Come Sunday: Biblical Literalism and Religious Tribalism

“Come Sunday” — produced by Ira Glass with This American Life and Netflix — is the true story of the successful preacher, evangelist, and revivalist Carlton Pearson. He led a mega-church in Oklahoma founded on fundamentalist, evangelical teachings, but came to the conclusion in the early 2000’s that Hell is not real and began preaching [...]

Westar on the Road Wins Wilbur Award for Excellence in Communicating Religious Faith

We are excited to announce that our Westar on the Road video won a Wilbur Award for excellence in communicating religious faith.  The video conveys the history, values, and goals of Westar as we enhance our commitment to advancing religious literacy. Read more about our video and the award here.

Trumpism is a wake-up call to the Academy

It’s time to wake up . . . We have to fight against propaganda and crackpot conspiracy theories. We have to fight isolationism, protectionism and nativism. We have to defeat those who would worsen our divisions. We have to remind our sons and daughters that we became the most powerful nation on earth by tearing [...]

Lent and Easter Resources

Westar's mission is to bridge the gap between religious scholarship and culture. To that end, we've put together a list of resources for those preaching, teaching, leading -- or just wanting deeper exposition -- during the season of Lent and Easter. Our list includes some brand-new material as well as past books, articles, blog posts, [...]

Divided Jerusalem

Donald Trump’s projected proposal to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has been resoundingly rejected by the United Nations General Assembly in spite of Trump’s bullying tactics to cut off American aid to those countries which did not follow his lead.