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Dogmatic Darwinism

Can intelligent design theory be considered a valid scientific alternative to Darwinian evolution? Can evolutionary questions be answered by naturalistic science alone, or do religion and philosophy still have a valid stake? Read on as Bob Shedinger, Luther associate professor of religion, explores the possibilities in Dogmatic Darwinism.

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Ferguson: A question of excessive force

Guy Nave, Luther professor of religion, asks the hard questions regarding the Nov. 24 Ferguson shooting announcement. When is "by any means necessary" appropriate? Is it ever? What exactly qualifies as "excessive force"? How do these questions relate to being a professor at a liberal arts college?

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Todd Green

Luther College Religion Department hosts forum Nov. 18

The Luther College Religion Department invites the Decorah community to "Religion among the Liberal Arts," the second event in the 2014-15 Luther College Religion Forum Series, "Teaching Religion at a College of the Church." The forum will take place Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

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Justice... not 'just us'

It's time to advance justice rather than situations of "just us." Guy Nave, Luther professor of religion, and his class wrestle with the idea of God as one who works from the bottom-up on behalf of many rather than one who works from the top-down on behalf of a few.

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Darwinian (Dis)analogies

Can natural selection create design without the existence of an Intelligent Designer? Luther Professor of Religion Robert Shedinger asks this and more in his newest blog post "Darwinian (Dis)analogies."

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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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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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