Category: Stephen Prothero

Column: Teaching students to appreciate a world of religions and resist intolerance

PBS Newshour Stephen Prothero, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “Events like the closing of schools in Virginia’s Augusta County over a world history lesson about Islam in 2015, or the common misconception that Sikhs are Muslims, illustrate the importance of teaching religion in public schools — and some of the controversies that come with […]

Huston Smith, Author of ‘The World’s Religions,’ Dies at 97

New York Times Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences Huston Smith, a renowned scholar of religion who pursued his own enlightenment in Methodist churches, Zen monasteries and even Timothy Leary’s living room, died on Friday at his home in Berkeley, Calif… Expert quote: “It is the most important book in comparative religious studies ever.” […]

Academia wrestles anew with how freely words can flow

Boston Globe Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences When the University of Chicago recently came out against the use of so-called “trigger warnings,” saying they represented a danger to campus free speech, it represented something of a rarity… Expert quote: “The [fear] is that ‘Oh, God, all of a sudden we have censorship at […]

How Trigger Warnings Silence Religious Students

The Atlantic Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences Last week, the University of Chicago’s dean of students sent a welcome letter to freshmen decrying trigger warnings and safe spaces—ways for students to be warned about and opt out of exposure to potentially challenging material… Expert quote: As the Boston University professor Stephen Prothero put […]

Christian tourism: When business and religion collide

Cincinnati Enquirer Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences In less than two weeks, tourists can board a life-sized recreation of Noah’s Ark in northern Kentucky, a tourist attraction advertised as the closest to the legendary ship of the Bible that modern civilization can build… Expert quote: “When it comes to evangelism, there is always a tension between being […]

Trump’s Indiana win raises unsettling questions for GOP

Christian Science Monitor Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Tuesday, winning the Indiana primary as Ted Cruz dropped out. It punctuates the power of the populist rebellion against the GOP elite… View full article quoting expert Stephen Prothero