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Teaching Religion at a College of the Church

2014-2015  Luther College Religion Forum Series- "Teaching Religion at a College of the Church." Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:00pm in Olin 102.

Come listen and ask questions as members of a panel of Religion faculty facilitate conversations and understanding on what it means to teach biblical studies at an ELCA college in general and Luther College in particular. Faculty panel includes: Sean Burke, Guy Nave, Karla Suomala and Kristin Swanson.

It is free and open to everyone.

 

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Karla Suomala

Luther College presents Religion Forum Series Oct. 30

The Luther College Religion Department will host the first Religion Forum in the 2014-15 Religion Forum Series "Teaching Religion at a College of the Church" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Franklin W. Olin Building Room 102. The panel will facilitate conversation on what it means to teach biblical studies at an ELCA college and at Luther College in particular.

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Gereon Kopf, Luther College professor of religion

Religious studies at Luther College

The religion department decided to dedicate this year's religion forum to the topic "teaching religion at a college of the church." It seems that, while I was away on sabbatical, my colleagues felt that there is a need to clarify the purpose and scope of the academic study of religion at a church affiliated college. From my experience, I have to agree that there seems to be a lot of confusion with regard to the academic study of religion in general and its role at Luther College in particular.

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Vasquez T

Luther College campus to celebrate Diwali

Luther College students and community members of all religious backgrounds will gather to learn about Diwali, the Festival of Lights, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, in the Peace Dining Room of the Dahl Centennial Union. There will be a brief program, followed by light refreshments and a time for conversation.

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David Vasquez

Luther College campus to celebrate Eid al Adha

Luther College students and community members of all religious backgrounds will gather to learn about Eid al Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Peace Dining Room in Dahl Centennial Union. A brief program of reflections by students who grew up celebrating the festival will be followed by light refreshments and a time for conversation.

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Kristin Swanson

Luther's Kristin Swanson presents lecture on Book of Judges Sept. 16

Luther professor of religion, Kristin Swanson, dissects the biblical book of Judges during the first Paideia Texts and Issues lecture of the year. She argues that, in terms of plot, the book tracks the Israelites from their invasion of Canaan to their establishment of a monarchy, but beneath the surface, these events contribute their own meaning to the Bible.

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Rob Shedinger

Debating Darwin

In his most recent blog post "Debating Darwin," Robert Shedinger, Luther College associate professor of religion, asks whether Darwinian evolution is compatible with religious faith or if a person of faith must reject Darwinian principles. Is Intelligent Design an intellectually coherent alternative or just a conservative Christian ideology dressed up as science?

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Bradley Hanson, Luther College emeritus professor of religion.

'Spirituality and Your Life Story'

In his new book "Spirituality and Your Life Story," Bradley Hanson, Luther College emeritus professor of religion, probes the close connections between spirituality and personal "life story."

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