Category: Stephen Prothero

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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A Church That Embraces All Religions and Rejects ‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’

July 12th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers, Stephen Prothero 0 comments

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Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

Clad in proper Pacific Northwest flannel, toting a flask of “rocket fuel” coffee typical of Starbucks’ home turf, Steven Greenebaum rolled his Prius into a middle school parking lot one Sunday morning last month…

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“This strikes me as a kind of institutionalization of a very strong trend. It’s the idea that all religions are different paths up the mountain, and when you get to the top of the mountain you find compassion. But one reason we have different religions is that we have different rituals and different beliefs. Those are not insignificant. So for all religions to be one religion, you need to elide all the elements that were central to religion in the past: the hajj to Mecca, Jesus dying on the cross, whatever it might be. You’ve got to turn these first principles into last principles.”

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My Take: Town prayers need less Jesus, more Krishna

May 21st, 2013 in 2013, CNN.com, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Stephen Prothero 0 comments

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By Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

At first glance, it would seem that the town of Greece, New York, has been brazenly violating the First Amendment…

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My Take: Nothing wrong with Nazi assignment

April 13th, 2013 in 2013, CNN.com, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Stephen Prothero 0 comments

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By Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

School officials in Albany, New York, are racing to control the damage after a teacher at Albany High School gave students a persuasive writing assignment that challenged them to defend the proposition that “Jews are evil.”…

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My Take: The Empathy President gives an empathy speech

March 24th, 2013 in 2013, CNN.com, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Stephen Prothero 0 comments

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By Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

In religious studies courses, professors often try to get their students to see the world through Hindu eyes or to walk a few miles in the shoes of a Confucian…

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