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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Ever since I saw the photo of the kneeling James Foley, dressed in orange clothes in the desert sand, with the black-clothed and veiled executioner standing with a knife in his left hand behind him, I feel again haunted by the fundamentalist Islamic sense of primal drama. This newest image, too, captures the imagination of apocalyptic horror movies, just like the 9/11 moments of the two planes flying into the twin towers. These are archetypical scenes, static and unchanging d More >
This past weekend, Michael Brown – another young and unarmed black man, was murdered. By the police. In response, his community of #ferguson, Missouri responded en masse. The predominantly African American community has taken to the streets and given voice and body to the shared grief, indescribable outrage, and deep wounds suffered by African American communities across America. More >
If I were a member of Congress (now there’s an idea for a second career) I would hire a religion major on my staff. Actually, I would hire someone trained in feminist studies in religion because I think such people have a strong handle on what is happening around the globe. More >
By Patricia Miller The best part working on my book Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church was learning about the “foremothers” of the Catholic reproductive rights movement. Some of these women, like Rosemary Radford Ruether and Mary Daly, are well known. Others less so. One of these women, Elizabeth “Betty” Farians (1923–2013), passed away recently, leading me to reflect on the contributions of this pioneering woman. More >
Call for Applications: Fellowships for Threatened Scholars Organization: Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund Deadline: 1 August 2014 (N.B. Applications can be taken at any time in cases of emergency) Official Posting (via http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Calls-for-Participation2/Fellowships-fo...): More >
In the past, I've shared my thoughts about celebrating Mother's Day. Today, I find myself considering very similar gender based issues on Father's Day. In a single thought, I'm not a fan of Hallmark Holidays that reinforce gender divisions. Instead, I hope we can use these moments to reflect more deeply on the moral act of parenting and raising children. Parenting, as a moral act, is best characterized as stewardship. More >