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Religious Studies

Scholars of Religion Gather for Annual Meeting

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Six years ago at the AAR/SBL it amazed me that no one was talking about declining participation in American Christianity. Now I feel like we are part of a larger conversation about how the church can reach a new generation.

Satan's Birthday: A Brief Discussion on Halloween and Christianity

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

So Satan's Birthday is coming up and I wanted to talk to an expert about it. Here's the transcript of a conversation I recently had with a Religious Studies professor about Halloween and the Christians who hate/boycott/are afraid of it.

Urim and Thummim

Roger Isaacs | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Roger Isaacs

There are many ideas about the purpose and function of the ephod's urim and thummim, but the Bible says little. The urim are mentioned a grand total of four times in the Five Books of Moses and only three more times elsewhere.

Paul the Jew as Founder of Christianity?

James D. Tabor | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
James D. Tabor

The notion that Christianity depends on "grace" and Judaism on "works" is a terribly unfortunate misunderstanding of Judaism. What divides Paul from Judaism is his insistence that God's justifying forgiveness is only extended to those who accept his Christ faith.

Student Graduates With Degree in Secular Studies

Phil Zuckerman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Phil Zuckerman

Three months ago, on May 18, 2013, William Holt, of Nashville, Tennessee, graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in secular studies -- making him the first student in the United States to graduate with such a major.

Is Nothing Sacred?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

A good question to ask is whether there are some religious beliefs and practices that are off limits to any analysis whatsoever.

Why I Haven't Dropped Out Of Seminary

Todd Clayton | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Todd Clayton

A month in to my program, after preliminarily discerning that I don't want to work in a church, I started a love affair with my Google search bar: "What can you do with an M.Div. if you don't want to be a pastor?"

Affirmative Action And The 'Critical Mass' Of Diversity In Religious Studies Departments

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Should affirmative action principles and practices help to form an ideal intellectual community and achieve a critical mass in religious studies departments? Should a department of religious studies have "equal representation" in the so-called world's religions?

Religious Education Should Not Be An Oxymoron

Charles Negy, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2012 | College
Charles Negy, Ph.D.

Why not provide children with a religious education? Explain to children that many people have different ideas or perspectives about the origin of life, why we're here, the afterlife, and so on.

What Atheism Lacks: Humility, Imagination, Curiosity

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 08.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

The heart of liberalism is recognizing the pluralistic nature of the human condition and devising a political system that enables us to live democratically with religious and political differences.

Who Speaks For Religion?

Thomas David DuBois | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Thomas David DuBois

There is no shortage of important questions about religion. Lots of people will weigh in on these questions--but who should we actually believe?

College Adds Secular Studies Program As Part Of Growing Trend

Posted 10.04.2011 | Religion

By Kimberly Winston c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Almost every major college and university offers a degree in religious studies. But secula...