Category: School of Theology

Amid Unrest, Boston Leaders Visit Ferguson

August 25th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Pamela Lightsey, School of Theology, WBUR 0 comments

Pamela Lightsey, School of Theology

Among the thousands of people in Ferguson, Mo., for a funeral Monday morning are some religious and community leaders from Boston. They’re in Ferguson for the funeral of Michael Brown — the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by police…

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“This is about systemic racism. And I think until our country fixes systemic racism these kinds of protests are going to keep happening.”

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The Church of England doesn’t want you to worry about the devil

July 15th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, PRI Public Radio International, Robert Allan Hill, School of Theology 0 comments

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Robert Allan Hill, School of Theology, Marsh Chapel

The idea of the devil has a long history in Christian theology and scripture. But in a bid to broaden its message, the Church of England has decided to nix any mention of the evil one from its religious services…

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“It’s quite important at baptism and otherwise for the church to uphold its realistic view of evil in the world. If the figure of the devil or Satan becomes so inexplicable to people that they can toss it off without having to be really confronted with the issue.”

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Boston churches finding second life as condos

May 28th, 2014 in 2014, Nancy Ammerman, Newsmakers, School of Theology 0 comments

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Nancy Ammerman, School of Theology

There’s no doubt the real estate is on the rebound in Roxbury. In February, a triple-decker on Whiting Street sold for $730,000. And earlier this month a single family home on Waumbeck Street reportedly received an offer of $480,000…

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“Attendance numbers, however, are not the whole story in the number of empty church buildings. That is also about shifting populations. People who used to live in working class neighborhoods in cities moved to the suburbs, and new populations moved into those neighborhoods. Those populations, often immigrants, might or might not have the same religious traditions. They, in turn, start new churches and mosques and temples. Some of them take over the old church and synagogue buildings.”

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Why religious tensions are spiking around the globe

January 18th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Christian Science Monitor, Dana Robert, Newsmakers, School of Theology 0 comments

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Dana Robert, School of Theology, Center for Global Christianity and Mission

Global religious hostilities, including government restrictions on how individuals can practice their faith and conflicts between communities of different faiths, reached a six-year high in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center…

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“When you are looking at the failure of a nation state, people are searching for meaning that is broader, larger, and more robust than the failure that they experience from their own government. So religion represents a very flexible set of traditions that one can draw upon in times of stress. It’s no surprise that what starts off looking like a secular, moderate set of changes, becomes deeper and more and more religious if the change doesn’t happen in the way that people need.”

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On Thanksgiving: Gratitude for champions of civil rights

November 26th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Theology, Walter Fluker 0 comments

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By Walter Fluker, School of Theology

Thanksgiving is a composite of memories…

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POV: BU Continues to Reflect Its Methodist Origins

November 4th, 2013 in 2013, BU Today, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Robert Allan Hill, School of Theology 0 comments

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By Robert Allan Hill, School of Theology, Marsh Chapel

The scene: a beautiful, sun-dappled Friday on Marsh Plaza…

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Faith makes a TV comeback

September 26th, 2013 in 2013, Bryan Stone, Christian Science Monitor, Newsmakers, School of Theology 0 comments

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Bryan Stone, School of Theology

From snake handlers to trivia buffs, entertainment with religious overtones has gilded the fall TV lineup with the renewals of such ratings-busting shows as “The American Bible Challenge” (GSN), now in its third season, and the return of “Breaking Amish: L.A.,” including a bonus reunion event (TLC)…

Expert quote:

“Consumer culture may render a religious tradition more accessible, but our relationship to that tradition remains one of ‘shoppers’ and ‘consumers’ who engage [with it] as a disposable commodity.”

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Leader of Southern Baptist seminary marks 20 years, helped make school more conservative

September 2nd, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, Nancy Ammerman, Newsmakers, School of Theology 0 comments

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Nancy Ammerman, School of Theology

For the last 20 years, Albert Mohler has led the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention, restoring it to more conservative principals even though it meant purging faculty who were out of step with his beliefs…

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Religious vs. spiritual: Study says the truly ‘spiritual but not religious’ are hard to find

August 16th, 2013 in 2013, Nancy Ammerman, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Theology 0 comments

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Nancy Ammerman, School of Theology

The term “spiritual but not religious” has, over the last decade, evolved from an academic definition to a widely used label for people who have abandoned traditional congregations in favor of a more solitary form of belief and worship…

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“People who occupy this spiritual-but-not-religious category are really few and far between if you look at what people believe and practice. You have to ask people what are they trying to tell us when they talk about themselves that way.”

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Do you really need church?

August 16th, 2013 in 2013, Huffington Post, Nancy Ammerman, Newsmakers, School of Theology 0 comments

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Nancy Ammerman, School of Theology

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