Ideas and Creations

Rob Shedinger

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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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What I've learned in my career

After a little self-reflection, Sheila Radford-Hill, executive director of Luther's Diversity Center, asks us to ask ourselves "what have we learned?" and gives three insights for a successful career in higher education.

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Loren Toussaint, Luther College associate professor of psychology

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Forgiveness makes late-life sweeter

Studies show practicing forgiveness promotes longer life. Loren Toussaint and co-authors of "Forgiveness, Ego-Integrity, and Depressive Symptoms in Community-Dwelling and Residential Elderly Adults" discuss the benefits of forgiveness, especially in older individuals.

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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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Robert Vrtis

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Back from the Clown Farm

Learning by clowning around? Not quite, but take a look at learning through the eyes of a clown with Robert Vrtis and though you won't need a red nose, you may find that learning life lessons from a clown is deeper than you think.

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Rob Shedinger

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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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