Theology, religious studies at risk at UK universities, British Academy warns

May 30, 2019 by

By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post: Theology and religious studies in British higher education is suffering a major decline, according to an educational group that specializes in humanities and social sciences. The London-based British Academy recently released a report titled “Theology and Religious Studies Provision in U.K. Higher Education,” which found that there were approximately 6,500 fewer students enrolled in theology and religious studies courses in higher education during the...

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Coming Out of the Closet

May 25, 2019 by

by Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine: On ‘coming out’ as a Conservative … […]  There are friends from those days before I came so thoroughly out of the closet who no longer speak to me. There is Blake, one of my closest friends in Washington, D.C., and now a big deal in Hollywood. He won’t even talk to me. I tracked down Mitch, a political mentor in leftist politics from university and Washington DC days, and he told me, “Don’t ever contact me again.” He was the one who...

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The Ties That Bind: mapping faith and family

May 24, 2019 by

by Jason S Carroll, MercatorNet: Is faith a global force for good or ill in the family? Does religion foster solidarity—or fuel conflict and inequality? Today’s headlines suggest the answer is “yes” to both. Yes, as Emile Durkheim taught us, religion can be and is a force for solidarity, but at the same time, as Max Weber taught us, religion can be and is also a force for conflict and inequality. In the 2019 World Family Map, we consider a more specific question: is religion a force for good...

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Faith, Family, and the Future of Europe

May 12, 2019 by

By Joseph Pearce, The Imaginative Conservative: The natives are restless. Across Europe resistance to the imperialism of the European Union is rising. Take Poland, for instance. Since the election to power of the populist and patriotic Law and Justice (PiS) party in 2015, the Polish people have flexed their political muscles. Refusing to genuflect before the power of the Euro-Empire and its dictatorial directives, the Polish government has resolutely resisted the EU’s demands that Poland open...

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Students are increasingly turning to religious leaders for mental health support

May 12, 2019 by

by Matthew Guest, Christian Today: High rates of mental ill health among students, including some tragic cases of suicide, have highlighted the vulnerability of many young people facing the pressures of higher education while away from home for the first time. University leaders have affirmed their commitment to strengthening student support, and counselling services are busier than ever. But one resource is often overlooked: chaplaincy. Chaplains are representatives of religion or belief...

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The Warfare between Science and Religion: The idea that wouldn’t die

Apr 30, 2019 by

from Theos: Nick Spencer reviews ‘The Warfare between Science and Religion: The idea that wouldn’t die’, published by John Hopkins University Press. 29.04.2019. Over the last few months I have been working with the BBC Religion and Ethics department in recording a major new series on the history of science and religion, to be broadcast on Radio 4 in June. The idea for the series had been chasing me around for years. The popular view of science and religion is that they have long been in...

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