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In wake of Ferguson, Dane County's black churches seek more involvement : Wsj
The clergy group did not shy away from Brown’s role as the suspect in a theft, instead acknowledging problems with crime that face black communities and using it as an opportunity to push its main message that more black parents and guardians should raise their children with the added support of the church.
Conservative Christians Split on Common Core
Conservative Christians—and conservatives in general—are hardly a unified voting bloc when it comes to the controversial issue of the Common Core. (TIME)
The Kids Aren't Alright, and Neither is the School
‘Kidnapped for Christ’ investigates a boarding school (The New York Times)
Montessori Schools Surge in Popularity Among New Generation of Jewish Parents -
"Arguing that the traditional Jewish day-school model they grew up with is outmoded and too clannish for 21st-century Judaism, a new generation of parents and educators are flocking to Montessori preschools and elementary schools that combine secular studies with Torah and Hebrew lessons."
Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board
The Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science books for use in classrooms across the state but held up one biology text because of alleged factual errors. (Associated Press)
Supreme Court rules firing justified for teacher accused of advancing religion in classroom
But the court held that the district’s orders that he put away the personal Bible he kept on his desk violated his First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and therefore would not have been sufficient cause to fire him. (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Oh.)
Amid Questions, Town Welcomes a New College
Local support for a new Christian college in Dutchess County, north of New York City, is strong, despite the release of a unflattering article about its founder, David Jang. (The New York Times)
The Religious Dorm at the Public University
At Troy University in Alabama, a new residence hall caters to students who want an experience infused with religion, but some scholars see a conflict with the Constitution. (The New York Times)
The Promise of Religious Colleges
Though they may seem vulnerable amid the threats of higher ed "disruption," this time could be a propitious one for America's colleges of faith (Thomas Albert Howard, Inside Higher Ed)
Charter Schools in Churches a Focus of Praise, Concerns
Charter schools with ties to faith-based organizations have cropped up across Texas. Proponents say that's a result of smart budgeting, but critics have concerns about oversight and worry that faith-based instruction could enter some classrooms. (The Texas Tribune)
  • Duke University reverses decision, cancels weekly Muslim call to prayer - The Washington Post
    Omid Safi, director of Duke’s Islamic Studies Center, said Thursday evening that the call to prayer was scaled back because of “a number of credible threats against Muslim students, faculty and staff.” The school, he said “is treating this as a criminal matter” and that the threats are “external.”
    Christian should lead Christians: Column - USA Today
    University officials and state lawmakers should reconsider, and not merely for the sake of InterVarsity. In addition to the freedom from discrimination, there are other relevant freedoms to factor: freedom of religion, freedom of association and our freedom to exercise common sense.
    Biblical-Era Collections Suffer in a New World of Archaeology
    With slim funding and artifacts being harder to obtain, small museums connected with religious-affiliated schools struggle to maintain their appeal (The New York Times)
  • A Town, if Not a Painting, Is Restored
    Grief at a botched retouching of a church fresco has turned to gratitude for divine intervention — the blessing of free publicity — that has made Borja, Spain, a magnet for thousands of curious tourists. (The New York Times)
    ETS meeting: 'Southern Baptists everywhere'
    Southern Baptists' transition from a small minority in ETS to a leading group within the world's largest society of evangelical scholars is both a result of the Southern Baptist Convention's conservative resurgence and part of a larger trend of Southern Baptists participating in the broader evangelical world, Melick and others said. (BP)
    Karen Armstrong's Fields of Blood: Is Religion Inherently Violent? - The Atlantic
    Although "religious" violence has always had a political element, she argues, the political nature of warfare—even in wars with putatively religious justifications—has become even more pronounced in contemporary history.
  • Scientists seek religious experience – in subjects' brains
    Neuroscientists hope to find out how believers' brains experience religious moments (Los Angeles Times)
    Eric Metaxas: Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God - WSJ
    As factors continued to be discovered, the number of possible planets hit zero, and kept going. In other words, the odds turned against any planet in the universe supporting life, including this one.
    Religious or not, we all misbehave
    People who had identified themselves as religious or nonreligious when they registered for a newly published study study committed both moral and immoral deeds with “comparable frequency,” researchers said (Science)
  • The Atlantic - You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution
    According to a new report by Calvin College assistant professor Jonathan Hill, many Americans do not think it's that important to have the "correct beliefs" on the origins of human life. His research was funded by the BioLogos Foundation, a pro-evolution, Christian organization founded by National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins. "It’s important to know that a large portion of the population is unsure about their beliefs, and there is a large portion of the population that doesn’t care," Hill said in an interview.
    Is There Room in the Middle?
    Acceptance of evolutionary creation is moving forward, not backward. (Patheos)
    Meet the Prizewinning Catholic Biologist Creationists Can’t Stand
    He described himself in the PBS “Evolution” series as simply a “traditional” Catholic, one who has not had to abandon or distort his beliefs to accommodate his other passion: evolutionary biology. (The Daily Beast)
  • Home Schooling: More Pupils, Less Regulation - The New York Times
    Eleven states do not require families to register with any school district or state agency that they are teaching their children at home, according to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, a nonprofit group that is pushing for more accountability in home schooling. Fourteen states do not specify any subjects that families must teach, and only nine states require that parents have at least a high school diploma or equivalent in order to teach their children. In half the states, children who are taught at home never have to take a standardized test or be subject to any sort of formal outside assessment.
    China’s Christian Education Today
    Looking at the emerging Chinese Christian education movement, including church involvement and parents' perspectives. (ChinaSource)
    European Effort to Control Unofficial Religious Groups, Homeschooling Disarmed
    Groups defending the right for European religious families to home school has won a battle this month in the Council of Europe.
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