Category: Stephen Prothero

Do Liberals Always Win? An Interview with Stephen Prothero

December 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Stephen Prothero 0 comments

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Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

On October 23, Stephen Prothero spoke at Washington University in St. Louis as part of the Danforth Distinguished Lectures, sponsored by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics…

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How ‘The Colbert Report’ Has Given a ‘Bump’ to Academic Guests

December 10th, 2014 in 2014, Chronicle of Higher Education, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Stephen Prothero 0 comments

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Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

While in character as a pompous and self-aggrandizing TV host, Stephen Colbert has invited a steady stream of academics to his show, The Colbert Report, to scold and ridicule them…

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“What he really cares about, I think, is learning, and education.”

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Islam isn’t about good vs. bad: Column

October 13th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Stephen Prothero, USA Today 0 comments

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By Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

It looks like we are having another Muslim moment…

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Religious knowledge vital in ‘furiously religious’ world, experts say

September 6th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Stephen Prothero 0 comments

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Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

The noise level in the ballroom rose sharply as a group of about 30 students began discussing one of the hot-button issues of our time — religion…

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“There’s a lot of secular people or post-religious people in the United States, but the world is still furiously religious. So if you want to understand the world, you need to understand what motivates so many people, and what motivates many of them is their religious beliefs.”

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Hobby Lobby Bible course objective? Column

May 11th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Stephen Prothero, USA Today 0 comments

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By Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

On April 14, the school board in Mustang, Okla., voted to institute an elective Bible course. This is not news. More than a thousand U.S. public schools offer Bible as literature courses. But the curriculum for the Mustang course was developed by Steve Green, president of the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby craft store chain, which is committed, according to its website, to “honoring the Lord in all we do.”…

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Opinion: On Easter, Jesus’ Evolution Tells of Changing America

April 20th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, National Geographic, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Stephen Prothero 0 comments

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By Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

Every year, in the Christian calendar, Jesus is born (on Christmas), dies (on Good Friday), and rises from the dead (on Easter). But the popular persona of Jesus has also been born and born again over the course of American history…

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Liberty versus liberty: religious freedom bills trouble gay rights supporters

February 25th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Stephen Prothero 0 comments

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Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

As Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer weighs a decision whether to sign a bill strengthening the state’s religious liberty protections for individuals and businesses, her state is one of several wrestling with a balance between religious liberty and anti-discrimination laws…

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“If the state or federal government decides this discrimination is not constitutional, the issue of conscience is not going to carry the day. That’s what all religious liberty law (cases) at the Supreme Court level (are) all about: balancing the rights of the individual versus the state.”

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Hindu fundamentalists vs. Hinduism: Column

February 23rd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Stephen Prothero, USA Today 0 comments

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By Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

After the egging, the pulping. In London in 2003, a protester threw an egg at University of Chicago Sanskrit scholar Wendy Doniger, who was lecturing on the popular Hindu epic the Ramayana

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A Cage-Fighting Christ for Our Time

December 13th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Stephen Prothero, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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By Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

Are the culture wars over?…

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Navy Yard shooting puts Buddhism in spotlight: Column

September 18th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Stephen Prothero, USA Today 0 comments

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By Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

When we think of Buddhism we don’t usually think of a man with a gun…

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