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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.