Category: School of Theology

Southern Baptist Trying to Reach a “Slightly Broader Base”

June 20th, 2013 in 2013, Nancy Ammerman, Newsmakers, School of Theology 0 comments

Nancy Ammerman, School of Theology

A researcher who’s written extensively about the Tennessee based Southern Baptist Convention says the nation’s largest protestant denomination is trying to broaden its appeal to a wider segment of the population…

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“More recently they’ve been broadening their concern into areas of human trafficking, prison reform, and other kinds of issues that take them I think into a slightly broader base in the population.”

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Chris Broussard and Jason Collins: It’s okay to be gay, and Christian

May 9th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Pamela Lightsey, School of Theology, Washington Post 0 comments

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Co-written by Pamela Lightsey, School of Theology

This week, Jason Collins came out as a black, gay, professional basketball player in Sports Illustrated…

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Take Me Out to the Movies

April 5th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, School of Theology, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Christopher Evans, School of Theology

Baseball movies are the land of the cliché and the home of the brave, and that’s why we love them…

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“The idea that everything else about America is crazy, but you have this beautiful Iowa cornfield, and everything here is timeless.”

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Scholars debate what Bible says about sex

March 1st, 2013 in 2013, Jennifer Wright Knust, Newsmakers, School of Theology 0 comments

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Jennifer Wright Knust, School of Theology

Prostitution. Polygamy. Premarital sex. And that’s just the Old Testament…

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“The Bible, however, is a diverse collection of books written over the course of about 1,000 years by human actors living in circumstances that changed dramatically…  As such, the Bible cannot be expected to offer a single or consistent message on anything, including sex, even if some of us do regard this collection as divinely inspired, as I do.”

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Episcopalians put a new public face on Ash Wednesday

February 14th, 2013 in 2013, Elizabeth Parsons, Newsmakers, School of Theology 0 comments

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Elizabeth Parsons, School of Theology

Every year on Ash Wednesday, Gale Murphy of South Portland gets her forehead marked with a cross of palm ash…

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“This is who Jesus was. Jesus was with the people.”

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Making black history for gay rights

February 6th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Pamela Lightsey, School of Theology, Washington Post 0 comments

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By Pamela Lightsey, School of Theology

Last spring when President Barack Obama announced his “evolving” support for marriage equality, many conservative groups were confident it would woo black voters to their side and ultimately deliver a death-blow to the president’s reelection bid…

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300 remember King, look to future at Natick breakfast

January 22nd, 2013 in 2013, MetroWest Daily News, Newsmakers, School of Theology, Walter Fluker 0 comments

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Walter Fluker, School of Theology

Speakers at Greater Framingham Community Church’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial breakfast urged the next generation of leaders to keep qualities such as courage and compassion in mind as they begin to shape the world…

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Push for Mormon women to wear pants to church

December 12th, 2012 in 2012, Associated Press, Nancy Ammerman, Newsmakers, School of Theology 0 comments

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Nancy Ammerman, School of Theology

A feminist Mormon group is urging women to ditch their skirts and wear pants to church this weekend in a show of solidarity for women’s equality, using a Facebook page that became a forum for vigorous debate Wednesday…

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Scandal Hints at Decline of U.S. Denominations

October 27th, 2012 in 2012, Nancy Ammerman, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Theology 0 comments

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Nancy Ammerman, School of Theology

When World magazine, an evangelical Christian publication, reported last week that Dinesh D’Souza, the outspoken conservative and president of the King’s College, a small Christian liberal arts institution in Manhattan, had checked into a South Carolina motel with a woman who was not his wife, the first obvious question was how a smart man could do something so ill-considered…

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Religion in America

October 21st, 2012 in 2012, Boston Public Radio, Nancy Ammerman, Newsmakers, School of Theology 0 comments

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Nancy Ammerman, School of Theology

Callie Crossley speaks with Nancy Ammerman, Professor of Sociology of Religion at Boston University, and writer Jeff Sharlet to dissect a new Pew poll showing that 20% of Americans now identify as nonreligious…

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