Category: Stephen Prothero

Religion scholars’ risky role

Times Union Stephen Prothero The cameras are rolling! Cue the religion scholar to compress centuries of religious history into a sound bite, elucidate complex theology in eight-word sentences — and guard against stereotyping… Expert quote: “Popular entertainment media stress ‘the opposite of what is rewarded in academia, where you burrow into arcane and narrow subjects.’” […]

Cue the scholar: Experts help religion along path to big, small screens

Houston Chronicle Stephen Prothero Quick! The cameras are rolling! Cue the religion scholar to compress centuries of religious history into a sound bite, elucidate complex theology in eight-word sentences – and guard against any stereotyping… Expert quote: “It’s like reading a haiku and saying, ‘Gee, it would be great if it were just two lines […]

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 […]