Thank You

Thank you to all who made the Spring 2015 national meeting and celebration of Westar’s 30th anniversary such a success! We are excited to announce a number of new initiatives:

  • Contribute to a new $30,000 challenge grant
  • Nominate yourself or someone you know for the inaugural Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Religious Literacy
  • Join the Young Leaders in Religion Forum

As always, you can read and share reports on all national meeting sessions on the Westar blog.


How We Talk about Religion Matters

Religion Scholars Team up with the Public to State the Problem Plainly

Press Release | March 2, 2015

It matters how we talk about religion. It shapes the way we understand pressing social problems from terrorism to gay marriage to end-of-life choices. A change in the way we talk about religion can lead to unexpected breakthroughs—good and bad. On March 18–21, 2015, experts in religion, philosophy, and theology, from across North America, will meet with interested members of the public to address misunderstandings about religion created by modern and ancient rhetoric. This national meeting of the Westar Institute—titled “Tales of Power, Tales of Sorrow: Critical Questions about Religious Rhetoric”—will convene at the Flamingo Resort Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, California. All events are open to the public.

Read the full release


New Book by Bernard Brandon Scott

The Real PaulThe Real Paul
Recovering His Radical Voice

“… An engaging all-out attack on the Augustinian-Lutheran reading of Paul and his letters. The Real Paul gives new interpretations to what it meant for Paul to be called as the apostle to the Gentiles and takes Paul’s claims seriously …” —Stanley K. Stowers, Brown University
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Save the Date! Fall 2015 Meeting

The Fall 2015 Meeting will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Hyatt Regency in conjunction with the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Friday, November 20th, through Tuesday, November 24th. Program details are coming soon!


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