SCOTUSblog on Roe v. Wade

Social Sciences

SCOTUS for law students: Roe v. Wade and precedent — In the realm of constitutional law, justices generally assert that stare decisis, or respect for precedent, is an important value, but not a definitive one. Respect for precedent is an important part of maintaining doctrinal consistency and advancing the rule of law, they maintain; at the […]

Equal Dignity for Non-Marriage

Obergefell v. Hodges and Nonmarriage Inequality: (Note: one free download) The author extends the logic of the Obergefell decision to other relationships and communal arrangements.  Students can consider this logic, the nature of social relationships, and the role of law and government.  The significance of views on some Biblical anthropology will become evident.

Christmas Carols and Incarnation

Christmas Music Tells the Story: Students can consider ways to analyze hymn content and the role of language as a vehicle for the means of grace.  “Carols and hymns are amazingly succinct theological statements,” says Eileen Guenther, professor of church history at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. “There is more theology in a few […]

Who is the Authority on Science?

Opposing ends of the spectrum: Exploring trust in scientific and religious authorities  — This study examines public trust in scientific and religious authorities for information about the risks and benefits of science including values, knowledge, media attention, and trust in religious organizations and scientific institutions.  See also commentary, For Some, Scientists Aren’t The Authority On Science.

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