Items included on this page 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.

Bill Nye, the Scientism Guy

The Real “Anti-Science”: Agree or disagree, this argumentative essay can assist students with teasing out the continuing public issues over science education, definitions of science, science and ideology, and who speaks for science. “There are at least three means by which these supposed defenders of science actually undermine it through their political tactics.”

The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood on Christianity, The Handmaid’s Tale, and What Faithful Activism Looks Like Today: This detailed interview with the author whose novel has received renewed interest may offer students a way to consider how religion and theological themes are treated in literature.  The teacher could easily assemble a course around this and other selected novels […]

A Spiritual-not-religious Campus Sanctuary

A new kind of sacred space on campus: Despite a drop in enthusiasm for organized religion among young people, many are still looking for avenues to spirituality that value dialogue, understanding, empathy and authenticity. The recently opened Snyder Sanctuary at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., is an architectural answer to facilitate this spiritual search, to help people of […]

On Being a Religion Writer

Interview With Religion Writer Bob Smietana: Smietana is senior writer at Facts and Trends magazine whose work has appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, and Christianity Today. “A religion writer is somebody who writes about religion, religious practice, religious from the ideas behind religion to the nitty‑gritty practice to the arguments over money, to the […]

Poetry: More than Propositional

Why we need Mary Oliver’s poems: For theology and liturgy, poetry has always mattered. Scripture begins and ends with poetry and contains swaths and snatches of it throughout its vast remainder. The rites of Christian worship across the centuries have endured in part because they are poetry in the mouth, poetry in the ear, poetry to […]

On the Popular Press and School Vouchers

Breaking news from Indy Star: Christian schools tout, um, Christian beliefs and behavior — Students can use this review piece to consider how the popular press reports on matters about which the reporters and editors do not themselves understand, getting some elements right and other elements less than accurate, even while generally providing fair and […]


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