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Living More Simply: Less Stuff

5 Surprising Spiritual Benefits of Owning Less Stuff: Minimalism was meant to help our finances. Here’s how it helped our faith. Jesus’ teaching on money and possessions tell us that owning less actually results in more freedom and joy and peace. Students are presented with five ways to reconsider their material existence without going gnostic.

Scientism: More of the Same

The New Scientism: Still Fighting the Phantom War — This review of Excellent Beauty: The Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World by Eric Dietrich (Columbia University Press, 2015) can help students consider the claims about science explaining religion and whether awe, wonder, and beauty are adequate replacements for a coherent faith tradition.

U.S. Dept of Educ Religious College Title IX Exemptions Index

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Religious College Title IX Exemption List Now Online:  After being petitioned by the Human Rights Campaign for LGBT rights, the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office has published online their list of colleges and universities that have requested or requested and received exemptions from compliance to LGBT policy and practice requirements.  World Magazine characterizes […]

Hosanna-Tabor, cont: Prof Sues Gordon College for Retaliation Over LGBT Comments

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Gordon College professor sues: Gordon College philosophy professor Lauren Barthold is suing her employer for allegedly breaching her free speech rights and retaliating after she publicly criticized the Christian school for its policy of not hiring sexually active gays and lesbians. A Gordon College statement on the suit says other Gordon employees have critiqued the school’s policy on sexuality […]

Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life

Natural Sciences

Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life: How would finding extraterrestrial intelligence affect religious beliefs? What might it tell us about ourselves? What would the theological implications be? This 7 min. video interviews astrobiology experts and theologians about what it means to be human, what it means to be intelligent, what it means to be civilized–and whether radio signals from another world […]

Proposed Bill Requires Religious Colleges to Publicize LGBT Exemption

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Bill would force faith-based colleges to reveal LGBT exemptions: Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s bill would require the U.S. Department of Education to insist that colleges and universities that apply for or receive exemptions from federal civil rights protections for students on the grounds of religious freedom make those waivers public.  See also GetReligion article and HuffPost article.

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