Matthew Mitchell Wins Dissertation Prize

Friday, May 26, 2017
Matthew Mitchell has been awarded a Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize, given for the best doctoral dissertation on East Asian Buddhism for academic years 2014-2016.  The Selection Committee chose his dissertation, “Beyond the Convent Walls: The Local and Japan-wide Activities of... Read More »

Stephen Chapman's book awarded "2016 reference book of the year"

Friday, May 26, 2017
Dr. Stephen B. Chapman has won an award from the Academy of Parish Clergy for his book 1 Samuel as Christian Scripture: A Theological Commentary. A recording of the interview with Eerdman's can be found here and you can read more information about his award here

More Than 1,000 Faith Leaders Say No Thanks To Trump’s Planned ‘Religious Liberty’ Order

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
By Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday on “religious liberty.” According to White House officials, the order could either offer protections to individuals and organizations who discriminate against members of the LGBTQ... Read More »

Religion is alive and thriving in officially atheist China

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
By The World Staff, PRI The communists who took the reins in China in 1949 viewed religion as backward and superstitious. Authorities did their best to wipe out religious life. And by the end of the 1970s, they'd been very successful. "There were basically no functioning places of worship in... Read More »

Why Religion Is More Durable Than Commonly Thought In Modern Society

Friday, April 28, 2017
By Tom Gjelten, NPR Here is a proposition that may seem self-evident to many people: As societies become more modern, religion loses its grip. People separate their religion from their institutions and from parts of their lives. Sociologists have a name for this idea. They call it the "... Read More »

In Surprise TED Talk, Pope Francis Asks The Powerful For 'Revolution Of Tenderness'

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Laurel Wamsley, NPR The annual TED conference is known for featuring impressive speakers. Attendees at this year's event in Vancouver have seen Serena Williams and Jorge Ramos, futurists and artificial intelligence experts, health activists and the ACLU's executive director. But on Tuesday... Read More »

US commission: Russia a major violator of religious freedom

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service (RNS) The State Department should add Russia to its list of the worst violators of religious freedom, a U.S. commission declared in its annual report. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, founded to advise the federal government on... Read More »

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Elie Wiesel on what makes us moral

Monday, April 24, 2017
Minnesota Public Radio News The late Elie Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner who remained firm in his belief that we simply cannot be indifferent to the suffering of others. Wiesel was born in 1928 in a village in Transylvania. He was 15 years old when he and his... Read More »

No other artist mixed religion and sex like Prince

Thursday, April 20, 2017
By Kimberly Watson, Religion News Service (RNS) When Prince died a year ago, he was called a game changer, an iconoclast, an innovator and a sex god by critics, fellow musicians, friends and fans. But one word lost in the grief and shock was “Christian.” Prince Rogers Nelson, whose 40... Read More »

Is Your Pastor Sexist?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
By Julia Baird, New York Times SYDNEY, Australia — The fight among Christians over the status and role of women is usually buried out of view. Anger at continuing inequality is not deemed pious or pretty by the faithful. Disputes usually stay private. But this pattern was broken recently by a... Read More »