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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Mike McQueen speaks

In this blog, Urbana Seminary Professor Mike McQueen discusses his reaction to a recent article in The Atlantic: It seems a couple of previously unused terms have broken into the academic vocabulary in the last year. In case you have missed them, “microaggression” and “trigger warnings” are now making their debut on college campuses across the country. Microaggressions are “small actions or word choices that seem on their face to…

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“God Bless Us Everyone”

 written by Brent Dickman, Urbana Seminary Alum and Adjunct Professor “A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!” cried a cheerful voice. It was the voice of Scrooge’s nephew, who came upon him so quickly that this was the first intimation he had of his approach. “Bah!” said Scrooge, “Humbug!” He had so heated himself with rapid walking in the fog and frost, this nephew of Scrooge’s, that he was all in a glow;…

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The Metaphorical Gospel

written by Rick Williams, Urbana Seminary student, for the class “A Journey with Hobbits: The Work of J.R.R. Tolkien” I have, on numerous occasions, stood before a class of high school seniors and asserted, “Reading the Lord of the Rings changed my life.  It gave me my first glimpse of the Gospel and started me down the path on which I ultimately found Christ.”  I’ve said as much again recently,…

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Ethics Seminar: Eggsploitation

by Dr Todd Daly Jennifer Lahl’s award-winning documentary Eggsploitation offers a critical interpretation of the practice of egg donation, one of many largely unregulated practices of the fertility industry. Fertility clinics often prey upon young women in college who are faced with increasing levels of debt, offering women with high IQ scores and attractive bodies up to $100,000 for their eggs to help enable childless couples to conceive children. But…

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Anonymous Father’s Day

written by Dr. Todd Daly Imagine that one day you wake up and no longer know who you are, or, more precisely, whose you are. Imagine too that unlike the gradual eroding of cognitive decline that accompanies dementia or Alzheimer’s, where it may not be possible to fully realize that your own identity has been compromised, you are fully aware that you no longer know who you are, or who…

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Eugenics and Christianity

written by David Shudy, Graduate Certificate of Christian Studies student This past January I became enthralled with the potential connection between eugenics and Christianity when watching Ben Stein’s documentary on academic freedom titled Expelled.  At the time, I was registered to take CH 502 – History of World Christianity II.  Dr. Joe Thomas was teaching the class and graciously allowed me to entertain my curiosity about any connection between eugenics…

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He is risen!

By Dr. Kenneth Cuffey, President and Professor of Biblical Studies This week’s blog is a first person imaginative re-creation of the events of the first Easter Sunday morning, told from the perspective of a woman who was part of the circle of Jesus’ followers.  On this Sunday morning, she accompanied Mary, the wife of Clopas, on the journey into town and to the Garden.  Happy Easter!  Jesus is risen! ———————————————-…

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