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.

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 […]

Europe: Not So Secular as We Hear

Social Sciences

Pew: Here’s How Badly Soviet Atheism Failed in Europe — “The comeback of religion in a region once dominated by atheist regimes is striking,” states Pew in its latest report. Today, only 14 percent of the region’s population identify as atheists, agnostics, or “nones,” reports the Pew Research Center on the surge of Christianity in Europe […]

Defining Science (vs. Pseudo-Science)

Science and Pseudo-Science: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has substantially updated its entry on science and pseudo-science (April 11, 2017).  The discussion can help students realize the epistemological difficulties in sorting out data, hypothesis, information, theory, and ontology.   The new treatment emphasizes “that there is much more agreement on particular cases of demarcation than […]

New Fossil Finds: Curating the Dead

Dizzying New Evidence In Human Evolution Provokes Debates:  Fossils found over the past several decades have increasingly complicated our understanding of human evolution. Our early ancestors did not simply become bigger brained and more upright over time. New information coming out of the Rising Star dig includes the excavation of a second chamber with more Homo […]

America: Moral, Yes; Consensus, No

American Views on Morality: A 30 min. audio program on culture’s continued divergence on what is moral.  Morally, people are coming from different places, and this is why we run into indignant people every day who can’t believe that we’re thinking something completely different. 8 out of 10 Americans are concerned about the moral behavior […]

God’s Existence: More Likely Than Not

Five rational arguments why God (very probably) exists: Robert H. Nelson is Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, and author of God? Very Probably: Five Rational Ways to Think about the Question of a God (Cascade, 2015). This article begins with mathematics and offers a brief summary of the content, and can serve as a starter piece […]

Seeking Sacred Space

Fine Arts, Social Sciences

The changing nature of sacred spaces: While for the present time congregation-based religion is contracting, the desire for sacred or devoted space continues.  Students can use this article and photo spread to consider the Reformation’s themes on incarnational theology and a biblical anthropology of space and location as well as our incorrigibly human inclination toward the transcendent […]

 

Models, Examples, and Suggestions for Instruction

 
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