A Severe Critique of the Christian Prof

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In “The Illusion of Respectability,”  Allen Guelzo challenges the professor or teacher who is Christian to renounce the lust for credibility in the modern academy.  Otherwise, that environment changes us—substitutes its reward system, offers its hierarchy, and creates its parallel universe to which we are slowly acculturated.  Accreditation and public funding are now discredit and indentured servitude.

Five Books in Religious Satire

Lit, Journalism, Perf Arts

In “My Top 5 Works of Religious Satire,”  Terry Lindvall thinks back through his research to pick the 5 best books of religious satire.  Students can be introduced to Erasmus, C.S. Lewis, Guareschi, Bierce, and Swift.  His recent book, God Mocks, (NYU Press, 2015) traces the development of faith-based humor from biblical times through today.

Revisiting The Secularization of the Academy

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The Secularization Symposium:  In 1990, the Pew Charitable Trust sponsored a major conference at Duke University on the subject of secularization in modern higher education. 25 years later, the main contributors have agreed to reflect once again on questions of faith, scholarship, academic secularization, modes of specialized learning, and the production of knowledge at contemporary colleges […]

Church Resettlement Agencies Respond to Pause-on-Refugees

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Christian agencies rebuke anti-refugee stance: Catholic, mainline, and evangelical agencies handling refugee resettlement in the United States are calling for communities to welcome refugees and reject the rhetoric of governors calling for a ban on Syrian asylum-seekers in their states in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. Students can survey the initial positions  in this […]

A Research Definition of “Evangelical”

NAE, LifeWay Research Publish Evangelical Beliefs Research Definition:  Because researchers use different tools to identify evangelicals, results vary in polling. Lifeway Research has developed, reviewed, and tested an evangelical beliefs research definition for accurate and consistent use among researchers.  (Could such a research definition be developed for Lutherans or Catholics?)

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