Pulling the Holy Spirit off the Bookshelf: Towards a Theory of Prayer and Information

May 22nd, 2015

Meredith Ross In his 2008 dissertation examining sermon preparation, Daniel R. Roland found that consultation with the Holy Spirit was an important part of the sermon-writing process for his informant, a Midwestern Lutheran minister. The informant, in fact, identified his sermons as work produced in “collaboration” with the Holy Spirit’s guidance.[1] However, Roland seemed uneasy

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Religion and the GOP Presidential Hopefuls

May 20th, 2015

Emily Johnson The Republican Party’s field of Presidential hopefuls is getting crowded, with eight candidates officially running and four more expected to announce by June 1. We’re into double digits already, without counting the half-dozen others who have publicly expressed interest but not yet filed with the Federal Election Commission. This last group includes some

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Are We Seeing the Fall of the Religious Right?

May 11th, 2015

Thomas Whitley I must admit that I’ve grown quite accustomed to using the phrase, “the rise of the Religious Right.” It’s a phrase that hearkens back to the coalescence of the “moral majority” and the linking between the religious right and the Republican party during the late 1960s and 1970s. The Religious Right was ostensibly

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May 6th, 2015

The American Society of Church History announces a search for new editors and a new institutional home for the journal Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, currently housed at Florida State University.  Published quarterly by Cambridge University Press, the journal seeks essays that advance knowledge of the role Christianity has played in mediating larger

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The New Frontier of Lived Religion: Authenticity and Media

April 29th, 2015

Stephanie Brehm Over twenty-five years ago, the fields of Church history and religious studies experienced a theoretical shifting towards the project of lived religion.  That project took scholars to places rarely before considered legitimate – outside of pews, out of churches, and into the everyday lives of people “on the ground.”  Lived religion, as described

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Beggars as Choosers: Christian Canon and Selective Reading

April 22nd, 2015

Brandon W. Hawk One of the distinctive features of the Bible is that it is not a single text but a collection: as many others have remarked, it is more like a library than a book. Of course, the contents of this library have been debated from early Christianity onward, and remain fluid for some

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Ted Cruz, the Gay Jihad, and Origins Narratives

April 13th, 2015

Thomas Whitley Ted Cruz announced his bid for the GOP nomination at Liberty University, the well-known conservative evangelical school founded by the late Jerry Falwell. This was just the beginning of his work to prove his conservative bona fides in his attempt to lock up the more conservative wing of the Republican Party. Last week,

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Thinking about Religion and Education with the Category of Conversion (Part II)

April 10th, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of posts by Leslie Ribovich. You can read the first post here. Thomas Nast, “Our common schools as they are and as they may be” (1870) Leslie Ribovich What are the drawbacks of thinking about religion and education within the study and framework of religious conversion?

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Thinking about Religion and Education with the Category of Conversion (Part I)

April 9th, 2015

Thomas Nast, “Our common schools as they are and as they may be” (1870) Leslie Ribovich In 1950s New York City, educators, psychologists, law enforcement, and sociologists wanted to transform public school students from one way of being and behaving in the world to another through education. They especially sought out students who had violated

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Shaping Religious Experience at the Museum of the Bible

April 1st, 2015

Meredith Ross My first course in my Master’s program in Library and Information Science was taught by a specialist in museum studies. He’d worked extensively with curators to create online exhibits for various museums over the years, and he told us that, in his experience, museum curators dislike nothing so much as they dislike online

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