God and Public School Classrooms: Clashes are Hard to Report

The Katy, Texas, public-classroom dispute abut God between a teacher and a 12-year-old student serves as a case study on the challenge for journalists reporting on religion.  On a critical-thinking test, the student declined to give the correct answer, which was that “There is a God” was a statement of opinion, not fact.  Why is […]

Luther as Journalism Reformer

Lit, Journalism, Perf Arts

A Theological and Journalistic Reformation:  Martin Luther’s bold theological stand on Oct. 31, 1517, made independent journalism possible.  Modern journalism began in 1517 as the German prince Frederick the Wise was putting the finishing touches on his life’s work of building up Wittenberg’s sacred relic collection.  The effect of Luther’s 95 Theses and his subsequent publications […]

The Need To Believe: Where Does It Come From?

Natural Sciences

Physicist Marcelo Gleiser briefly surveys several perspectives about religious belief and scientific belief: “When discussing the relationship between science and religion, people often take a polarized position: It’s either ‘I believe’ or ‘I don’t believe.’  The fact is that religion and science do overlap in people’s minds, in their life choices, in the difficult moral […]

The End of the Stem Cell Wars

Reprogrammed Stem Cells Work as well as Those From Embryos:  The journal, Science, reports that a new study suggests that ES stem cells and iPS stem cells are equivalent, and this may help soothe worries about the capabilities of iPS cells.  From 2002 to 2010, claims about the unique potential of human embryonic stem cells were common. Now, ES cells and […]

Coming to Terms with a Post-Christian World

All Current Features

Christianity Today presents a point-counterpoint exchange with Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist, and Peter Wehner,  senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, writing on Christians in a same-sex world, and a response from Rod Dreher, senior editor at The American Conservative, on living in a post-Christian world.  Students can assess and consider the contours […]

Supreme Court Will Rule on ACA Birth Control Issue

All New Briefs

The Court will hear birth-control challenges in March, 2016, a challenge brought by faith-based hospitals, schools, and charities that contend the government’s opt-out provision for birth-control coverage does not go far enough to accommodate their religious beliefs. Under the ACA, congregations are not required to provide birth-control coverage for their workers.  But religious non-profits that […]

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