Category: Stephen Prothero

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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New pope, new era, few changes: Column

March 14th, 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

Less than an hour after white smoke went up over St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Wednesday, indicating that the College of Cardinals had agreed on a new pope, Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was announced as Pope Francis and a curtain went up on a new era in Roman Catholic history…

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New world, new pope: How will Francis lead his church?

March 14th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Stephen Prothero, USA Today 0 comments

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The world has a new pope. And this pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, now simply Francis, has to confront a new world…

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“The church needs change to survive, and it seems incapable of doing anything to ensure its survival.”

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U.S. Catholics hopeful, but wary, of new Pope Francis

March 14th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Stephen Prothero, USA Today 0 comments

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Pope Francis’ significance for the U.S. church is a mixed picture…

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“How much energy and time is this guy going to have? He looked to me frightened when he stood on the balcony, and he has reason to be. He has a church clamoring for reform and the institution around him is committed to the status quo. The church needs change to survive, and it seems incapable of doing anything to ensure its own survival.”

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