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Rob Shedinger

Resisting the Medicalization of Mental Illness

Robert Shedinger, Luther associate professor of religion, asks the questions, if mental illness is the result of chemical imbalance, why are incidences increasing despite drug treatment? Could loss of a deep spiritual connection be the cause of the epidemic of anxiety and depression?

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Tariq Ramadan skype interview

Luther students interview internationally known activist

Luther College students had a rare chance to interview an internationally known activist and scholar of contemporary Islam in January. Tariq Ramadan spoke via Skype on Jan. 23 to Robert Shedinger's class on contemporary Islamic thought and Todd Green's class on Islam and the West.

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Tabita Green

Experiencing Islam (and a few other things)

Tabita Green, Luther director of web content, describes a field trip with husband Todd Green's J-term class to visit the Masjid An-Nur Mosque and the Council on American–Islamic Relations in Minneapolis. It was even more experiential than she (and Todd) imagined.

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What to do about disagreement?

Gereon Kopf, Luther College professor of religion, challenges the community to think critically about disagreement and what readers can do to open themselves to a different point of view.

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Rob Shedinger

Handel's irony

Robert Shedinger, Luther associate professor of religion, contemplates the irony of Handel's "Messiah." For Isaiah, Cyrus is the Lord's Messiah, not Jesus! Does the 2,000-year-old interpretive tradition that reduces Isaiah to nothing more than a prophetic predictor of the coming of Jesus erase the far more prophetic message standing at the heart of Isaiah's proclamation?

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What good is a Ph.D. for reading the Bible?

Guy Nave, associate professor of religion, reminds readers that while they do not need a Ph.D. to read the Bible, there are benefits from the academic study of the Bible. He says one important benefit is recognizing there is not only one way to think about the divine.

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Hate or hope?

Todd Green, Luther assistant professor of religion, recounts his experiences with Islamophobia. He wrestles with the question, "Is hope stronger than hate?", and encourages us to find the courage to challenge Islamophobic bigotry.

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