What’s a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?

In this blog entry, Dr. Melody Green shares a couple of  her experiences as a college teacher dealing with a series of books that is now twenty years old and just as popular as it ever was.   Several years ago, when I was teaching a class called Foundations of Children’s Literature to future teachers at a public university, one of the required texts was a book from the Harry…

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Why should American Christians study World Religions?

By Dr. Mike McQueen While the United States was once a melting pot, it is now more of a multi-cultural/religious stew.  What was once unique to the various ethnic enclaves in major cities (like Chinatown, Little Tokyo, etc) and college towns is now making its way to even rural areas where adoptions, refugee resettlements, and new businesses are being established.  How can a Christian hope to reach out and be…

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Why We need Christian Ethics

In this blog post, Dr. Todd Daly talks about Christian Ethics, what they are, and why they matter:   Last week a team of scientists in Portland, Oregon announced that they had successfully edited a genetic mutation which causes heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heritable disease that afflicts many unsuspecting adults. The appeal of embryonic genetic manipulation is strong, given the relative simplicity of genetic manipulation at this…

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FM 740 Rethinking Narnia: The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia have delighted readers for more than sixty years. One title in the series is one of the top ten bestselling books of all time; popular movies have been based on them. C. S. Lewis, their author, described them as books that sneak theology “Past watchful dragons.” This class will focus on what Lewis meant by that and how it works. After the introduction, we…

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Christianity and Children’s Lit: a Class Preview

Everywhere we go, we encounter stories. Television shows, movies and video games all tell stories. So do commercials, news clips, and the two people sitting one table over at the coffeshop while you are trying to work. Stories, of course, can also be found in books. Since stories permeate our lives, we need to understand what stories do and how they do it, if for no other reason that to…

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