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Tax Policy and Charitable Giving


New Study Analyzes Impact of Tax Reform Proposals On Giving To Religious Organizations: The Lily School of Philanthropy at IU/Purdue has released a study that estimates the impact on charitable giving of the tax reform proposals by the White House and House of Representatives.  See links to the summary, full report, and the RNS news report […]

Christian Colleges Expand Offerings in the Visual Arts

Fine Arts

From Word to image: Christian colleges expand visual art programs — Over the past decade, more than 85 Christian colleges and universities have added new degree programs in the arts, according to data from college associations. At least 10 have introduced new degrees specifically in visual arts since 2012. Some have also hired new visual arts […]

Tennessee Law Subordinates School Athletics Schedule to Religious Holy Days

All New Briefs

New Tennessee Law Requires Religious Holy Day Accommodation For School Athletics: This law gives students’ religious observances priority over athletic schedules.  The new law provides: “A local education agency, local school board, school, educator, or employee or the employee’s representative may not require a student to attend a school athletic event, or event related to participation […]

Law and Religion Symposium

All Current Features

Symposium: Law and Religion in an Increasingly Polarized America — Nine articles here discuss a range of topics  including Hosanna-Tabor, religious accommodation in a democracy, religious sovereignty claims in a diverse society, and the restroom debates. The several points of view will inform the reader about points of agreement and disagreement.

On Luther, Wesley, and Christian Perfection

All Current Features

Of Fruit Trees and Newborn Babes: Luther and Wesley on Moral Transformation — The author explores how and why Lutheran and Methodist understandings of moral transformation differ by analyzing Luther and Wesley’s writings, along with theologians of their traditions who have been influenced from both. (Recall that Wesley was powerfully affected by Luther’s Commentary on […]

Faith Formation in Faith-Cynical Times

All Current Features

Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Most views on faith formation focus on keeping young people in religious institutions. This article instead contends, following Charles Taylor, that we face a secular age where the plausibility of belief itself has been undercut. Therefore, this article will explicate Taylor’s perspective next to these popular faith-formation programs, showing where they […]

Rom. 13 and the Problem of Vigilantes

Social Sciences

Weaving Ch. 13 Back into Romans: Christians typically read Romans 13 as a stand-alone passage, and this can lead to misreadings. In Romans, Paul  categorically rules out any action of collective or individual revenge as inconsistent with our being transfigured by Christ. This prohibition may seem almost trivial today. But not so long ago, punishment by […]

Politics From the Parish and the Johnson Amemdment


Pastors Frequently Preach Politics. But the IRS Rarely Goes After Them: In this 30 min. audio programs, religious liberty scholar Thomas Berg explains that churches can legally function in politics and often do. Berg also discusses how the Johnson Amendment does proscribe specific candidate endorsement from the pulpit, but why the IRS largely ignores this […]

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