Category: School of Theology

Baptist upbringing inspires sociologist’s study of SBC controversy, American faith

Baptist News Global Nancy Ammerman Sociologist Nancy Ammerman’s first book was about Bible-believing fundamentalists living in a modern world. That was in 1987… Expert quote: “My career as a sociologist studying religious communities started from being a preacher’s kid. My family’s theology was conservative enough that I could pass in a fundamentalist church. I could get […]

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.’” […]

Former NAACP president sees ties between past, current events at bus boycott celebration

Montgomery Advisor Cornell William Brooks In historic First Baptist Church, a Monday night tribute to Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott celebrated an important civil rights victory, while keeping one foot firmly rooted in the future… Expert quote: “If we look at what we learned in past, we’ve got to train, we’ve got to organize…Vote […]

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 […]

Repent And Believe In The Gospel! Over 300 Christian Theologians Challenge The Corruption Of U.S. Christianity

The Huffington Post Pamela Lightsey The Boston Declaration, condemning the abuse of the Christian faith by many conservatives today, was just written, signed and released by over 300 hundred Christian theologians attending the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, an annual meeting of nearly 10,000 professionals in religion… Expert quote: “We […]