The creationism versus evolution debate when discussed in an educational setting does not occur exclusively in the United States. On June 12, 2012, the science journal Nature reported the “successful” petition by the Society for Textbook Revise (STR) to remove references to evolution from high school textbooks in South Korea. More >
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The streets of one of our cities have erupted in violent rioting in response to another death of a young Black man at the hands of the local police force. This time, the city is Baltimore and the death was due to a spinal cord injury while in police custody. We are caught, all of us, in what seems like a senseless spiral of violence begetting violence begetting violence. We are caught because the anger that erupts is not due to only a current event, but due to decades of inequities in many of our cities. In this case, there are two Baltimores—one that is gentrified More >
I was drawn to the academic discipline of ethics because it was about making moral claims, calling for actions, and evaluating the impact of current and past social and religious structures. Doing Christian ethics, I thought, could be synonymous with activism. However, as I spend more and more time in front of a computer or in a classroom it becomes more and more difficult to convince myself that being an ethicist makes me an activist. The same might be true about my identity as a feminist academic. Is writing and teaching from a feminist perspective automatically activism? More >
I rarely find it difficult to teach about Sodomy. Recent events here in Indiana have, unfortunately, made this biblical story even more relevant. More >
Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Does it make you reflect on God? More >
I appreciate the steadfastness of colleagues in religion who have maintained our feminist/womanist/mujerista commitments despite the changing fortunes of feminism in the public arena. I was heartened to read Alexandra Petri’s piece “Disentangling feminism from the fad of feminism” (Washington Post, Jan. 3, 2015.) in which she assured readers that “we should not be relying on” definitions given by celebrities, many of whom now claim to be feminists. More >