The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

We are approaching 2017, the year that will mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation dated October 31, 1517. Although the information is conflicting, on that date Martin Luther either mailed a letter containing his 95 Theses to the Archbishop of Mainz or Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the Castle [...]

Testimony is personal, like two people having a heart-to-heart.

Testimony | Understanding Religion series

Testimony is a personal story that calls for a response. The rawness and intimacy of testimony give it enormous power: it is the very closeness of the story—“this happened to me”—that compels us to believe it. In this entry for the Understanding Religion series, we’ll look at… how testimony in religious settings works, why testimony [...]

Radical Theology

It’s a scene from the radical theology that might be: An elderly white philosopher collects the last of his papers and, perhaps bitter-sweetly, vacates his university office. In his seat, a forty-something young woman sits down with an electronic tablet and a well-inked journal. She’s of an indeterminate race; her features make any sort of [...]

What is religion? (Understanding Religion series)

What is religion? I'm sure we all wish that was an easier question to answer than it is in practice. Over the next few weeks I’ll be publishing an Understanding Religion series on the blog to introduce different ways of talking about and thinking about religion. I hope you find it helpful. I plan to cover [...]