful history and some thoughtful conclusions with reference to key cases and legal concepts. The reading can serve as a stand-alone piece or as an introduction to recent books […]

The Local Geography of Wittenberg

What endures in Wittenberg:  Despite its nearness to arms-producing factories, Wittenberg was largely spared the bombing that destroyed so many other German cities during World War II. Ordinary American Lutheran soldiers, it turns out, pleaded with their generals to go easy on the geographical source of their religion. Even for Protestants, supposedly free of saints and […]

Poetry, Prose, and the Problem of Sentimentality

Lit, Journalism, Perf Arts

The Sentimentality Trap: The writer, especially the Christian, is today as obligated to avoid the sentimental anti-sentimentality of the edgy as he is to avoid puppies and Pollyanna. Sentimentality offers us the dubious chance to feel while bypassing the messiness of any real human engagement: not too much feeling but too thin an experience. Sentimentality is emotional […]

 
 
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