The Bible and Race in the USA: Dating Human Worth

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For many Christians, the season of Advent is a time to reevaluate what is worthwhile in the world. The idea is that at season's end, the birth of Christ brings a new formulation of life's fundamentals. Jesus didn't come to abolish the law  but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). The gospel becomes an accounting of who and … Continue reading The Bible and Race in the USA: Dating Human Worth

Thoughts on the State of our Disunion

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Today, we can speak casually of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Many of us are not required to think about, really think about, the effects of three hundred-plus years of “writing on backs” that lead to the movement. We are removed from the economic realities and social injustices that lit the fire for that movement. Anyone who has not had to come to terms with the persistence of that writing on the backs is not likely to feel the sense of urgency that racism in this country ought to stir in all of us.

The Bible, Race, and Indigeneity: A Response

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Andie Alexander closes out our series on indigeneity--part of a conversation on "The Bible and Race in the USA." See the rest of the discussion to explore other contexts and analyses. I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to read these essays which explored issues of race, scripture, and religion by analyzing discourses around issues of spirituality, indigeneity, and identity … Continue reading The Bible, Race, and Indigeneity: A Response

Going through the Emotions: Islamic Calligraphy in a Public School

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Richard Newton began our series, “Words to Mean By,” with a look at the inner workings of truth-making. Our next installment is a case study in the seemingly volatile nature of a text deemed “religious.” In the example below, parents at an American public high school balk at the secular study of Islamic calligraphy because the … Continue reading Going through the Emotions: Islamic Calligraphy in a Public School

The Tenure of Scriptures: Interpreting Wheaton College (Illinois)

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Do Christians and Muslims worship the same god? The answer matters at Wheaton, but why does the question?